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Black Lives Matter

Suggested readings to learn more about the Black Lives Matter movement and the history of racism in the United States

About #BlackLivesMatter

#BlackLivesMatter began as a social-media movement when activists Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi created the hashtag in response to the shooting of 17-year old Trayvon Martin. The movement gathered momentum after 18-year old Mike Brown was killed by the Ferguson, MO Police Department. Since then, #BlackLivesmatter has grown into an international civil rights movement that is invested in eliminating the interconnected forms of oppression and injustice that disproportionately impacts Black people. (, 2016)

About This Guide

This guide is a starting point for members of the Columbia College Chicago community seeking resources relevant to the Black Lives Matter movement. As a guide to selecting appropriate resources in our collection, we have considered several of the crowdsourced reading lists which currently exist online, including those which are tangentially related to the #blacklivesmatter movement.

Longform Reading List

Novels and Stories Exploring Race