MLK Day: Equality and Social Justice

This year January 15th celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fifty years later many Americans still fight for equality and social justice. Here are some resources on equality and social justice you can check out at the Canton Public Library.

A is for activist by Innosanto Nagara

A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for. This engaging little book carries huge messages as it inspires hope for the future, and calls children to action while teaching them a love for books

Equality and diversity by Charlie Ogden

This timely book discusses why the acceptance of diversity is important in society to prevent discrimination based on race, religion, and sex. Case studies of real-world events help readers understand the consequences of inequality.

Presents a history of the long struggles of LGBT atheletes to gain recognition and acceptance, describing some of the famous athletes from the past who were unable to reveal their genders and how social practices have changed and benefited current LGBT athletes.

She Takes a Stand offers a realistic look at the game-changing decisions, high stakes, and bold actions of women and girls around the world working to improve their personal situations and the lives of others. This inspiring collection of short biographies features the stories of extraordinary figures past and present who have dedicated their lives to fighting for human rights, civil rights, workers' rights, reproductive rights, and world peace.

Women and minority groups get their due in the concise collective biographies of the Unsung Heroes series. Each themed volume presents 12 individuals who made important contributions to history or science that went largely unrecognized due to their race or gender. Rather than offering full biographies, the text highlights each person's contribution, its impact, and the obstacles that impeded his or her wider success.

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