Black Lives Matter
When stories of gun violence and tragedy seem like a daily occurrence, it can be hard to remember that our city was built on the values of Brotherly Love. While some may argue that all lives matter, it does not feel like we are applying that belief to our African-American neighbors, friends, and community members. In 2013, the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter began to be used on Twitter after the shooting of Trayvon Martin. In the time since, the hashtag has grown into an international activist movement that campaigns against violence toward black people.
The Free Library of Philadelphia supports this belief and is a haven for all people to learn, explore, and grow in the knowledge that they are safe and respected within our walls. We can do more. To begin, we’ve compiled a list of books, websites, blog posts, images, etc. that support this truth. What else could we do? Let us know. Libraries exist to support their neighbors!
Image courtesy of Bryan Collier from his book "I, Too, Am America" by Langston Hughes and Bryan Collier.