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Black History Month Resources: Home

This guide contains resources that explore the contributions and lives of Black and African American persons.

Black History Month - McDonald Library

Black History Month 2021 - Xavier University Library


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Bellarmine Chapel Resources

Resources for Racial Justice
compiled by the Bellarmine Dismantling Racism Team

The Link above provides a selection of resources that members of the Dismantling Racism Team recommend as a starting point for those interested in understanding and responding to racism, white supremacy, and racial inequities today.  We hope they will open the door to or further support you in your journey towards active anti-racism and transformative change.   

We  includes some church statements and background information on racism, then list organizations, films, and and written resources, including the list we read as a parish community through our book group series, 2016-2019.  

Quick Links: Organizations | Films |Books | TedTalks | On Being | Articles

Xavier All For One - Diversity

At Xavier University, we come from all different walks of life. No two of us are exactly the same and that’s where we find our strength. Being Musketeers makes us All for One. Embracing our differences to bring us together, means we are all one.


The Warmth of Other Suns

by Isabel Wilkerson

White Fragility

by Robin Diangelo

White Flight

by Kevin Kruse

Racism Without Racists

by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

White Rage

by Carol Anderson

How to Be an Antiracist

by Ibram X. Kendi

White by Law

by Ian Haney-Lopez

The New Jim Crow

by Michelle Alexander

Me and White Supremacy

by Layla F. Saad

American Lynching

by Ashraf Rushdy

Raising White Kids

by Jennifer Harvery

The Fire Next Time

by James Baldwin

Fatal Invention

by Dorothy Roberts

Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Dog Whistle Politics

by Ian Haney Lopez

Black Feminist Thought

by Patricia Hill Collins

FYS Anti-Black State Sanctioned Violence

Anti-Black State-Sanctioned Violence in the U.S.



Professor ShaDawn Battle Ph.D. Core 100 FYS Course

Student Art Work and Zine Exhibit

The first unit covered in my Stat-Sanctioned Violence FYS class was Structural Violence/Housing Injustice. We read Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, Ta-Nehisi Coates's "A Case for reparations," in addition to other supplementary materials--popular media and otherwise. The students were tasked with the creation of an art project that illustrated the ramifications of structural racism--that is, its detrimental effects on Black families, modes of resitance and transcendence, and underhanded means of maintaining racially disparate structuers (such as  colorblind tactics, personified, in one example, by a smiling and seemingly benevolent Ronald Reagan). Many of their projects were illustrations of redlining vis-a-vis the juxtapositon of predominantly white communities outlined in green, and Black communities, considered "hazardous," outlined in red.  Some students wrote poems in efforts to shed light on the topic.

Although the art projects, as stand-alone examples of protest art, were telling independent of the presentations, the presentations also brought them to life. For instance, one student reified the human costs of Black men aspiring to be capitalists--the very racist system responsible for their subservient positoins in society. At first glance, one might not recognize the flakes of flesh falling to the ground as two business men shake hands, concealing sinister intentions, but ultimately, this student argued that the intra-racial turmoil that results from capitalist aspirations in Black communities often ends in a loss of self, symbolized by the flakes of flesh.

On the other hand, digitally archiving their art divorced from their respective rationales, has its rewards. The indeterminancy compels viewers to themselves conjure the many examples of structural injustice and the attendant Black rage in other contexts--in contexts that the students may not have considered. Doing so weaves together an even more comprehensive narrative on the subject of structural violence.


The Social Justice Zine Assignment was designed for students to create and present Zines on the topic of gender – and sexuality-specific police violence targeting Black women. Each group was assigned a chapter from Andrea Ritchie’s Invisible No More.  The chapters highlight the policing of the following categories: girls, sexual violence, disability, and gender.


Films and Videos

MLA Resources

The site will collect resources that you can use for your teaching, to acknowledge and address the history, theory, and literature that can contextualize what has led to the activism in the US around racism in the summer of 2020. Choose a category and click around - Black History Month and Racial Justice and Reconciliation