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.
In our collections
- Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
- How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
- Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (Author), Karen Chilton
- Tears we Cannot Stop, by Michael Eric Dyson
- We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta Nehisi Coates
- Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi Coates
- White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
- Educated by Tara Westover
- Race Matters, 25th Anniversary by Cornel West
- The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, edited by Jesmyn Ward
- Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
- Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces by Radley Balko
- Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? by Mumia Abu-Jamal
- When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
- A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History by Jeanne Theoharis
- How We Fight White Supremacy by Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin
On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope by Deray McKesson
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (June 15-July 15)
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (June 22-July 19)
- Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F Saad (June 22-July 12)
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijemoa Oluo (upcoming)
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
Films and documentaries
- I Am Not Your Negro, written by James Baldwin, dir. by Raoul Peck
- Moonlight, dir. by Barry Jenkins
- Within Our Gates, dir. by Oscar Micheaux
- Daughters of the Dust, dir. by Julie Dash
In the catalog
- Boycott, Directed by Clark Johnson
- Do the Right Thing, dir. by Spike Lee
- Fences, written by August Wilson, dir. by Denzel Washigton
- Fruitvale Station, dir. by Ryan Coogler
- Get Out, dir. by Jordan Peele
- If Beale Street Could Talk, dir. by Barry Jenkins
- Malcolm X, dir. by Spike Lee
- Selma, dir. by Ava DuVernay
Available via Inter-Library Loan (email firstname.lastname@example.org to request)
- Blackout, dir. by Jerry LaMothe
- Middle of Nowhere, dir. by Ava DuVernay
- Pariah, dir. by Dee Rees
BAPL Virtual Film Club: The Last Black Man in San Francisco
- Watch the film on Kanopy anytime in July
- Join the Virtual Film Club discussion on Thursday July 30, 7:30 pm.
Join us for a virtual film series for adults! Each month we pick a culturally significant film for library patrons to watch on Kanopy. This month the featured film is Joe Talbot’s The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019). Watch the film on your own schedule and then meet with our virtual film club to discuss the film on Thursday July 30 at 7:30 pm. Librarians Valerie and Matthew will discuss this month’s film via Zoom; come ready to join the conversation or just enjoy listening to the discussion! Registration is required. Last day to register is July 28. Email invitations for Zoom will be sent out the day prior to the event.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
- Full length films and other videos from PBS
- Bookshare reading lists
- Black Film history links
- UCLA Film and Television Archive
- Criterion Channel: Pioneers of African American Cinema
- NPR Podcast Special Series: African Americans in Film
- Film Quarterly
- National Museum of African American History & Culture: Film and Television
- The Guardian: “Black films matter – how African American cinema fought back against Hollywood”
- Film Forum: “BLACK WOMEN: Trailblazing African American Actresses & Images, 1920 – 2001”
- University of Maine Honors Thesis: “A Comparative Study of African American Representations in Film from Original to Remake as Influenced by the Civil Rights Movement”