DULUTH, MN– It has been almost a month since the death of George Floyd re-ignited the Black Lives Matter Movement around the world.
Since then, many people are turning to literature in order to educate themselves on the history of injustice people of color have suffered in the United States.
Alyson Reum, a Duluth resident and healthcare worker, has joined a book club with her co-workers in an effort to address their own biases surrounding race.
“We want to be more aware of what biases we have and hopefully come to the uncomfortable realization that we need to confront those biases and the only way we can is by having really hard conversations,” Reum said.
They are not alone. Zenith Bookstore co-owner Bob Dobrow said in the last three weeks, they have seen a bump in business. He said anti-racist books are now the best sellers in the store.
“People are looking to read about history from an African American perspective. People are looking for ways to support the movement and show solidarity,” Dobrow said.
Dobrow said he is seeing people of all ages, genders and cultutes looking to start a conversation.
Reum said starting those conversations can be daunting, but having a group you can talk to is a good beginning.
“It made it really easy to say yes too by knowing that these are going to be tough and hard conversations. But it’s going to be with people I trust and have a connection with so that I can really dig deeper,” Reum said.
Zenith Bookstore has curated a list of books centered around anti-racism and social justice. That list can be found here.