Looking in the Mirror: Cooperstown Reflects on Racism

Looking in the Mirror: Cooperstown Reflects on Racism

In response to the events of 2020 and nationwide conversations about racism, the Friends of the Village of Cooperstown Library launched a new program series, Looking in the Mirror: Cooperstown Reflects on Racism. This program, consisting of a series of panel discussions, is exploring the major institutions of our community and working to promote a more just and equitable Cooperstown. Topics include Racism and Local History, Tourism, Education, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Arts and Monuments, Housing, and more. All of the programs are free and available to the public via Zoom (live) or YouTube (recorded).

The Antiracism Committee includes FOVL Board members as well as community members, and is a collaboration with the League of Women Voters of the Cooperstown Area. Members of the committee are Lynne Mebust, Dot Hudson, Emily Gibson, Liane Hirabayashi, Caridad Fuertes, Namita Sugandhi, JoAnn Gardner, Candice Shannon, Karen Katz, Nancy Herman, and Molly Myers.

Recordings of Past Programs


Anti-Racism Resources

For additional information on the topic of racism locally and more broadly, resources include:

Anti-Racism Resources Available at the Library

These resources to deepen your understanding of racism, history, and the Black American experience are available through the Four County Library System:


  • This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell
  • How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • White Fragility by Robin J. DiAngelo
  • Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • America’s Original Sin; Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to A New America by Jim Wallis
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in A World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
  • When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  • Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
  • The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth
  • The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale
  • Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Social Justice by Paul Kivel
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery


  • Selma
  • Marshall
  • 42 The Jackie Robinson Story
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Dear White People
  • The Hate You Give
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • The Battle of Algiers
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Malcolm X
  • Fruitvale Station
  • Whose Streets?
  • 12 Years A Slave
  • Moonlight
  • Hidden Figures
  • Loving
  • Sounder
  • Hoop Dreams
  • The Color Purple