Concordia University Ann Arbor's Zimmerman Library offers free resources for students, faculty, and staff seeking ways to listen, learn, and grow in knowledge on the topic of racial justice.

In addition to Concordia students, faculty, and staff having access to all library resources, Concordia alumni can also access online resources in the Zimmerman Library and check out materials.

“We have many great resources available to the campus community electronically through the library that students can access from home,” said CUAA Librarian Liz Hartig. “These resources have always been available, but we wanted to bring them to the forefront as folks are seeking them out.”

The eBook titles are links that can be accessed by using a CUAA portal login information. Click here to browse all of the eBooks in CUAA’s database.


Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? By Martin Luther King Jr.

Roots By Alex Haley

Promoting Diversity and Social Justice: Educating People from Privileged Groups, Second Edition By Diane J. Goodman

Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice By Raymond Arsenault

Understanding White Privilege: Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race By Frances Kendall

Experiencing Racism: Exploring Discrimination through the Eyes of College Students By Richard Seltzer and Nicole E. Johnson

Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story By Martin Luther King Jr. and Clayborne Carson

Emmett Till and the Mississippi Press By Davis W Houck, Matthew A Grindy, and Keith A. Beauchamp

Multiculturalism on Campus: Theory, Models, and Practices for Understanding Diversity and Creating Inclusion By Michael J. Cuyjet, Mary F. Howard-Hamilton, Diane L. Cooper, and Chris Linder

Racism: A Very Short Introduction By Ali Rattansi

Click here to browse all of the eBooks in CUAA’s database.

Black History Month Display
Zimmerman Library themed display for Black History Month, February 2020

Faculty, staff, and students have been invited to join members of campus reading together Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

Available for free to all faculty, staff, and students, the idea to read the book together was initiated from CUAA’s Director of Multicultural Engagement Shanitra Cheff in early June.

“I believe this campus-wide reading will aid our Concordia University family, who come from very different backgrounds, in establishing a shared experience and a communal effort to bring forth knowledge and understanding of issues of justice for all people,” said Cheff, who shared that time after the weekly Summer Prayer Gathering has been used to spur such conversations.


The National Museum of African American History and Culture has made images of the collection available online available to all.

Motion pictures have been made available to be rented for free on Amazon or iTunes, such as Selma and Just Mercy.


If Concordia students, faculty, or staff want a resource that the Zimmerman Library doesn’t currently own, physical items can be shipped from libraries across the United States for CUAA patrons to use. Electronic articles can also be emailed from libraries across the country. Inter-library loan requests can be made here.

New purchase requests for adding to the library collection can also be made on the Ask A Librarian form.


The Zimmerman Library remains closed due to COVID-19 with plans to reopen with limited hours later in the summer. In the meantime, databases and research guides are available digitally.

For those who are used to visiting the library and might be unfamiliar with accessing materials online, check out this Getting Started Guide.

Questions about accessing library resources? Contact CUAA Librarian Liz Hartig at

— Rachel Thoms served on Concordia University's Strategic Communications team from 2015-2022. Any inquiries about this story can be sent to

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