Resources on systemic racism in education and North Carolina in the CDR

In response to ongoing protests and conversations addressing systemic racism, we are highlighting resources in the CDR which can provide a starting point to better understand current events. Last month, we posted resources related to policing and protest movements. This month, we focus on resources related to education and North Carolina. Note that this list is not exhaustive and readers wishing to learn more can search the CDR.



The Black Image in the White Mind: Educational Consequences of Media Racism by Sheldon Lanier (2017). 

Civility and Structural Precarity for Faculty of Color in LIS by Amelia Gibson (2019). Journal of Education for Library and Information Science. 

Critical Race Theory in the LIS Curriculum by Sandra Hughes Hassell and Amelia Gibson (2018). Re-Envisioning the MLS: Perspectives on the Future of Library and Information Science Education. 

Libraries on the frontlines: Neutrality and social justice by Sarah Park Dahlen et al. (2017). Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal. 

Outsiders within: African American professors and their experiences at predominantly white universities, a narrative interview study by Rachelle S. Gold (2008). 

Race in education, anti-racist activism and the role of white colleagues: listening to the voices of African American educators by Michelle Hardy Jay (2006). 

Struggling to Breathe: COVID-19, Protest, and the LIS Response by Amelia Gibson et al. (2020). Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. 

Towards a Critical Race Discourse Framework for Addressing Discipline Disparities for African American Students by Dena Keeling (2018). 

Walking on Eggshells: Experiences of Students of Color within Library and Information Science Master’s Programs by Karina Soni (2020). 


North Carolina

The battle for freedom begins every morning: John Hervey Wheeler, civil rights, and New South prosperity by Brandon Kyron Winford (2014). 

Black Freedom and the University of North Carolina, 1793-1960 by John Kenyon Chapman (2006). 

Memory and the re-invention of place: The legacies of environmental justice in Warren County, North Carolina by Pavithra Vasudevan (2013). 

Neighborhood Groups vs. Business Developers in Durham: Expressway Politics in the Scarce Energy Age by Paul Luebke (1981). Carolina Planning Journal. 

North Carolina Communities’ Reaction to the 1988 Federal Fair Housing Amendments by Mary Eldridge and Eric Stein (1994). Carolina Planning Journal. 

Racial disparities in municipal water and sewer access in western North Carolina by David Gorelick (2015). 

The Struggle for Racial Equality in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools by Grace Tatter (2014). 

We Shall Not Be Moved: A History of Anti-Expressway Organizing by the Crest Street Community in Durham, North Carolina by Emily Goldstein (2018). 


If you are interested in primary sources on these topics, please browse the Digital Collections Repository. 

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