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Alumni Organize Antiracist Book Exchange

Two Bennington alumni organized the Antiracist Book Exchange to widely share antiracist and Black liberation literature while supporting Black-owned bookstores.

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Michelle Cirillo '19 and Jordan Greenblatt '17 launched the Antiracist Book Exchange to get antiracist and Black liberation literature in the hands of as many people as possible by purchasing books from Black-owned bookstores and sending them to people around the world at no cost to the recipient.

Since launching in early June 2020, the Antiracist Book Exchange has sent more than 350 books to people across the US, as well as in Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Spain, Switzerland, the UAE, and the UK.

Shortly after the project's launch, Cirillo and Greenblatt expanded their team to include colleague Rebekah Meyer and more Bennington students and alumni—including Zachary Bull '20, Ariane Curtin-Bowen '18, Rohan Edwards '18, Hannah Fisher Gray '21, and Ash Haywood '18.

To donate to the Antiracist Book Exchange, request a book, or learn more about the project, visit the Antiracist Book Exchange website. For updates, follow @antiracistbookexchange on Instagram.