Loyola University Maryland

Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ)

Resources and Library

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Whether you're looking for information on specific social justice issues for a research paper or your own personal growth, CCSJ is happy to supply resources to aid in your search. You are welcome to stop by and browse our library, which is stocked with books on current social issues that may be borrowed for up to three weeks.


The spotlight book of the week is 

The Help

by Kathryn Stockett.


The novel, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, tells the story of three women in 1962 Mississippi that come from different socioeconomic and racial backgrounds. A young white woman decides that she is going to reveal the truth about being an African American maid in her hometown and asks her friends who are black maids to tell their stories. The thrust of the book is the project between the white, privileged Skeeter and the struggling, exploited African American help, who together are writing a book of true stories about their experiences as the ‘help’ to the white women of Jackson, Mississippi. Not all the stories are negative, and some describe beautiful and generous, loving and kind events; while others are cruel and even brutal. As Dorothea Benton Frank put it, "The Help is a story that made me weep as I rejoiced for each of humanity's small but steady triumphs over hate and fear." This inspiring story will certainly brighten your Spring Break.

Excerpt: “All I'm saying is, kindness don't have no boundaries.”



In addition, we have collected the following useful resources: