The Diablo Valley College Library is committed to providing accessible and informative materials that address racial and social justice in our society. In this guide, you'll find a growing list of anti-racism, social justice, and Black Lives Matter related resources available on and off campus. This collection is by no means comprehensive but, we hope, it will provide our community with some guidance to addressing racism, white supremacy, and state violence while also centering and uplifting the immense cultural contributions of Black Americans.
To get involved, please visit the The Movement for Black Lives website.
All books listed are linked to their record in OneSearch. If you see a gap or would like to request an eBook version of any print materials listed, please contact one of the Subject Librarians. We'll do our best to accommodate all reasonable requests.
If you'd rather purchase your own copy of any resource, consider supporting a Black-owned independent bookstore near you.
Dear DVC Community,
We begin this semester with the brutal reminder that violence against Black bodies is not the exception but appears to be the “unsaid” rule of “American democracy.” The Student Equity and Success Committee joins the Racial Justice Task force in declaring enough is enough! We stand in solidarity with those who have been the targets of racism, bigotry, violence, inequality, and police brutality. James Baldwin reminded us that “You cannot fix what you will not face.” Ignorance and silence can no longer be tolerated; now is the time to acknowledge and act against Anti-Black racism. Yes, racism affects all people of color in a multitude of ways, and Black people are part of that vociferous and untangled web. But Anti-Black racism speaks to the specific ways in which Black people are seen, targeted, dehumanized, and often killed in a manner that is unlike any other group of people in the United States.
Anti-Blackness is a two-part formation that both strips Blackness of value (dehumanizes), and systematically marginalizes Black people. It consists of overt slurs but also covert Anti-Black policies, institutions, and ideologies. Institutionalized racism can occur in conscious and unconscious ways.
Unequivocally, we affirm that Black lives matter. We are committed to uprooting Anti-Blackness in ourselves and our institution. Throughout this semester, we invite our community to commit to an integrated plan for combatting Anti-Blackness in both personal and institutional contexts. We are here for the movement and not just the moment.
Student Equity and Success Committee
Racial Justice Task Force