Resources for Understanding: the Social Movement to End Police Violence Against African Americans
The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers has sparked protests across the country, and reignited the social movement against racism and police violence. As conversations about racial injustice take shape in homes, in the news, on social media, and in the streets of American cities, it is important to recall the long history of discrimination and its relation to policing, as well as the history of resistance and innovative activism against racism.
We offer this list of books as an invitation to use UC Davis Library resources to study this social problem, and hopefully, to assist in the construction of lasting, equitable and just solutions. It includes books on civil rights, police violence, racial discrimination and the Black Lives Matter movement. Many of these books were included in a list we assembled five years ago, after the killing of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. These still relevant titles are joined by several important new works that push the analysis further.
It is not an exhaustive list, and it only represents a fraction of available resources. It supplements resource guides by educators and activists (such as this Shareable Anti-Racism Resources Guide by Tasha K. Ryals). The present list of books from the UC Davis Library is a small part of wider and dynamic conversation, which can be accessed by following the authors and concepts outlined below. It illustrates the varied approaches taken by scholars who are thinking deeply about the condition of the problem, and working to create the positive social change necessary to end injustice against African Americans.
To locate and read these books, cut and paste the title into the main search box on the UC Davis Library catalog. Many of the titles are available electronically to UC Davis affiliates.
See this guide for tips on how to locate scanned copies of books that are not readily available as eBooks from our catalog.
Additional resources and support for researchers studying this topic, or related topics, can be found by way of these library subject guides on African and African American Studies, Sociology, and History.
As research evolves and progresses in this area, the Library will be providing access to new resources. Please feel free to recommend titles and sources as we build our collections and guides.