Kaba Library

We are the one-stop shop for readers interested in social justice history and practice. The Kaba collection covers a wide array of topics and social movements, as well as a terrific DVD and curriculum collection. Check out our library collection on Library Thing, or schedule a time to stop by and peruse at your leisure. 

Support Kaba Library

If you are interested in donating books to the collection, please check out our Amazon Wish List. Every summer, our library provides a great background to youth involved in city-wide social justice campaigns, and it is a great place to stop by and study during the school year. In addition to the many youth who have access to the collection, CFS members are automatically granted library cards. 

Curricula Available

Something is Wrong  Curriculum

In 2010, the Chicago Freedom School partnered with Project Nia and Teachers for Social Justice along with other volunteers to develop a curriculum guide entitled "Something is Wrong:  Exploring the Roots of Youth Violence."  This guide was created to contribute to and expand the ongoing efforts by young people and their adult allies to analyze the root causes of youth violence and to create local solutions.

At a time when frustration is running high and many are expressing a sense of powerlessness in the face of pervasive violence, this curriculum guide is intended to make a positive contribution to the dialogue about violence in the lives of young people.

Through this curriculum, we seek to challenge youth to think about a) the roots of violence in their lives; b) the enforcers and victims of violence; c) the effects of violence on both victims and perpetrators; and d) how violence can ultimately be minimized through systemic changes.

"Something is Wrong:  Exploring the Roots of Youth Violence" is a 350-page curriculum guide provided digitally at no cost to the community. In lieu of compensation, please complete the following questions PRIOR to downloading the guide.

You can hear founding director Mariame Kaba on Chicago Public Radio promoting the Guide.