In January of 2019, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi addressed the Fairfield University community as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation Keynote Speaker and spoke to us about how the opposite of being racist isn't being not-racist, it's being anti-racist. Now, just over one year later, as we mourn the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, we need to think even more critically about anti-racism and reforming the current system that threatens and ends the lives of our brothers and sisters in the Black community. We need to educate ourselves further to learn how we can do better, and advocate for change now.
This guide includes a list of resources that we find useful in helping us understand and address the systemic racism within America. As the Fairfield University community moves forward together during this painful time, please know that we at the DiMenna-Nyselius Library are here to help you access credible information and that we are committed to continuing to grow our collection on this important issue. We will continue to update this page as more resources are added to our collection. If there are any titles that you would like to see added to our collection, or if you would like us to try getting any of our physical books as an ebook, please use our suggest-a-purchase form.