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Graphic Novels

Check out these Own Voices fiction and non-fiction graphic novels.


Black Money Matters

Stretch that dollar further with help from these personal finance experts.


Anti-Racism Resources

The Library is a great resource for finding materials about fighting racism, with enlightening items available for everyone: kids, teens, and adults. Explore some of these resources to learn and grow in your knowledge of and commitment to anti-racism.


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. 


Black Joy Matters

While it's important to shine a light on the struggle of the Black community, it's also important to highlight the wonderfully joyful books featuring Black characters and authors. If you'd like to escape into a happily-ever-after, here are some optimistic Black stories to sink into.


Black Lives Matter

A powerful way to develop empathy for those of different identities and backgrounds is by attending to their stories and perspectives. The first part of this Own Voices list offers memoirs by Black authors who explore their intersecting identities and the impacts of racism and injustice on themselves and those whom they love. The second part collects empowering anti-racist nonfiction and fiction for teen readers.


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