Understanding Black Lives Matter and The Black Experience in the United States

The Library aspires to be an organization that embraces diversity in all of its forms while supporting the research and learning functions of the Institute. To that end, we recommit ourselves to providing access to popular and academic materials centered on social justice, racial and ethnic histories in the United States, and LGBTQ+ stories, among other interconnected issues. We will also provide fictive works created by or concerning people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and displaced or marginalized people. Popular books, movies, and music are windows into the full reality of the multicultural world and mirrors of an individual's experience. It is our duty to furnish both.

 Special thanks to our contributors:
Isabel Altamirano, Eric Brower, Ameet Doshi, Jay Forrest, Katie Gentilello, Elizabeth Holdsworth, Shandra Jones, Lisha Li, Alexis Linoski, Amanda Pellerin, Kevin Quick, Stella Richardson, Sharon Riehl, Leslie Sharp and Joseph Zima.

Juneteenth Resources

Juneteenth, an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, has been celebrated by African-Americans since the late 1800s.


On June 19, 1865, about two months after the Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Va., Gordon Granger, a Union general, arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved African-Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. General Granger’s announcement put into effect the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued more than two and a half years earlier on Jan. 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln.



The holiday received its name by combining June and 19. The day is also sometimes called “Juneteenth Independence Day,” “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day.”


-- Excerpt from the New York TimesSo You Want to Learn About Juneteenth?

By Derrick Bryson Taylor



Remembering John Lewis

Starting Your Self-Education

In 2013, community organizers Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Khan-Cullors worked to create the hashtag for Black Lives Matter and the start of the social media discussion on how Black people experience violence in the United States. The now global organization brings awareness to issues that affect peoples of African descent, from systematic injustice to the disproportionate suffering from diseases, such as Covid-19.

Further Critical Readings

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo in the International Journal of Critical Pedagogy

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh in the Independent School Journal

Georgia Tech Voices

The following selections represent work related to the Black experience created by Georgia Tech faculty.

Books & Reports from Tech Lecturers & Professors

Articles, Lectures & Presentations

Science Librarianship and Social Justice: Part One Foundational Concepts by Jeffra D. Bussmann, Isabel M. Altamirano, Samuel Hansen, Nastasha E. Johnson and Gr Keer


Diversity and Social Capital in the U.S.: A Tale of Conflict, Contact or Total Mistrust by Willie Belton, Ruth Uwaifo Oyelere, Yameen Huq in the Review of Economics and Institutions

Environmental Equity and Spatiotemporal Patterns of Urban Tree Canopy in Atlanta by Bon Woo Koo, Nico Boyd, Nisha Botchwey, and Subhrajit Guhathakurta in the Journal of Planning Education and Research

Impact of a Youth Advocacy Policy, Systems and Environmental Change Program for Physical Activity on Perceptions and Beliefs by Nisha Botchwey, Jasmine Jones-Bynes, Katie O'Connell, Rachel A. Millstein, Anna Kim, Terry L. Conway in Preventive Medicine.

Black joy as a frame for digital practice by Andre Brock

Interrogating digital Blackness by Andre Brock

The Trigger Effect by Hallie Lieberman in The Atavist Magazine

The OUTKAST Imagination by Joycelyn Wilson

For those who love God ... and Trap Music by Joycelyn Wilson

The Music of the Murders by Joycelyn Wilson in The Bitter Southerner

From the Archives

These lectures and presentations represent work recorded by the Georgia Tech Library for inclusion into the SMARTech digital repository. They are presented in playlist format.

Library Resources

The following resources are provided, free of charge, from the Georgia Tech Library for students, faculty and staff. Many of the articles require a Georgia Tech login.

Special Topics: Black Science Fiction

On-Campus Resources

Free Tools for Future Research

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation's Divide by Carol Anderson

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

We Need to Talk About an Injustice by Bryan Stevenson

How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time by Baratunde Thurston