How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Antiracism Resources Available at CMU Libraries

At CMU, our Black students, faculty, and staff have experienced discrimination and injustice on campus and in the community. You can learn more about the experiences of Black students, faculty, staff, and alumni at Stop Racial Injustice and Bias at CMU and about the experiences of students of color through the video, It Takes an Open Mind.

One way we can learn about our country’s history of racism and how to become antiracist is to read about it. Reading is a great beginning point that can lead to reflection, discussion, and action.

In an interview with Booklist, Ibram X. Kendi said, “I’ve been transformed by literature and books. Being able to write books that do the same for other people inspires me.” Dr. Kendi’s writings, and the writings of other Black authors, give us a vocabulary for understanding and discussing antiracism.

To expand the CMU Libraries’ antiracism resources and provide more users with access to these resources, we recently purchased the materials listed below. Depending upon the specific item, we added e-book formats where we previously only had print books, converted single-user e-book licenses to multi-user licenses where possible, and added print books where e-book formats were not available for libraries.

We hope these resources will inspire you, challenge you, and help us help create a more inclusive and welcoming community for our Black students, faculty, and staff.

You can find more titles about antiracism, racism, and other topics by searching our collections. We welcome your suggestions of other books and media we could add to our collections.


  • Historic archives of The Michigan Chronicle, a Michigan-based Black newspaper. Includes newspaper issues published between 1936 and 2010. Students and faculty exploring African American studies and the history of race relations in Michigan will find this new resource useful for course assignments, scholarly activities, and beyond.

E-books (multi-user licenses): 

E-books (three-user licenses per e-book): 

E-books (single-user licenses): 

Print books:

You can borrow print books using our contactless book pickup service, and we will ship books to students who live outside the Mount Pleasant region.

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