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Diverse Voices

Classics by Black Authors

Although the established canon of classic literature has historically excluded marginalized voices, Black authors have continued to write artful, influential works. Check out these classics by Black authors that you might not have read in school. 

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Parallel Lives

These stories illuminate the possibilities and choices that forge a life. Consider these juxtaposed lives by traversing the multiverse, jumping through time, or peering into the world of the person next door.

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Why Black Lives Matter

View a list of books and films 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.

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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.

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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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Mythology Retellings

However ancient, myths and legends remain relevant, resonating with human desires, tragedies, and ideals. Explore contemporary mythology retellings with these vibrant titles.

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The Secret Life of Words

Language is our everyday medium of self-expression, and yet we rarely ponder its grammar, symbolism, and evolution. Explore the nuance, dynamics, and hilarity of language—from untranslatable words to emoji—with these books.

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