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NYU Reads

A selection of resources for engaging with the NYU Reads books.

Black Lives Matter

"In poor urban neighborhoods across the United States, black and brown boys routinely have multiple encounters with the police. Even though many of these children have done nothing wrong, they are targeted by police, presumed guilty, and suspected by law enforcement of being dangerous or engaged in criminal activity."  Just Mercy, Chapter 8 

Just Mercy asks readers to consider how racism leads to discriminatory practices in the legal system. One of the most well known movements today that is fighting for racial justice is the Black Lives Matter movement. Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer George Zimmerman. Since then, Black Lives Matter has grown to be an expansive, decentralized movement to defend and protect the lives of Black people, with support groups all over the world. The movement gained much of its support through social media, where the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag is popularly used. Learn more about the movement at

These resources provide history and background around the Black Lives Matter movement, which is as strong as ever in 2020. Topic include the history of racism and anti-blackness in the United States, the history and progress of Black Lives Matter, and current issues of discriminate treatment of Black people in the criminal justice system.

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“We will have to go to great lengths. We cannot go on as usual. We cannot pivot the center. We cannot be moderate. We will have to be willing to stand up and say no with our combined spirits, our collective intellects, and our many bodies.” - Angela Davis, Freedom is a Constant Struggle