Mystery Writers of America

Last year, I had the honor of chairing the Best Novel committee for the Edgar Awards. I read many books and did many things I can’t talk about, but one of the great pleasures was getting to know the people who run MWA. They are an unflappable and generous crew.

Yesterday the MWA released a statement that I found powerful. Here it is:

A Statement from Mystery Writers of America

BY MWA · JUNE 3, 2020

How to Help

Mystery Writers of America does not support or tolerate discrimination of any kind. We stand proudly with our Black members, and implore our entire membership to start listening, speaking out, and amplifying the voices that have been silenced for far too long. Listening leads to understanding, and action leads to change. We cannot move forward as a society or culture without recognizing the disparities that permeate both.

As Chester Himes said, “Democracy is not tolerance. Democracy is a prescribed way of life erected on the premise that all men are created equal.’”

If you’re looking for a way to get involved, to educate yourself, or to expand your perspective, here are some places to start:

Black Lives Matter:
Campaign Zero:
Fair Fight:
The Bail Project:
NAACP Legal Defense Fund:
Southern Poverty Law Center:

Crime Writers of Color Book List:

Frankie’s List (hosted by Sisters in Crime):

An Antiracist Reading List from Ibram X. Kendi:

We Need Diverse Books Resources for Race, Equity, Anti-Racism, and Inclusion:

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (from ALA’s Public Programming Office’s Great Stories Club):

List of Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners (books for children and young adults):

One comment

  1. Seeing this a bit late, Susan, but thank you for posting these valuable resources. I respect MWA and SinC as well as other professional organizations who are taking positive steps toward making “one nation” a reality.

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