Playing a Part in the Solution
Resources for building an anti-racist community.
We believe these resources may be helpful as you reflect on the current and ongoing racism in our country. We hope that these resources will help you reflect on and process as well as shape your thoughts, actions and practices. Of course, this list is not completely comprehensive but we hope it gives you a place to start or new direction to go. Start the conversation. Continue to listen, learn and share.
- Implicit Bias: Peanut Butter, Jelly and Racism What is implicit bias? NYT/POV's Saleem Reshamwala unscrews the lid on the unfair effects of our subconscious.
- Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet.
- ADL is a leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion.
- Race: The Power of Illusion
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram Kendi uses a mix of personal experiences, history, and science to show how a person can go from being racist to anti-racist, and how we can all build a new anti-racist society.
- White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo examines how white defensive responses to conversations about race and racism reinforce inequality and prevent meaningful dialogue.
- Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram Kendi is a 2016 non-fiction book about race in the United States by Ibram X. Kendi. (Listen free on Spotify)
- Stamp From the Beginning (For Young Adults) by Ibram Kendi and Jason Reynolds
- This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell is a book written for the young person who doesn't know how to speak up to the racist adults in their life.
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander delves into mass incarceration and the truth about the United States’ thriving racial caste system.
- A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki is hailed by critics and academics everywhere as a dramatic new retelling of our nation's past.
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson is a powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice--from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time
- Mine Eyes Have Seen by Bob Adelman A stirring visual tribute to the Civil Rights Movement and the long and difficult battle for racial equality captures in more than 150 extraordinary photographs the leaders and events of the era, with portraits of Sidney Poitier, James Baldwin, Miles Davis, Martin Luther King, Jr., and many other activists, both famous and unknown, who took part in the struggle.
- Black White and Brown Edited by: Clare Cushman and Melvin I. Urofsky is a collection of essays published by the Supreme Court Historical Society and CQ Press to commemorate Brown's 50th anniversary, captures the complex history and legacy of the decision that changed public education and race relations in America.
- Stony The Road by Henry Louis Gates Jr. is a profound new rendering of the struggle by African-Americans for equality after the Civil War and the violent counter-revolution that resubjugated them, as seen through the prism of the war of images and ideas that have left an enduring racist stain on the American mind.
- Walking with the Wind by John Lewis offers rare insight into the movement and the personalities of all the civil rights leaders-what was happening behind the scenes, the infighting, struggles, and triumphs.
- Voices in our Blood edited by Jon Meacham is a literary anthology of important and artful interpretations of the civil rights movement and the fight against white supremacy, past and present—including pieces by Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker, Richard Wright, and John Lewis
- March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powel is a graphic novel trilogy and a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation.
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad has been widely recommended for white people who want to make change but don’t know where to start.
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo shows people of all races how to have constructive and useful conversations about race in America.
- Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittany Cooper uses her own experience to talk about the power of black female rage and how it can drive revolution and change the world.
- Saturday by Oge Mora : Join a mother and daughter on an up-and-down journey that reminds them of what’s best about Saturdays: precious time together.
- The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats features Peter, an African American boy, who explores his neighborhood after the season’s first snowfall
- A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats : Peter is having a birthday party, and he's asked all of his friends to come. But Amy is a special friend because she is a girl--so Peter decides to write her a special invitation.
- Hi, Cat! by Ezra Jack Keats : On his way to hang out with the neighborhood kids, Archie very innocently greets a stray cat who follows him and gets in the way. The cat ruins everything - Archie's street show is a mess and his audience drifts away. But things aren't all bad: when Archie goes, the cat follows him all the way home, too!
- Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats : Peter is a little older than he is in The Snowy Day. He wanders his neighborhood on a summer day, spinning around, playing, drawing a chalk trail on the sidewalk. He decides to learn to whistle so he can call his dog, as he sees an older boy do.
- Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry is an ode to loving your natural hair — and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere.
- Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson tells a powerful anti-bullying message.
- The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson :Meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this moving picture book that proves you’re never too little to make a difference.
- 13th is a documentary that takes an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality. (TV-MA)
- Race: The Power of the Illusion Documentary/TV Series
- American Experience: The Abolitionists is a series that takes place during some of the most violent and contentious decades in American history, amid white-hot religious passions that set souls on fire, and bitter debates over the meaning of the Constitution and the nature of race. It reveals how the movement shaped history by exposing the fatal flaw of a republic founded on liberty for some and bondage for others, setting the nation on a collision course. In the face of personal risks — beatings, imprisonment, even death — abolitionists held fast to their cause, laying the civil rights groundwork for the future and raising weighty constitutional and moral questions that are with us still. (TV-PG)
- Selma Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. (PG-13)
- Red Tails is a 2012 American war film about the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) servicemen during World War II. However, discrimination, lack of institutional support and the racist belief that these men lacked the intelligence and aptitude for the job dog their every step. Despite this, the Tuskegee Airmen, as they become known, more than prove their worth. (PG-13)
- Eyes on the Prize is a television series that tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, and embodied a struggle whose reverberations continue to be felt today. (TV-PG)
- Remember the Titans is a film that tells the true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit. (PG)
- Just Mercy is a film that tells a powerful and thought-provoking true-story, "Just Mercy" follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his history-making battle for justice. (PG-13)
- Harriet is an extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. (PG-13)
- Implicit Bias: Peanut Butter, Jelly and Racism :What is implicit bias? NYT/POV's Saleem Reshamwala unscrews the lid on the unfair effects of our subconscious.
- Defining Confirmation Bias :Reporters and media professionals define the term “confirmation bias,” and discuss its effect on how people approach and evaluate news and other information.
- Not In Our Town : Townspeople of all races and religions found common ground against hate based attacks against their African American, Native American and Jewish families and congregations. Religious and community leaders, labor union volunteers, law enforcement, the local newspaper and concerned residents united in action and spoke loudly against hate and intolerance, proclaiming in no uncertain terms "Not In Our Town!"
- TEDx Talks to Help Educate on Racism and Actions to Eliminate It
- Stamped from the Beginning - The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Unabridged) (Audiobook) is a 2016 non-fiction book about race in the United States by Ibram X. Kendi.
- Civil Rights History Project : On May 12, 2009, the U. S. Congress authorized a national initiative by passing The Civil Rights History Project Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-19). The law directs the Library of Congress (LOC) and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) to conduct a survey of existing oral history collections with relevance to the Civil Rights movement to obtain justice, freedom and equality for African Americans and to record new interviews with people who participated in the struggle, over a five year period beginning in 2010
- African American Studies at Princeton University : The Princeton African American Studies Department is known as a convener of conversations about the political, economic, and cultural forces that shape our understanding of race and racial groups.
- African-American History: The Modern Freedom Struggle : This course introduces the viewer to African-American history, with particular emphasis on the political thought and protest movements of the period after 1930, focusing on selected individuals who have shaped and been shaped by modern African-American struggles for freedom and justice. Clayborne Carson is a professor in the History Department at Stanford University.
Levitt Academic Resource Center: Information Commons
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EBSCO Discovery Service is a articles & databases search engine that allows easier access to in-depth research.
EBSCO Discovery Service is a articles & databases search engine that allows easier access to in-depth research.
- Systemic Racism
- Racial Injustice
- Racial Equity
- White Supremacy
- White Fragility