Martin Luther King, Jr.: His Legacy Lives On

Our library system will be closed Monday, January 21, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, but our bookdrops and online collections will still be available.

Here is a list of ten titles that reflect the current state of the issue of racial equality in the U.S.

As always, click on the book cover or title to be taken to the library's catalog where you can check holdings and/or place your holds.

Backlash : what happens when we talk honestly about racism in America / George Yancy.

The author reports on the hostile reaction to his 2015 "New York times" op-ed about the ways in which white people benefit from racism, and expands on his argument that racial reconciliation requires whites to deal with their sense of entitlement. (Baker & Taylor)

Black man in a white coat : a doctor’s reflections on race and medicine / Damon Tweedy.

A graduate of Duke Medical School shares his experiences grappling with racial identity, bias, and the unique health problems of black Americans, examining the complex ways in which both black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult terrain of race and medicine. (Baker & Taylor)

How not to get shot : and other advice from white people / D.L. Hughley and Doug Moe.

The comedian host of the nationally syndicated radio program, The Original Kings of Comedy, builds on conversations he had with his children in a cutting satire of race relations in the era of Trump and Black Lives Matter. (Atlas Pub.)

How to be less stupid about race : on racism, white supremacy, and the racial divide / Crystal Marie Fleming.

An essential guide to breaking through the half-truths and misconceptions that have corrupted the way race is represented in the classroom, pop culture, media and politics, this book represents a sobering and urgently needed call to action for everyone who wants to challenge white supremacy and intersectional oppression. (Atlas Pub.)

It was all a dream : a new generation confronts the broken promise to Black America / Reniqua Allen.

A deeply reported, compassionate assessment of the racial challenges compromising the futures of today's black millennials discusses how influences ranging from the recession to the Trump administration are specifically limiting the prospects of today's young African-Americans. (Atlas Pub.)

Nobody : casualties of America’s war on the vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and beyond / Marc Lamont.

Offers an analysis of race and class in America that addresses the harmful exclusion and exploitation of vulnerable populations considered to be "nobodies" in contemporary society, and how the current system tends to worsen the plight of the most vulnerable. (Baker & Taylor)

A perilous path : talking race, inequality, and the law / Sherrilyn A. Ifill, et al.

Drawing on their collective decades of work on civil rights issues as well as personal histories of rising from poverty and oppression, the head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a former attorney general of the U.S., a death penalty lawyer and a star professor candidly and heatedly discuss race in America today and in the age of Trump.  (Atlas Pub.)

Policing Black bodies : how Black lives are surveilled and how to work for change / Angela Hattery.

Walks readers through critical issues facing African Americans in the criminal justice system—from police brutality to exoneration and re-entry. Synthesizing the latest research with their own data, Hattery and Smith review the history of policing African Americans, explore current issues, and offer recommendations for change. (Rowman and Littlefield)

We can’t breathe : on Black lives, White lies, and the art of survival / Jabari Asim.

A critically acclaimed writer presents eight wide-ranging and powerful essays that tell the story of black survival and persistence through art and community in the face of centuries of racism. (Atlas Pub.)

White fragility : why it’s so hard to talk about racism / Robin D’Angelo.

Analyzes defensive moves that white people make when racially challenged, how these actions protect racial inequality, and presents strategies for engaging more constructively in these conversations. (Baker & Taylor)


Looking for even more titles? Click over to our OverDrive collection where you will find more titles in eBook and eAudiobook formats, and you can research Martin Luther King, Jr. and others using our Biography in Context eSource with your library card.