Black Lives, Black Stories

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I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin and Race in America

Monday, September 21, at 7pm
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Supplemental Resources




  • “The Devil Finds Work” found in Collected Essays by James Baldwin (814 BAL 1998)
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (305.8 KEN 2019)
  • The Clansman by Thomas Dixon, Jr. (available as an E-book on BRIDGES/OverDrive with your
  • Ames Public Library Card)
  • The Leopard’s Spots: A Romance of the White Man’s Burden 1865-1900 by Thomas Dixon, Jr. (available as an E-book on Project Gutenberg)


Films & DVDs

  • The Birth of a Nation (DVD DRAMA BIR)
  • Gone With the Wind (DVD DRAMA GON)
  • Selma (DVD DRAMA SEL)
  • Get Out (DVD SCI-FI-GET)
  • Us (DVD SCI-FI US)
  • Green Book (DVD DRAMA GREEN)
  • 13th (Full feature available on YouTube courtesy of Netflix)




Resources mentioned that are not available at APL or for free online streaming:

  • The Help (2011 film)
  • When They See Us (Netflix)










Short film



  • Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City by Kendrick Lamar (available to stream or download on Hoopla)



  • Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? by Mumia Abu-Jamal (323.1196 ABU 2017)
  • Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. by Danielle Allen (305.242 ALL 2017)
  • Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin (305.8 BAL 2012)
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown (305.896 BRO 2018)
  • What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker by Damon Young (920 YOUNG D 2019)
  • All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto by George M. Johnson (YA 920 JOHNSON G)
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For Ahkeem: Challenges Facing African American Teenagers

Monday, October 19, at 7pm, via Zoom

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Monday, December 7, at 7pm, via Zoom