For Freedoms Reading Library book list

A selection of the books are available in the For Freedoms Reading Library located in Rise Up! exhibition for reference. All books can be borrowed from San José Public Library.




For Freedoms Reading Library is a partnership between San José Museum of Art and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

Compiled by Frankie de Vera, librarian at King Library, three reading lists—for adults, teens, and children—respond to issues addressed by artists in Rise Up! Social Justice in Art from the Collection of J. Michael Bewley. Selections of the books are available in for browsing at SJMA. All books can be borrowed from San José Public Library.

For Freedoms is a platform for civic engagement, discourse, and direct action for artists in the United States, founded in 2016 by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman. Inspired by Norman Rockwell’s 1943 paintings of the four universal freedoms articulated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1941—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—For Freedoms Federation uses art to encourage and deepen public explorations of freedom in the 21st century. As part of the For Freedoms 50 State Initiative, a non-partisan, nationwide campaign to use art as a means of inspiring broad civic participation, San José Museum of Art will host a For Freedoms Town Hall meeting on September 5, 2018.

King Library, located four blocks from SJMA, is the main branch of the San José Public Library and a unique partnership between San José State University and the City of San José. The San José Public Library enriches lives by fostering lifelong learning and by ensuring that every member of the community has access to a vast array of ideas and information. King Library offers abundant collections and services for youth, teens, and adults. Visit the library or to learn more about the library’s Summer Learning program, TeenHQ, and Discover & Go pass for free and reduced tickets to local museums.

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