Summer Resource Recommendations: Exploring Racial Justice Issues

Every Tuesday during UCLA’s summer break (June 16 through Sept. 22), Library staff and student workers will share resource recommendations related to issues of racial justice, and how the Bruin community can read, view or listen to these critical materials.


June 30 | Rhonda A. Super, Serials Specialist and Checkin SupervisorOpen copy of "Black Women in America"

Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia, edited by Darlene Clark Hine, Elsa Barkley Brown, Rosalyn Terborg-Penn

Accessible via the HathiTrust Digital Library (UCLA authentication required)

Rhonda says: "This title addresses the historical gap of two groups whose contributions have been missing from the American social fabric and historical record: women and African-Americans. My interest in the woman suffrage movement led me to discover this title. In addition to broadening my understanding of the racial discrimination that existed in the suffrage movement, it opened a whole world on contributions of Black American women - and did it delightfully!"

Read Rhonda's blog exploring more of Black Women in America.


June 23 | Mark Quigley, John H. Mitchell Television Archivist in the UCLA Film & Television ArchiveMark Quigley recommends  Marlon Riggs' "Color Adjustment"

Marlon Riggs' Color Adjustment (1992)

Accessible via Kanopy (UCLA or local library authentication required)

Mark says: "In his essential work, 'Color Adjustment' (1992), acclaimed New Queer Cinema filmmaker and activist Marlon Riggs uncompromisingly examines 40 years of African American images on television. Framed by incisive quotes from James Baldwin, Riggs employs original interviews, deep research and extensive archival footage to illuminate the disparity between portrayals of Black life on the small screen and reality. Through the deconstruction of iconic scenes of beloved TV programs juxtaposed against news footage from the civil rights era, Riggs reveals the damaging illusions (from minstrelsy to colorblind utopias) that television propagates to appease white viewers in the name of commerce. The still-relevant documentary received a prestigious Peabody Award in 1993 as 'a timely and enlightening treatment of an important topic.'”


June 16 | Kaitlin Alcontin ’22, Powell Library Digital Outreach Student AssistantKaitlin Alcontin ’22 recommend Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between the World and Me"

Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me

Accessible via the HathiTrust Digital Library (UCLA authentication required)

Kaitlin says: “Ta-Nehisi Coates says it all in this profound letter to his son, especially when pointing out the inherent violence of structural oppression: ‘Racism is a visceral experience, that dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, extracts organs, cracks bones, breaks teeth. You must never look away from this. You must always remember that the sociology, the history, the economics, the graphs, the charts, the regressions all land, with great violence, upon the body.’”

Between the World and Me was the UCLA Common Book for 2016-17; a wealth of resources, including a timeline of related titles, can be found in this Library LibGuide.