Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
UCF Libraries Home

Readings on Race

Black with white text on left half "General Education / on Racism / Readings on Race: / Through Understanding Comes Community" Right side backlit child leaning on tree reading at sunset.

As Dr. Kent Butler said in "Now Is Our Time to be Actively Anti-Racist":

With more than 80,000 students and faculty and staff  members, each of us has a story and a part to play in building this inclusive community. We all need to be listened to and learned from.

We also need to be comfortable with the discomfort born  from honest, difficult dialogues about race and culture. And these conversations must happen regularly, not just in reaction to tragic and  gut-wrenching headline-grabbing incidents of racism.


But it is time we share those stories, and more importantly, that we truly listen to them. Ultimately, we all have a need to express our feelings about the discrimination and violence we have been inundated with recently, especially those we experience firsthand.


Breaking down barriers is not easy, but as Knights, we have the power to do it together by creating an environment that encourages a  space for our stories and embraces equity, inclusion and diversity.

It is going to take all of us to do better — to be better  — to change our society.

Note: Hover over item titles to read the description.

Banner - eBooks

For information on how to access UCF Libraries ebooks, please visit our guide:

Links will take you to UCF library catalog, where you may be asked to log in to access the item.

Banner - Print Books

Banner - Children's and  Young Adult Books

Banner - Streaming Video

Why Diverse Families Bookshelf?

Identifying book titles that mirror the wide range of diverse readers and the unique characteristics of a family unit can be a difficult task. The Diverse Families Bookshelf was established as a finding tool to help bridge the gap between readers and books.

Our mission:

  • to identify children’s and young adult books that depict the growing diversity within families.
  • to connect children and teens with literature that both reflect and validate their lives and experiences.
  • to reveal titles which open windows and expose readers to different cultures and life experiences, building empathy in the process.