Recently, the tragic deaths and failures of justice in the cases of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner have captured headlines and sparked protests around the country. But for every widely publicized incident of racially motivated violence, hundreds go unreported or under-reported. The work of the Civil Rights movement, while far-reaching, remains incomplete.
To this day, territories of de facto segregation, practices such as stop and frisk, unreported police brutality, and other forms of racial oppression persist. Rather than “Judge Lynch” terrorizing black, poor, and minority populations, sources of violence are often state-legitimated, perpetuated by increasingly militarized police departments, practices such as racial profiling, brutal acts that go unchecked, and a court system that fails to mete out equal justice.
From the get-go, America’s promise of liberty and justice wasn’t really for all. But it’s an ideal we cling to. Throughout this country’s history, alongside incidents of racially motivated violence, injustice, and brutality, are the stories of those who resisted oppression, sometimes risking all by taking to the streets, the courts, and the legislatures to forward a vision of a fair and just society. Today we stand alongside those activists, continuing the work begun long ago, as we affirm that black lives matter.
Highlighting the library’s rich resources, materials have been gathered from our print and online collections to shed light on these issues.
On display February 2 – March 31, 2015
Geisel Library West, main floor
Open to all
Speaker Series Event:
February 25, 2015
Seuss Room, Geisel Library building
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Open to all. Refreshments will be served.
The UC San Diego Library invites you to a stimulating discussion with 3 UC San Diego faculty: Zeinabu Davis, Dayo Gore, and Danny Widener.