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Resources for Anti-Racism

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Intended for those seeking a better understanding of racism, how to move beyond ignorance, prejudice,

and misinformation regarding race, and how to make lasting change

New resources will be in RED and in BOLD for easy identification

Developed by the DEIA Initiative of The Mint Museum


  "Blackish" clip every American should see

 Being Black by Jane Elliot

 Trevor Noah on our broken social contract

 Systemic Racism explained

How to decontruct racism one headline at a time









The 1619 Project  - Six-part series from the New York Times on how slavery has transformed America, includes suggested readings

About Race

Code Switch  - Weekly from NPR, a multi-racial, multi-generational team of NPR journalists covering race and identity. 

Co-Conspired Conversations: For Checking Your Privilege

Fare of the Free Child podcast

Hear to Slay: For Community - by subscription, free trial available

Integrated Schools podcast episode “Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey”

Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast

Parenting Forward podcast episode ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt’

Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)

Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)

Seeing White

The Stoop: For Stories on the Black Experience 

The United States of Anxiety: For Lessons in History 

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Links are to publisher or author sites when possible. To find at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library, search here.

Purchase from Black-owned bookstores: Local   Online


Assata: an Autobiography by Assata Shakur       

Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Black Marxism: The Making of Black Radical Tradition by Cedric Robinson

Caste: the Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson 

Common Ground: a Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families by J. Anthony Lukas

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs - Download or Read Online

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

My Vanishing Country: a Memoir by Bakari Sellers

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson

Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

The Warmth of Other Suns: the Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

When They Call You A Terrorist: a Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors with Asha Bandele

The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square by Ned Sublette



All about Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color by Jina Ortiz

Americannah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

Betsey Brown by Ntozake Shange - Teacher's guide

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison - Link includes a teacher's guide

King Hedley II by August Wilson - Just one of the plays in Wilson's Century Cycle

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines - Link includes a teacher's guide

Native Son by Richard Wright - Reading guide

Parable of the Sower – Octavia Butler

Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination by Toni Morrison - Literary criticism

Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse

A Taste of Honey by Jabari Asim

Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson



Are Prisons Obsolete? By Angela Davis - Downloadable PDF

Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins

Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon

Breathe: a Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga

Citizen: an American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The Fire This Time: a New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall

How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

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

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

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

The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs

Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock 

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Tears We Cannot Stop: a Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

They Can’t Kill Us All: the Story of the Struggle for Black Lives by Wesley Lowery

When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson

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

White Rage: the Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color by Ruby Hamad

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverley Daniel Tatum 

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

Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis

Words of Fire: an Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought by Beverly Guy-Sheftall

The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon


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Topics include Anti-racism, Children, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Short Stories/Essays, Literary Fiction, Poetry, and Romance. 


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Links to full-length film/video when possible. Trailers otherwise. Streaming options noted. 


1619: The Legacy of Slavery in America - From Nikole Hannah-Jones, author of New York Times’ “1619 Project” 

Being Black by Jane Elliott - One simple question

Confederate Monuments Must Come Down - The top ten states with Confederate monuments are responsible for over 4,000 lynchings from 1877 to 1950,

Dr. Claude Anderson Defines Racism - Dr. Anderson defines racism and why most people don't understand it

History of Policing - From NPR's Throughline, a history of policing in the United States

How Southern Socialites Rewrote Civil War History - How the United Daughters of the Confederacy propagandized our history to look more favorably on the South after the Civil War - from monuments to school textbooks

Myths About Confederate MonumentsACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeffrey Robinson exposes Confederate monuments for what they really are

Racism in Health Care - a four part discussion series from WFAE hosted by Mary C. Curtis

The Segregation Myth - Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law, debunks the myth behind modern segregation

The Unseen Police Violence Against Black Women - TED talk from Dr, Kimberle Crenshaw

What is the Significance of 1619? - Three events that changed America

Wilmington, NC: When White Supremacists Overthrew the Government - the true story of the 1898 overthrow of Wilmington's elected government by armed white supremacists; part of Vox's Missing Chapter series on history

Ground Breaking Inventions by African Americans - Famous Inventions by African Americans

Black Children with White Moms are Sharing what it is like for Them - Children of biracial families share their experiences of growing up in white families 


Dramatic Feature Films/Series

American Son - Based on the Broadway play, directed by Kenny Leon — Netflix   HBOMax

