The Athabasca University Library has curated a list of anti-racism resources from our library and those that are publicly available. These resources range from books on white privilege and systemic racism, to guides on protest safety, to talking to children about racism.
AU Library aims to add resources as they become available that will be beneficial to anyone looking to educate themselves or learn more about the Black Lives Matter movement. Please contact the library if you have any suggestions or requests for this page.
Safety While Protesting
“The fight for a better world is a dangerous one. We cannot guarantee our safety in this moment. But, there is time-honored activist knowledge that can help us in this moment: know how to protest, do your research, and evaluate new information carefully.
Resources for Supporting Protesters
“As turbulent events relating to civil rights and social justice have unfolded across the country following the killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and many before them, many are seeking constructive ways to assist people advocating for civil rights and social justice. The resources here include links to social justice organizations, ways to support WCL students, petitions, links to bail funds, news sources, advice for protesters, relevant library sources and more.”
What you can do
Edmonton Anti-Black Racism ToolKit
A toolkit designed to inform Edmontonians on systemic Anti-Black racism and policing issues.
Educate. Engage. Activate. To End Racism.
How we can educate, engage, and activate to invoke change and “dismantle the racialized world we live in.”
How to support Black Lives Matter, wherever you are
“Here are all the ways you can show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests in the USA and around the world.”
Let’s Talk About Race & Discrimination
“This list is my compilation of literature which covers the topics of race and discrimination. Whether the book covers the topic head on (Hood Feminism), or challenges you to consider other perspectives and experiences (Girl, Women, Other) I’ll include the title. This list is meant for all! It doesn’t matter the colour of your skin or your reading style, I’m sure you can find something you’ll enjoy. I’ve included both fiction and non-fiction as they both provide new information and perspectives on race and discrimination.”
Ways to be an Ally
“How can you help resist oppression when it doesn’t affect you personally? Even around little things that happen in your everyday life? The answer is allyship. Being an ally means using your privilege to help support people who are facing oppressions that you may not experience yourself (things like ableism, racism, sexism, homophobia, etc.). It’s no small commitment. Being an ally can sometimes mean that you have to confront people that are contributing to a culture of oppression or causing harm to others. But as they say, no one is free when others are oppressed — your efforts to be an ally definitely matter!”
White Academia: Do Better.
“Higher education has a problem. It’s called White Supremacy.”