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HNU Library

Learning about Racial Justice & Institutionalized Racism

A guide that brings together racial justice and institutionalized racism resources at Cushing Library and beyond.

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About these Resources

At Holy Names University (HNU), we are guided by a set of values that includes a dedication to justice. In keeping with that value, library staff have pulled together resources about racial justice and systemic racism from the Cushing Library collection and beyond. Our goal is to broaden the conversation and inspire critical thinking by supporting the needs of students, faculty, staff, and the Holy Names University community in self-directed learning.

If there is a resource you would like to see highlighted here, please email your suggestions to We will continue to add resources to this guide as more become available. 

Reading Suggestions for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

eBooks from Cushing Library

Accessing eBooks

In order to access one of the eBooks listed above, click on the image. Once on the eBook's information page, click on "View eBook" under the book's image. You will be asked for your HNU network credentials and then taken to the eBook. 

You can find more eBooks by searching our catalog and filtering results by format. Keywords to consider searching are:

  • racial justice
  • institutionalized racism
  • systemic racism
  • racism in the U.S.
  • whiteness

View our latest print and eBook additions on our virtual new books display

Streaming Media from Cushing Library

Race - The Power of an Illusion Cover
I Am Not Your Negro Cover Art
White Like Me Cover Art
Whose Streets Cover Art
Baltimore Rising DVD Cover
When Justice Isn't Just DVD Cover
Separate and Unequal DVD Cover
The Talk: Race in America DVD Cover
Say Her Name DVD Cover
Traffic Stop DVD Cover
Dispatches from Cleveland DVD Cover
Peace Officer DVD Cover
P.S. I Can't Breathe DVD Cover

Accessing Streaming Media

Cushing Library's streaming media provider is kanopy. You can click on an image above to view a documentary or browse kanopy's Social and Systemic Injustice media list. A pop-up may appear with an orange login box - use your HNU network credentials to login. 

Print Books and DVDs from Cushing Library

Fruitvale Station DVD Cover
I Am Not Your Negro DVD Cover
Do the Right Thing DVD Cover

Accessing Print Books and DVDs

As of fall 2021 the Cushing Library building is open to current students, faculty, and staff for individual study spaces and hold pick-ups. Please view our hours for more information.

The recommended books and DVDs featured here are accessible through our pick-up program. If you cannot find a resource you are looking for, we suggest checking your local library (see the Additional Resources page for directs links) or purchasing books for delivery/pickup from Oakland's Marcus Books, the oldest independent Black-owned bookstore in the Bay Area. 

Library staff is working in person and remotely. We are happy to help you find more resources online. Visit our main page to email, make an appointment, or chat. 

View our latest print and eBook additions on our virtual new books display

Books and eBooks from HNU Scholars

HNU Scholars

The selection of resources above are written by members of the HNU community who are scholars in the fields of racial justice, critical diversity/social justice programming, and education. 

The university also runs a Center for Social Justice and Civic Engagement. Those interested in getting involved in our community are encouraged to learn more about the center's programs and activities.