Conversations About Race

Conversations About Race

Resources About Race for All Ages That Belong on Every Reading List

We join you all in trying to process the anger, frustration, and anxiety that has been expressed in Washington D.C. and other cities following the sickening killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. We see the lasting effects of systemic racism here and elsewhere every single day of our lives, but rarely so pointedly. If we needed another reminder that the road to racial equity and justice is distressingly long and uphill, we got it. 
Libraries have always served a critical role during times of upheaval and disruption. In 2018, we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with "The People's University" which gave DC residents the opportunity to share personal stories, understand their city in new ways, and bond over difficult but communal experiences.
We stand with you as we work together to find meaning and solace through our pain and anger. As we prepare to reopen our central library that will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and continue to champion the values he advocated, DC Public Library is seeking to help residents better understand racism in its less obvious but no less damaging forms.

The Library has made available a collection of titles to help readers of all ages have the sometimes difficult, but necessary conversations on race. Download ebook copies now with your library card.


Picture Books

Fiction Books

Nonfiction Books







Additional reading lists have been put together in Overdrive. Download the ebooks or audiobooks with your library card. You can access these and additional digital resources on the goDigital page

June is Black Music Month
To celebrate Black Music Month in June, listen to a Black Lives Matter playlist on Freegal, available to stream with your DC Public Library card. These songs serve to remind us of the constant work that must be done to overcome systemic racism, inequality and injustice. This DC Public Library curated playlist includes protest songs and voices of the civil rights movement across generations, highlighting a few of D.C.'s own local artists! This playlist includes explicit language. 

You can access these and additional digital resources on the goDigital page