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Black Lives Matter, Black Literature Matters - BCALA x GNCRT Comics Reading List @ Memorial Library

Titles from the Black Lives Matter, Black Literature Matters Comics Reading List of the American Library Association's Black Caucus (BCALA) and Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) available at Memorial Library.
Print books from the BCALA x GNCRT: Black Lives Matter Black Literature Matters - Comics Reading List are on display on the 2nd floor. All are available for check-out!

More About the List

The full BCALA x GNCRT list of 50 comics titles for Juvenile, Teen (YA), and Adult audiences is centered on Black creators, Black stories, and Black histories for all ages. The goal of the list is not to be a prescriptive spectrum of all the subject or format content out there in the landscape of Black stories or comics. Rather, it is a step, another step, towards building collections and conversations that spark hope, demand justice, address erasure, and agitate for learning - using both sides of our brains through words and pictures. Because when ‘Black lives are lost, Black stories are lost’ (Stacey Robinson).

Criteria for Inclusion:

Title must be published sequential art, with one of more of the following elements:

  • Created by a Black storyteller
  • Displays empathy and respect for Black bodies
  • Introduces readers to Black art, people, history, organizations and communities
  • Represents Black experiences both domestically and throughout the world
  • Showcases a diversity of artistic mediums
  • Includes the lived experiences of Black people from all demographics
  • Reinforces Black stories of success, resistance, endurance and love
  • Employs a wide array of genres
  • Demonstrates an understanding of cultural nuance
  • Represents independent and non-traditional publishing
  • Includes stories of ancient Black civilizations as well as Black people’s continued existence in the future
  • Improves access to authentic Black stories for all patrons
  • Exposes Black creators to wider audiences

Print Books