On May 25, Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota became the center of attention with the death of George Floyd. It was also an open window to a curious world that wanted to learn more about African American history, race relations, and social justice. The University of Minnesota Press has released a digital collection, “Reading for Racial Justice,” for free summer reading. The collection has been curated to express the intersectionality of race, food, and environmental justice.
On the site, they state, “The University of Minnesota Press is committed to challenging white supremacy, police violence, and unequal access to criminal justice, education, and resources in Minnesota, the United States, and throughout the world.”
Some of the titles available to read online are Fighting Words: Black Women and the Search for Justiceby Patricia Hill Collins, Hope in the Struggle
A Memoir by Josie R. Johnson, Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify Essaysby Carolyn Lee Holbrook, and Joshua Sbicca’s Food Justice Now! Deepening the Roots of Social Struggle. Readers can also access discussion guides for some of the available titles.
The collection of 34 antiracist books is available to all for free through August 31, 2020. In addition to reading and sharing the collection, U of M encourages readers to “to contribute to networks of care and protester bail funds in your communities.”