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Race, Justice, and Rights: A Reading List for Current Events

    Tyler Johnson Was Here

    Tyler Johnson Was Here - Jay Coles

    When Marvin Johnson's twin brother, Tyler, is shot and killed by a police officer, Marvin must fight injustice to learn the true meaning of freedom.

    TEEN FICTION Coles, J.    
    The Hate U Give

    The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

    After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

    TEEN FICTION Thomas, A.
    How it Went Down

    How it Went Down - Kekla Magoon

    When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is white, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree.

    TEEN FICTION Magoon, K.
    Black Lives Matter

    Black Lives Matter - Sue Bradford Edwards

    Discusses the Black Lives Matter organization, describing the events that led to the group's creation, their impact on society, and their hopes for the future.
    All American Boys

    All American Boys - Jason Reynolds

    When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating viewpoints.

    TEEN FICTION Reynolds, J.
    Between the World and Me

    Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates

    For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him--most urgently, why he, and other black people he knew, seemed to live in fear ... In [this book], Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings--moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield with a rogue historian, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's 'long war on black people,' or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by the police.

    305.896073 C652 2015
    Yes You Can!

    Yes You Can! - Jane Drake & Ann Love

    Every time our society takes steps forward, segregation becomes illegal, child labor is exposed, and companies that poison our air are called to account. Behind those steps are people who identified problems, worked together, and created change. Lifelong environmental activists, Jane Drake and Ann Love present the nine steps to social change and much more.

    TEEN 361.2 D761 2010

    Monster - Walter Dean Myers

    While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

    TEEN FICTION Myers, W.    
    A Wreath for Emmett Till

    A Wreath for Emmett Till - Marilyn Nelson

    In 1955 people all over the United States knew that Emmett Louis Till was a fourteen-year-old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. The brutality of his murder, the open-casket funeral held by his mother, Mamie Till Mobley, and the acquittal of the men tried for the crime drew wide media attention. In a profound and chilling poem, award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose fate helped spark the civil rights movement.

    CHILDREN 811.54 T574zn 2005
    Black and White

    Black and White - Paul Volponi

    Two star high school basketball players, one black and one white, experience the justice system differently after committing a crime together and getting caught.

    TEEN FICTION Volponi, P.
    This Side of Home

    This Side of Home - Renée Watson

    Twins Nikki and Maya Younger always agreed on most things, but as they head into their senior year they react differently to the gentrification of their Portland, Oregon, neighborhood and the new--white--family that moves in after their best friend and her mother are evicted.

    TEEN FICTION Watson, R.  
    You Got This!

    You Got This! - Maya S. Penn

    Maya offers both inspiration and a real-world, hands-on guide to help you find your passion...and then put it to work in your own life.

    TEEN 158.1 P412 2016
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