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Racial Justice Resources for Activists, Advocates & Allies

This guide serves as a resource for the UC community to learn about activism and allyship as it pertains to racial justice and anti-racism.

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Several African American men are escorted out of the Alexandria Free Library under arrest in 1939. (Alexandria City Library)

Whiteness in libraries and librarianship

“Sexist discrimination has prevented white women from assuming the dominant role in the perpetuation of white racial imperialism, but it has not prevented white women from absorbing, supporting, and advocating racist ideology or acting individually as racist oppressors in various spheres of American life.” —bell hooks  

Race & Racism in Libraries

Cataloging & Classification

BIPOC Librarianship


Portrait of Harold T. Pickett

Generally I have no regrets for the time that I spent in the National Archives and while I did not attain heights administratively, perhaps, that I would have desired and I think I might have attained had I not been black, I am not bitter about that fact because I think it's simply another indication of the status of blacks in American society that while they have progressed considerably, there are still frontiers for them to enter and they still simply have to work harder, perhaps, to attain the same levels that others might attain with less effort. — Harold T. Pinkett , NARA’s first Black archivist, as quoted in a June 10, 1985, oral history



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