Resources for Antiracists

 

This list is for those who want to better understand the history of race and the impact of racism on our society.  It is not meant to be exhaustive.  We have included materials for different age groups. 

  • Nonfiction Reads

    How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi,

    The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Aleander

    Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Dr. Beverly Tatum,

    Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations About Race in an Era of School Resegregation,   by Dr. Beverly Tatum,

    White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo

    Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad.

    From Slavery To Freedom: A History of African-Americans by John Hope Franklin

    Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt

    Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey

    So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

    The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America's Law Enforcement by Matthew Horace and Ron Harris

    Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

    The Fire Net Time by James Baldwin

    Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

    They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, And A New Era In America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery

    Hood Feminism: Notes From The Women That The Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall

    Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks

    Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People by Ben Crump

    The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and William Barber II

    Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

    Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

    A People's History of the United States - Howard Zinn (There is a young people's version for elementary and middle school readers)

    I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness - Austin Channing Brown

  • Impactful fiction from Black authors

    For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange

    The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

    Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

    Passing by Nella Larsen

    The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

    The Color Purple by Alice Walker

    White Teeth by Zadie Smith

    An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

    The Mothers by Brit Bennett

    Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

    The Known World: A Novel by Edward P Jones

  • Parenting and Explaining Race to Kids

     These two articles offer useful advice on how to talk to children about anti-Black racism, police violence, and the uprisings:

    George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What do we tell our children? with advice from acclaimed Black psychologist Dr. Beverly Tatum  

    How do I make sure I'm not raising the net Amy Cooper? – an article by White author Jennifer Harvey on raising white children for racial justice. 

    For preschool and elementary school-aged kids

    Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins and Ann Hazzard. 

     

    Best-selling stories to help younger kids: 

    The Colors of Us by Karen Katz

    Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester

    The Skin I’m In: A First Look at Racism by Pat Thomas

    Sesame Street's We're Different, We're the Same by Bobbi Jane Kates

    Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard

    I Am Enough by Grace Byers

    Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin and Lauren Tobia

    Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford and Ekua Holmes

    Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey

    Daddy Why Am I Brown?: A healthy conversation about skin color and family by Bedford F. Palmer

    A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret Holmes

    Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi

     First Look For Sameness  by Kristen Bell

     

    For teens: 

    The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

    Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

    This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work by Tiffany Jewell and Aurelia Durand

    Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

    Dear White People by Justin Simien

     

    Books by our honorary degree recipient and award winning author, Jacqueline Woodson,

    including The Other Side and Show Way. https://www.jacquelinewoodson.com/category/books-ive-written/

     

    Additional Lists

     16 Books About Race That Every White Person Should Read

  • More Listening Suggestions
    • Cite Black Women Collective Podcast
      • A bi-weekly podcast, discussing the acknowledgment of Black women’s ideas and intellectual contributions both inside and outside academia.
    • The Nod
      • Hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings deplore different facets of Black life in the US and abroad. Check out their most recent episode about recent events, We’ve Been Here Before.
    • The Stoop
      • The Stoop shares stories from across the Black diaspora. Hosts Leila Day and Hana Baba start conversations about what it means to be black and how we talk about blackness.
    • Code Switch (on NPR)
      • Code-switching is the practice of shifting between languages or forms of depression in different contets. Hosted by journalists of color, Code Switch deplores race and how it impacts every part of society. The most recent episode, A Decade of Watching Black People Die, is particularly relevant right now.
    • About Race
      • How do we talk (and not talk) about race and everything it entails? The long title of this podcast, which aims to address this question, is Our National Conversation About Conversations About Race.
    • Intersectionality Matters! 
      • Host Kimberlé Crenshaw (a leading scholar of critical race theory) deplores different topics through an intersectional lens. The most recent episodes are part of a series about COVID-19, titled Under the Blacklight.
    • Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
      • Learn from the people at the frontlines of the racial justice movement--organizational leaders and community activists--with hosts Chevon and Hiba.
    • Pod For The Cause 
      • A podcast by The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights. Do you want to effect change and restore our democracy? Listen on!
    • Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)
      • This weekly podcast, hosted by organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson with one-on-one interviews with special guests, focuses on news, culture, social justice, and politics that impact people of color. 
    • Seeing White
      • What does it mean to be white? What is the meaning of whiteness? John Biewen grapples with these questions.
  • More anti-racism resources
    • Our Mental Health Minute:A video series created by psychologists Riana Anderson and Shawn Jones to provide mental health resources for the black community.
    • Campaign Zero:Research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, provide technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns, and support the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide. 
    • The Association of Black Psychologists:An organization seeking the liberation of the African Mind, empowerment of the African Character, and enlivenment and illumination of the African Spirit.
    • NAACP Coronavirus Resources:A wide-ranging list of pandemic resources for the black community from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
    • Black Lives Matter:A global organization that campaigns against violence and systemic racism toward black people.
    • Othering & Belonging Institute:Brings together researchers, organizers, stakeholders, communicators, and policymakers to identify and eliminate the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society in order to create transformative change.
    • The Equal Justice Initiative:Committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
    • Official George Floyd Memorial Fund:Fund established to assist the children and other family members of George Floyd as they seek justice.
    • Official Justice for Breonna Taylor Memorial Fund:Fund established to support the friends and family members of Breonna Taylor as they seek justice for her murder.
    • Anti-racism resources for white people: A compilation of books, podcasts, articles, and other media to help white people, particularly parents, better understand racism, their own role in it, and what they can do to help dismantle it