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As violence against Black community members at the hands of law enforcement continues to rise, we may feel rage, sadness, fear or emotions too overwhelming to name. We may wonder why and how such injustice could continue for so long.

Above all, we may feel the urge to change a system rooted in racism and inequality and replace it with a system that dispenses justice rather than violence. These books offer detailed histories and critiques of America’s police system as well as passionate, thoughtful ways we can all work and advocate for change. Because Black lives matter.

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Better, Not Bitter: Living on Purpose in the Pursuit of Racial Justice

Salaam, exonerated after being wrongfully imprisoned for seven years as one of the Central Park Five, recounts his life and shares the lessons it has taught him. He explores the oppression of Black people and encourages readers to channel anger into action. Salaam also collaborated with author Ibi Zoboi on Punching the Air,” a novel in verse based on his experiences. 

Black Lives Matter

Encompassing multiple viewpoints, this collection of essays explains and explores the Black Lives Matter movement.

For the People: A Story of Justice and Power

Krasner, a civil rights lawyer, recounts his successful 2017 campaign for Philadelphia district attorney and presents alternatives to current policing tactics, including increased treatment for mental illness and greater economic development. 

The Profession: A Memoir of Community, Race, and the Arc of Policing in America

The controversial former New York police commissioner relates how well-intentioned but misguided policies may have given Black people more reasons to mistrust the police. Mingling anecdotes from his decades-long career and current events, he examines American policing and explores alternatives, such as defunding the police. 

Race and Policing

An examination of how policing’s troubled history contributed to recent incidents of minorities dying or being mistreated in police custody, with views from police officers and community members advocating for change. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla.

Tangled Up in Blue: Policing the American City

Journalist and law professor Brooks vividly recounts her stint as a reserve cop in Washington, DC. Noting how racism and mass incarceration were detrimental to the community, she explains how her training led her to create a fellowship for educating new recruits about these issues.