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Indigenous Stories

Indigenous Peoples' Day celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. It is celebrated across the United States on the second Monday in October as a reclamation of Columbus Day. November is Native American Heritage Month. Discover stories by Indigenous authors with one of these titles.


Why Black Lives Matter: Links and Resources

View a list of resources which were recommended by a panel of artists, educators and historians during the Why Black Lives Matter webinar, which took place on Tuesday, October 20 and was facilitated by Jonathan Herbert, theater program head at Ozarks Technical Community College. A link to a recording of the webinar is included in the article.



A mix of fiction and nonfiction, the authors in this list explore issues of romance, sexuality, self-discovery, empowerment, and discrimination from a Black LGBT perspective. 



Explore a cozy mystery or hard-boiled adventure alongside a Black sleuth in one of these novels.


Poetry and Essays

These poems and essays by contemporary Black authors that explore racial identity, community, and injustice. At turns joyous and contemplative, these titles examine the history and future of Black experience. 


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