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Black Lives Matter: Home

A guide on information and history surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality against black people in the United States..


This guide was created in 2014 in response to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. It is continually updated to include resources on racial injustice, systemic racism, policing, and the justice system in America.

On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an unarmed black eighteen year old, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a white police officer in Ferguson, MO. After his death, many people protested in Ferguson and elsewhere, prompting police to respond with militarized force. In November, a grand jury chose not to indict Darren Wilson. Protests continued with a similar militarized response from police which added to the unrest. 

This guide can serve as a way to get a better understanding of events that prompted the Black Lives Matter movement. Email Sarah the Librarian if you have questions or wish to add any resources.

Many resources were added thanks to a libguide from Arizona State University.