We have compiled a list of resources intended to educate and inform on racism.
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“So You Want To Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo
This book is a great introduction to learning about racism.
“The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander
Learn about the policies and laws after the War on Drugs/90’s Crime Bill.
“Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
An essay about growing up as a Black boy.
“On the Run” by Alice Goffman
Learn about how the criminal justice system entraps young Black men with ongoing offenses/charges related to poverty.
“Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools” by Monique Morris
This is a good book for educators or others working with youth.
“Evicted” by Matthew Desmond
Set in Milwaukee, learn about discrimination and inequality in housing and renting.
“For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood” by Christopher Emdin
This is a great book for teachers or anyone working with Black youth.
“Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” by Beverly Daniel Tatum
“Bad Feminist” by Roxane Gay
Read essays written about pop culture and how it intersects with race and gender.
“Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real about Race in School”
A collection of essays on racism in school.
“There Are No Children Here” by Alex Koltowitz
This book provides an in-depth look into years in the life of Black children growing up in Chicago public housing.
“An American Summer” by Alex Koltowitz
This is follow-up to “There Are No Children Here.”
“If They Come for Me in the Morning” by Angela Davis
A memoir of a Black activist.
“The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life” by Elijah Anderson
This book provides an introduction to learning about racism.
“American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation’s Drive to End Welfare” by Jason DeParle
Learn about welfare reform policy.
“The Fire Next Time” by James Baldwin
Essays from one of the most revered Black writers in American history.
“Teaching for Black Lives”
This is a great resource for educators or others who work in schools.
“Beloved” by Toni Morisson
A literary classic about slavery and its effects.
“The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead
A fictional reimagining of the Underground Railroad and how it connects to the present.
“Ruby” by Cynthia Bond
A story of a young Black girl growing up in 1950’s South and her recovery from trauma.
“Black Girl/White Girl” by Joyce Carol Oates
A story of two roommates in the early 1970s navigating their relationship in college.
Anti-Racism Books for Children
“Something Happened in Our Town” by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin.
This story helps children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives and includes guidelines for discussing race and racism with children, child-friendly definitions and sample dialogues. Ages 4–8.
“Sulwe” by Lupita Nyong’o, illustrated by Vashti Harrison
This story inspires children to see their own unique beauty. Ages 4-8.
“The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family” by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali, illustrated by Hatem Aly
This story teaches children the unbreakable bond between siblings and of being proud of who you are. Ages 4-8.
“Where Are You From?” by Yamile Saied Méndez, illustrated by Jaime Kim
A girl learns about her roots from her abuelo. A Spanish-language edition, “¿De dónde eres?,” is also available. Ages 3-8.
“The Day You Begin” by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López
This book teaches about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone. Ages 4–8.
“My Hair is a Garden” by Cozbi A. Cabrera
A girl learns that her natural Black hair is beautiful. Ages 5–8.
“Mae Among the Stars” by Roda Ahmed, illustrated by Stasia Burrington
This book will inspires young girls to reach for the stars, to aspire for the impossible and to persist with childlike imagination. Ages 3-8.
“Alma and How She Got Her Name” by Juana Martinez-Neal
This is a good story for children who may be curious about their own origin stories or names. Ages 4-8.
Informative Articles and Videos
Gen POC documents the stories and vulnerabilities of young people of color.
Still Processing is a New York Times culture podcast hosted by Jenna Wortham.
Ear Hustle shares the daily realities of life inside prison shared by those living it, and stories from the outside, post-incarceration.
Have You Heard explores education policy and politics with journalist Jennifer Berkshire and education historian Jack Schneider.
1619 examines the long shadow of American slavery.
More Anti-Racism Resources
Anti-Racism Resources compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein