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Race & Social Justice Toolkit

Public libraries are playing a unique and vital role in advancing equity and addressing racial divides. We are pillars of safety, inclusion, diversity, and democracy for the communities we serve. Through carefully curated collections, community partnerships, and targeted outreach, libraries intentionally engage and service the needs of all populations. To see a personal statement from our director, please click here.

Whose Streets?
Kanopy provides a wealth of documentaries on social justice and human rights.

Watch more topics like: 

 LGBTQIA+ Stories

Ethnicity & Identity

Gender Studies


Learn about the history and future of all social groups with HPL. Watch for free with your MY Link card!

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Understanding & Compassion with Literature


Social justice involves more than just race. HPL encourages all community members to stay educated and aware of injustices of all types.
The aim of a TED Talk is to publicize ideas, which are usually transmitted through brief but powerful talks.
 Know what you want out of the conversation.
Set the tone.
Give an action item.
For a special collection click here.

Driving Local Awareness

Remember the Past

Remember the Past

Explore the rich history and culture of African Americans in Houston through our Digital Archives.

Live in the Present

Live in the Present

Reflect on local impacts of injustice and contribute your own perspectives, photos, and even artwork to our George Floyd Memorial.

Prepare for the Future

Prepare for the Future

Recognize race-based disparities to combat systemic racism and advocate for reform.

Contribute to History

Share Your Story About This Year of Change!

HPL’s Special Collections are embarking on a new Memory Project focusing on race, social justice, and COVID-19. The African American Library at the Gregory School and the Houston Metropolitan Research Center are seeking remote interviews from Houstonians.

For more information about participating, please see the FAQs and How to Prepare for Your Interview.

Request an interview at The Gregory School

Request an interview at HMRC

Share Your Story
Donate to the Archives

Donate to the Archives

Share your family photos, historically significant books or audiovisual material, or ephemera such as letters, diaries or flyers to see if they have a place in our ever growing historical archives. Help us preserve the past for future generations of Houstonians.

Submit a Donation Request

Support Our Friends

African American Library Gregory Friends
Clayton Library Friends
Friends of the Texas Room
Ideson Preservation Partners

Visit Special Collections or Archives

The African American Library at the Gregory School
The Houston Metropolitan Research Center
University of Houston Special Collections
Rice Humanities Chao Center for Asian Studies