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Anti-Oppression Resources

This guide provides resources to learn about and work against the many forms of oppression in our society.

Anti-Racism

Anti-racism includes the actions, policies, and theories that challenge and oppose discrimination, inequality, and prejudice based on race.

Books

Discover more books on racism in the United States in our catalog by searching with these subject headings:

Articles and Podcasts

Atkins Library Special Collections: 

These materials are available through the Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives

Taylor and Richardson families albums- This album contains materials documenting the life of Charles Samuel Lafyette Alexander, who was an African-American barber, soldier and firefighter that was active in social activities and politics in Charlotte, North Carolina. The collection covers the years of 1876 to 1953 and show a glimpse of Charlotte during the Reconstruction Era and the years following. The collection focuses predominantly on Taylor, Ella Louise Pickens Taylor (his second wife), and his two daughters, Harriet and Louise Taylor. It contains mostly photographs but also newspaper clippings, family letters, stocks, and wills. Along with the physical collection there is a digitized copy here

Kelly Alexander Sr. Papers Concerning the NAACP- Kelly Alexander Sr. was a prominent figure in Charlotte as a funeral director, community member, and NAACP leader. These papers focus on his work with the local, state, and national levels of the NAACP and include minutes, correspondence, reports, and speeches. Along with these physical papers, they are also available online through Goldmine.  

Julius L. Chambers papers- Julius L. Chambers was a Charlotte attorney who became well-known for the Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education case that helped to integrate the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. Chambers argued on behalf of the Swanns, who were attempting to enroll their son at his neighborhood school rather than the pre-dominantly African-American school he was assigned to when they first moved to Charlotte. These papers include legal briefings, personal notes, and maps. Along with the physical papers, this collection is also available online through Goldmine. 

T.J. Reddy Papers- T.J. Reddy was a student at UNC Charlotte, artist, and poet. He came to national attention when he was a member of the Charlotte Three, a group of three young black men who were wrongfully convicted of burning down a horse stable in Charlotte. Along with his own case, these papers include information about the Wilmington Ten, his work with the North Carolina Political Prisoners Committee, and civil rights materials. This collection also contains some paintings as well. 

Atkins Library Oral Histories

Anti-Sexism

Books

Discover more books on sexism in the United States in our catalog by searching with these subject headings:

Articles and Podcasts

Atkins Library Special Collections: 

These materials are available through the Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives

National Organization for Women Charlotte, NC Chapter Records- These papers detail the activities of the Charlotte-based chapter of the National Organization for Women. The Charlotte, North Carolina chapter was founded in 1972 by Judith Lightfoot with a Metrolina regional chapter established in 1977. This collection includes newsletters, photographs, and realia from the group that documents their involvement in abortion rights and the Equal Rights Amendment. 

Winifred Nance Papers- This collection covers the sex discrimination case of Winifred Nance against the Union Carbide plant in Charlotte. These materials include legal correspondence, correspondence between Nance and women's organizations, and her personal notes and diaries. 

Anti-Homophobia

Books

Discover more books on the LGBQ community in our catalog by searching with these subject headings:

Articles and Podcasts

Atkins Library Special Collections: 

These materials are available through the Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives

Time Out Youth Records - Time Out Youth Center offers support, advocacy, and opportunities for personal development and social interaction to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 11-20. Their mission is to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth by offering vital programs, fostering unconditional acceptance, and creating safe spaces for self-expression through leadership, community support and advocacy.

Charlotte Pride Committee Records - Charlotte Pride presents the annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer (LGBTQ) Pride festival and other events in the Queen City. The annual festival is the largest LGBTQ Pride event in the Carolinas and the largest between Atlanta and Washington, D.C.

Charlotte Black Gay Pride- This collection highlights the development of Charlotte Black Gay Pride. This event was conceived in 2002 by Damon Blackman and Jermaine Nakia Lee and the collection includes physical objects and a timeline of the project. 

Atkins Library Oral Histories

Anti-Transphobia

Books

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Other Resources and Podcasts

Oral Histories 

Janice Covington Allison is a transgender woman and political activist in Charlotte. Through her two oral histories, she covers her career, the LGBT scene in Charlotte, and the conflicts that she faced as a transgender woman. 

Atkins Library Special Collections: 

These materials are available through the Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives

Sue Henry papers- Sue Henry was a local activist in the Charlotte area and also owned the Rising Moon Books and Beyond bookstore. Henry was primarily focused on gay and lesbian issues and this collection contains copies of All the Beautiful People, a newsletter for the local trans-sensual alliance in Charlotte. 

Anti-Ableism

Ableism is the discrimination and prejudice against people with disabilities or perceived disabilities.

Books

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Other Resources

Anti-Semitism

Books

Atkins Library Special Collections: 

These materials are available through the Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives

Harry Golden Papers- The Harry Golden Papers comprise an extensive collection of materials reflecting the multi-faceted career of the author and civil libertarian. The collection's emphasis is on Golden as editor and publisher of the Charlotte based Carolina Israelite (1942-68), a bi-monthly newspaper that liberally addressed political issues, Jewish and minority concerns, and the daily lives of the common individual from the perspective of an American Jew.

Oral Histories

Gary Silverstein and Maxine Silverstein - Longtime Charlotteans Gary and Maxine Silverstein discuss their lives as members of the city's Jewish community and as travel industry professionals. Mr. Silverstein, whose family has a long history in the Charlotte area, recalls his grandfather, Benjamin Silverstein, who was one of the founders of Temple Israel in Charlotte. He also discusses childhood experiences in Hebrew school and his and his son's bar mitzvahs. 

Rare Books at Atkins Library Special Collections 

Carolina Israelite- This newsletter was started by Harry Golden with the tagline of "Serving the interest of Christian-Jewish welfare in the Carolinas". 

Anti-Islamophobia

Books

Oral Histories

Dr. Sidney Freeman -  Rev. Dr. Sidney L. Freeman, the longtime minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte (UUCC), recounts his involvement in the city's civil rights movement. Originally from Wisconsin, Dr. Freeman moved to Charlotte in 1957 to take the ministerial position at the socially progressive UUCC. He discusses Charlotte's transformation into a diverse multicultural city over the past thirty years (1970s-2000s); in particular, the growth of the Muslim community and the positive work organizations like the National Conference for Community and Justice have been doing to bring diverse religious groups together.