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Black Lives Matter: Home

A guide to audio/visual sources about the Black Lives Matter movement for teens & educators


Black Lives Matter

This guide brings together audio and visual resources on the Black Lives Matter Movement for use in both the public library and school library setting. The resources included in this guide are best suited for middle school and high school students in both formal and informal learning environments. Middle school and high schools teachers will also find these resources useful, particularly in history, current events, and literature classes.

Criteria for Selection

The following criteria were used to select resources for this pathfinder:

  • Age Appropriate: content is accessible and suitable for middle school and high school students
  • Appealing: resources are engaging and interesting to teens
  • Educational: resources present accurate, credible information to help learners form their own well-rounded opinions about the Black Lives Matter movement
  • Accessible: resources are freely available through the public library or other online sources
  • Vetted: resources have been positively reviewed in known library or educational publications or come from known educational organizations

Why A/V Sources?

While print sources can be highly useful for research purposes and pleasure reading, audio and visual materials can create a more immersive experience for the viewer/listener. Listening to an audiobook promotes active listening and allows the listener to immerse themselves in the book's emotional core (Burkey, 16). Audiobooks also allow readers/listeners to learn on the go, while commuting, exercising, crafting, completing chores, and relaxing (Maloney). Podcasts also create an immersive audio experience for the listener. In an article on the popularity of the NPR podcast Serial, Joyce Saricks comments that even though podcast listeners often listen on their own, they build community with other listeners by talking about the podcast events after the listening experience (21). Listening to podcasts, audiobooks, or other forms of audio can be memorable and immersive experiences that enhance the understanding of a particular topic.

Video sources can also bring an issue or event to life and allow viewers to feel like they are part of the experience. "Library users can visit other countries and study the culture of other peoples. Through reenactments and dramatizations, viewers can be mentally transported into different times and different worlds. The medium can also be used to display fictional events and scenarios that can be used to help learners explore their feelings and attitudes about situations" (Lamb, "Video--Overview."). For a topic such as the Black Lives Matter movement, viewers can interact with video clips of protests, speeches, and news stories to better understand the movement and form their own opinion about the issue. Video sources also provide a lens into an experience without the viewer need to be present for the event (Lamb, "Video--Overview."). The learner can be kept safe from the potential danger of a protest or police encounter while still learning more about this experience. Documentaries on the topic of police brutality and mass incarceration help learners better understand these concepts by combining visual images with audio and textual elements. Feature films, such as The Hate U Give, can also help learners gain experience and understanding of current or historical events.

Interactive websites provide another layer of involvement for learners. By manipulating data sets or digging into an interactive timeline, learners become active participants in their own experience. Audio and visual materials enhance the learner's understanding of a particular issue. They can bring an issue to life and immerse learners into a different world or a new experience. Audio and visual sources are a powerful tool for understanding the depth and complexity of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Accessibility Statement

Most resources included in this guide offer accessibility options for learners. Captions or written transcripts are available for video sources. Transcripts are also available for audio programs included in this guide. All of the suggested databases for finding resources include articles that can be read aloud and translated into over 30 languages. Throughout the guide, special notes about accessibility have been included with individual resources. 

Works Cited

Burkey, Mary. Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature. American Library Association, 2013. 

Fibonacci Blue. "Students March Because Black Lives Matter." 1 May 2015, Flickr, Photo licensed under Creative Commons License Attribution 2.0. 

Lamb, Annette. "Video--Overview." Audio and Video Sources Course Material.​

Maloney, Jennifer. "ARENA --- the Stars Align for Audiobooks --- Thanks to the Ubiquity of Smartphones and Changes in Consumer Behavior, Audiobooks have Become the Fastest-Growing Format in the Publishing Industry; in Response, Publishers are Dramatically Expanding their Offerings." Wall Street Journal, Jul 22, 2016. ProQuest,

Saricks, Joyce. “At Leisure with Joyce Saricks.” Booklist, vol. 111, no. 11, Feb. 2015, p. 21. EBSCOhost,