June 29, 2020

Antiracist Resources

The Bethlehem Area Public Library is committed to actively supporting essential conversations and actions to confront racism in America.

This page will feature antiracist resources available in our collections, links to external resources, and information about library programs that promote antiracist conversation within our community and with our patrons.

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In our collections

Antiracist reading


Black authors, thinkers, and creators

“Reading Anti-Racist Nonfiction Is a Start. But Don’t Underestimate the Power of Black Fiction,” Jasmine Guillory, writing for Time Magazine

N.K. Jemisin
One of the most important writers working today, you simply fall in to Jemisin’s worlds, care desperately for her characters, and live alongside them as they search, love, struggle and survive. The first author to win the Hugo Award (honoring the best of science fiction and fantasy) three times consecutively, for each volume in her Broken Earth trilogy.
Octavia Butler
Spare and haunting, like a good friend telling you a strange true story by the fireside. Her writing about writing (including essays in Bloodchild) is just as inspiring as her fiction.
Jasmine Guillory
Guillory writes modern romances you just want to hug. Smart, sexy, and so much fun.
Toni Morrison 
To read Toni Morrison, through her fiction or her non-fiction, is to encounter a great mind, and to have your own mind made richer.
Margo Jefferson 
Theater critic and culture writer Jefferson’s memoir, about growing up in the 1950s in the upper crust of Black Chicago society–her father was head of pediatrics at a hospital, her mother was a socialite–is as beautifully written as it is illuminating about privilege and race.
Colson Whitehead
Whether he’s writing about zombies, the fleeting summer vacations of youth, elevator repair, or putting a postmodern spin on the Underground Railroad, Whitehead is always inventive, always humane, always himself.
Films and documentaries
On Kanopy

In the catalog

Available via Inter-Library Loan (email interlibraryloan@bapl.org to request)

  • Blackout, dir. by Jerry LaMothe
  • Middle of Nowhere, dir. by Ava DuVernay
  • Pariah, dir. by Dee Rees


Upcoming programs

Black Women Writers: Past and Present

  • 4-session series. Thursday July 9 & 23 and August 6 & 20 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • In Partnership with Lehigh University Dept. Of English
  • Facilitated by Jo Grim and Shelby Carr

Register today!

How can two novels by nineteenth-century Black women writers illuminate our present historical moment? Over the course of four weeks, this group will come together to read Hannah Craft’s The Bondwoman’s Narrative and Harriet Wilson’s Our Nig and discuss how these works are relevant to racism and racial injustice today. This group is facilitated by Jo Grimm and Shelby Carr.


Dialogues on Racial Justice: An Introductory Workshop Series on Issues of Systemic Racism in the United States

  • 4-session series. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays in July and August from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Presented by Linda-Wiggins Chavis

Register today!

Learn about how racism is constructed and maintained, historical contexts of systemic oppression and police brutality, and the progress towards equitable reform for restorative justice. This class is taught by Linda Wiggins-Chavis.

Read about our Dialogues on Racial Justice series in The Southsider!

The Clearing: Movement towards Communities of Compassion

  • A Dancing Mindfulness Gathering with Dr. Alisha Tatem
  • 4-week series. Saturdays July 25-August 15 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 pm.

Register today!

Join us for a 4-week dancing mindfulness gathering! Participants will create an open space where they can engage through movement, song, and storytelling about the impacts of systemic racism, how we can begin to dismantle systems that oppress people, and develop communities of care and compassion. This class is taught by Dr. Alisha Tatem.

External links

Past programs

BAPL Virtual Film Club for July 2020: The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Read a review of The Last Black Man in San Francisco in The Southsider!

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