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March 2021: Racial Justice, Anti-racism, and the Environment

The Sterling Morton Library’s collections are rich with botanical and horticultural materials, including more than 7,000 botanical and horticultural e-books available for browsing, borrowing, and research by Arboretum members, staff, and volunteers. Recently, this collection has expanded to reflect a wider range of voices and perspectives. This e-book reading list is a starting place to explore resources that speak to the intersection of racial justice, anti-racism, and the environment.


In the Sterling Morton Library’s e-book collection you’ll find:


Alkon, Alison Hope. Black, White, and Green : Farmers Markets, Race, and the Green Economy, University of Georgia Press, 2012. 

Carney, Judith Ann.  Black Rice : The African Origins of Rice Cultivation in the Americas, Harvard University Press, 2002.

Deming, Alison, and Lauret Savoy. The Colors of Nature : Culture, Identity, and the Natural World, Milkweed Editions, 2011. 

Book jacket of Black Faces, White Spaces by Carolyn Finney

Emmett, Robert S. Cultivating Environmental Justice : A Literary History of U.S. Garden Writing, University of Massachusetts Press, 2016.

Finney, Carolyn. Black Faces, White Spaces : Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors, University of North Carolina Press, 2014. 

Gilio-Whitaker, Dina. As Long As Grass Grows : The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock, Beacon Press, 2019. 

Glave, Dianne D. Rooted in the Earth : Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage, Chicago Review Press, 2010. 

Book jacket of Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Hood, Walter, and Grace Mitchell Tada. Black Landscapes Matter, University of Virginia Press, 2020. 

Indigenous Environmental Justice, edited by Karen Jarratt-Snider, and Marianne O. Nielsen, University of Arizona Press, 2020. 

Kimmerer, Robin. Braiding Sweetgrass : Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, Milkweed Editions, 2013. [Leafing Through the Pages - February 2021] 

Landscape and Race in the United States, edited by Richard Schein, Taylor & Francis Group, 2006. 

Lanham, J. Drew. The Home Place : Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature, Milkweed Editions, 2016. [Leafing Through the Pages - April 2021]

Book jacket of Farming While Black by Leah Penniman

Osseo-Asare, Abena Dove. Bitter Roots : The Search for Healing Plants in Africa, University of Chicago Press, 2014. 

Penniman, Leah. Farming While Black : Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2018. 

Saad, Layla F. Me and White Supremacy : Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor, Sourcebooks, 2020. 

Savoy, Lauret. Trace : Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape, Catapult, 2013. 


With the barcode on the back of your Sterling Morton Library card, you’re able to access these and other titles from the Library’s e-book collection. Not sure where your library card is or not yet registered as a library patron? Please contact library@mortonarb.org and one of our librarians will assist you!