Notre Dame Press Partners with JSTOR and Schomburg Center Open Library

Author: Kathryn Pitts

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Material from four Notre Dame Press titles has been selected for inclusion in JSTOR’s companion to the Schomburg Center’s Black Liberation Reading List. To meet the need for content related to racism, anti-racism, and Black voices, JSTOR created an extensive open library to support students, scholars, and general readers seeking to engage with BIPOC+Q-authored reading lists, starting with a unique set of resources related to the Schomburg Center’s Black Liberation Reading List.

For 95 years, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture—part of the New York Public Library—has preserved, protected, and fostered a greater understanding of the Black experience through its collections, exhibitions, programs, and scholarship. In response to uprisings across the globe demanding justice for Black lives, the Schomburg Center created a Black Liberation Reading List, featuring 95 books that they and the public turn to regularly as activists, students, archivists, and curators. For each of the 95 books on the Schomburg Center’s list, the JSTOR & Schomburg Center Open Library provides unrestricted access to closely-related articles, book chapters, and other content.

Notre Dame Press books and their corresponding Black Liberation Reading List titles include:

Rufus Burrow, Jr., God and Human Dignity: the Personalism, Theology, and Ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Notre Dame Press, 2006) for Where Do We Go from Here by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Christina Bieber Lake, Prophets of the Posthuman: American Fiction, Biotechnology, and the Ethics of Personhood (Notre Dame Press, 2014) for The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Thomas Merton, Faith and Violence: Christian Teaching and Christian Practice (Notre Dame Press, 1968) for The Autobiography of Malcom X by Malcolm X with Alex Haley

Omedi Ochieng, Intellectual Imagination: Knowledge and Aesthetics in North Atlantic and African Philosophy (Notre Dame Press, 2018) for Playing in the Dark, Whiteness and the Literary Imagination by Toni Morrison

Notre Dame Press is honored to be a part of this important initiative to bring critical BIPOC+Q resources to readers around the world. The open library material will be available on JSTOR until December 31, 2021.

For more information, contact: Michelle Sybert,, 574.631.4910.