By: Sarah Wilsman, Collection Development Specialist.

The Black Lives Matter movement is celebrating four years in formal existence. It started out as a black-centered political will and movement building project turned chapter-based, member-led organization whose mission is to build local power and to intervene when violence is inflicted on black communities by the state and vigilantes.

Hashtags you should know

In terms of Kids Lit #BLKLIVESMATTER generated discussion about race that raised awareness and mobilized people to seek out works with #ownvoices.

Here are several compiled lists of OverDrive titles that celebrate the African American experience:

Black Lives Matter


African American Authors and Characters


Stories you should hear

Listen to founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors read her acclaimed memoir when they call you a terrorist about founding the BLM movement. It is a powerful story about growing up Black in America.

Read the synopsis here.