Anti-Racism Resources

Many of us are not sure how to counter racism when we witness it and don’t know what to say when people we know downplay or trivialize the hate, prejudice and discrimination that Black people (and other people of color) experience in our country.

Being an ally in the struggle for African-American justice and equality goes beyond simply not being racist. Being anti-racist involves having difficult conversations with our friends and family who express anti-Black sentiments or bias. It means looking inwards and addressing our own prejudices. And most importantly, it means standing beside the Black community and other communities of color and fighting against racism and discrimination wherever it shows up. We hope the following list of resources help to educate and motivate you to take action.

This list is by no means exhaustive. Start by picking one book, one article, or one podcast. Choose a friend to talk to about it that will help to hold you accountable, and consider highlighting Black artists, business people, and change makers to use your platform to amplify Black voices.

Movies

  • 13th by Ava Duvernay 
  • Selma by Ava Duvernay 
  • And Still I Rise: Maya Angelou by PBS 
  • A Ballerina’s Tale by Nelson George 
  • Harriet by Kasi Lemmons 
  • Becoming by Nadia Hallgren
  • Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry


Books

Where to buy them: https://lithub.com/you-can-order-today-from-these-black-owned-independent-bookstores/ and https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/g32782756/black-owned-bookstores/

  • Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea Ritchie 

  • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde  

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 

  • How to be Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi 

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

  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo 

  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad 

  • Ain’t I a Woman? by bell hooks 

  • Killing Rage: Ending Racism by bell hooks 

  • They Were Her Property by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers


For families and young readers: 

  • Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham 

  • A Kids Book about Racism by Jelani Memory 

  • A Kids Book About Belonging by Kevin Carroll 

  • A Kids Book About Feminism by Emma Miclroy 

  • A Kids Book About Empathy by Daron K. Roberts 

  • All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold 

  • Color of Us by Karen Katz 

  • Hair Like Mine by Latashia M Perry 

  • I Love My Hair by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley 

  • The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson 

  • Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present by Jamia Wilson 


For teen readers: 

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 

  • This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on how to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell 

  • Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson 

  • 5 Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams 

  • A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée 

  • The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed 

  • This Is My America by Kim Johnson