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Race and Inequality

The Power of Stories

Art and creative writing are important ways that people are able to communicate and share their lived experiences and thoughts. Zines and poetry are just some of the forms that people can turn to in order to learn and/or find solidarity. The Tredway Library has both zines and poetry that delve into the topics of race and oppression, but there are many options that are available online as well. 

​Zines (pronounced ZEENS) are small-circulation self-published works that are normally made by hand and then reproduced with a photocopier. They are not scholarly and do not go through the peer review process, but they often reflect lived experiences and life stories. The zine collection in the Tredway Library has a social justice focus, with many of our zines focusing on race and ethnicity topics. To learn more about zines, click here

You can also view some digitized zines on the POC Zine Project, whose mission is "to make all zines by people of color easy to find, distribute and share. POCZP is an experiment in activism and community through materiality." The Indigenous Action Media has zines created by Indigenous communities. 



Here is a list of just some of the zine titles we have that relate to race and ethnicity: 

  • Mixd: a Mixed-Race Compilation Zine
  • This is a Zine about Whiteness in LIS
  • Beautifully Brown Like Me
  • Survivance (#2 and #3)
  • This is a Zine with Microaggressions Said to Me or My Friends
  • Cut: A Zine About Getting Free by Chopping Off My Hair
  • Stay Woke
  • Shotgun Seamstress
  • POC Solidarity
  • The Tyranny of Civility: The Choice Between Black Liberation and White Comfort (A Four-Part Series)


The Poetry Foundation has curated themed collections. The following areas are helpful places to start.

Music is important to movements, and the Black Lives Matter movement is no different. Spotify has come out with a statement of support to the black community; links to some of the Black Lives Matter playlists that can be found on Spotify are below. 

To learn more about the history of music with the Black Lives Matter movement, read "How #BlackLivesMatter Started a Musical Revolution," by Daphne A. Brooks.