How YA authors are responding to America’s protests

Authors are showing overwhelming support for #BlackLivesMatter.


Protests across the country have captivated the world in recent days. The protests come in response to the death of George Floyd who was killed by police officers in Minneapolis.

An overwhelming amount of YA authors are using their platforms to confront racism and show support for protestors.

Here’s a look at what some authors are saying.

Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give author has been very vocal on social media showing her support for the protests as well as bringing attention to Breonna Taylor.

Nic Stone

Author Nic Stone is encouraging readers to read and learn about racism.

Jason Reynolds

Reynolds, who wrote Ghost, shared the following on Twitter, among messages of support for the protests.

George M. Johnson

Johnson spoke out against police violence and urged his followers to donate to the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund.

Sabaa Tahir

The Ember in the Ashes author encouraged her followers to be more aware of racial injustice and to take action.

Justina Ireland

Ireland recommended a list of books by Black authors as a way to “fight white supremacy.”

The recommended books include:

  • Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender
  • An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
  • Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark
  • The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor Lavalle
  • Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

Kacen Callender

Callender wrote a very personal message about pain.

Jay Coles

Coles, author of Tyler Johnson Was Here, reminded us that true activism takes more than just a Twitter header image.

Tahereh Mafi

Mafi shared a post on Instagram to show support for Black Lives Matter.

Saul Marquez founded Bookstacked in 2014 and serves as the site's Editor-in-Chief. He primarily covers news for Bookstacked. He also co-hosts Bookmarked: A YA Book Podcast.

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