In May 2020, George Floyd’s murder caught national attention, sparking protests across the country. The protests propelled us into movement times marked by widespread advocacy and engagement. People used social media to document their experiences at protests and share book, article, TV, and movie recommendations. Anti-racist book sales surged. People read, listened, and interacted critically with important topics. Over the past few weeks, though, the number of demonstrations has decreased and for many, attention has shifted to other concerns.
This is where we come in. As Mario Quintana said: “Books don’t change the world; people change the world. Books only change people.” We believe in the transformational power of education, and we want to ensure that conversations about systemic racism and inequality persist.
Libraries for Liberation distributes books that center the experiences of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and raise awareness of systemic racism to neighborhoods across the United States. We purchase books from BIPOC-owned bookstores, and distribute them to Little Free Libraries through a network of volunteers. We hope the books that we distribute will facilitate community conversations that lead to connection, healing, and liberatory action.