Birth of a Nation - D.W. Griffith's 1915 silent film, originally titled  "The Clansman" 

BlacKkKlansman - Spike Lee's Academy Award winning film - Available for purchase

Blindspotting - Carlos López Estrada's 2018 comedy/drama — Available for rent or with subscription: YouTubeHuluGooglePlay,Amazon Prime, and more

Clemency - 2019 feature film directed by Chinonye Chukwu — Available to rent or with subscription: YouTube, HuluGooglePlay

Dear White People - Award-winning film and TV series created, directed and produced by Justin Simien — Available to rent or with subscription: Film - YouTubeiTunesAmazon Prime and more, TV Series on Netflix

Fruitvale Station - Feature film based on a true story directed by Ryan Coogler— Available to rent or with subscription: Netflix,HuluYouTubeAmazon Prime and more

The Hate U Give - George Tillman Jr.'s drama based on the best-selling novel — Available to rent or with subscription:Hulu with HBOHBOMaxYouTubeAmazon Prime and more

If Beale Street Could Talk - 2018 feature film based on James Baldwin's book of the same name — Available to rent or with subscription: HuluYouTubeGooglePlayAmazon Prime and more

Just Mercy - Feature film based on Bryan Stevenson's bestselling book — Available to rent: Amazon PrimeGooglePlayYouTube

See You Yesterday - Sci-fi, teen actors, strong social message - Produced by Spike Lee — Available with subscription to Netflix

Selma - Ava DuVernay's drama based on the 1965 marches from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights  — Available to rent: Amazon PrimeYouTubeGoogle Play and more

Watchmen --- HBO alternative history drama series based on the DC Comics - Available to purchase and with subscription to HBO: Amazon PrimeHBOMaxHuluYouTube and more

When They See Us - Ava DuVernay's series based on the true story of the Central Park Five — Available with subscription to Netflix

Money Explained - College debt, disparities - Available with subscription to Netflix 

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker - Available with subscription to Netflix 




13th - Oscar-nominated documentary on the prison system from director Ava DuVernay— Available with subscription: Netflix

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution - Documentary of the Black Panther Party with archival footage and interviews with surviving members— Available to rent: iTunesAmazon Prime

Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975  - 2011 documentary film, directed by Göran Olsson— Available to rent: YouTube, iTunes, GooglePlay

Coded Bias from PBS Independent Lens (Season 22, Episode 10) - Exposes the "discrimination within facial recognition algorithms now prevalent across all spheres of daily life." Available on Netflix

Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock --- PBS documentary on Civil Rights activist Daisy Bates -- Available for purchase from the filmmaker's website

Dreamland: Little Rock’s West 9th Street – PBS documentary on Little Rock's West 9th Street district

The Healthcare Divide - from PBS Frontline - Exposes the long term inequities of healthcare in this country accerbated by COVID

I Am Not Your Negro - Documentary based on James Baldwin's book — Available to rent or on Kanopy : YouTube, Amazon Prime, GooglePlay and more

King In The Wilderness - Feature length documentary film of the last 18 months in the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. — Also available to rent or with subscription: Hulu, HBOMax, Amazon Prime, YouTube and more

Nine from Little Rock - Restored award-winning short film documentary from 1964 -- Also available with subscription:Amazon Prime

Race in America - a series of films addressing various aspects of race and inequity in the US from PBS

Teach Us All  - Sonia Lowman's documentary look at the lingering inequalities in American schools  -- Available with subscription to Netflix

#Anne Frank: Parallel Stories - Her story, five Holocaust survivors via Oscar winner Helen Mirren - Available with subscription to Netflix, YouTube, 

Brene’ Brown: The Call to Courage - Available with subscription to Netflix

Last Chance U - A junior college in Mississippi prepares football champions - Available with subscription to Netflix

CRIP CAMP: A Disability Revolution - Grassroots activism, triumph, with ‘disabled’ population - Available with subscription to Netflix, YouTube

Miles Davis: birth of the cool - Available with subscription to Netflix 

Giving Voice - The legacy of Playwright August Wilson - Available with subscription to Netflix 

The Two Killings of Sam Cooke - Available with subscription to Netflix 

They Gotta Have Us - Oscar-winning work; truth behind Hollywood’s Black renaissance - Available with subscription to Netflix 

Quincy Jones - Available with subscription to Netflix  

A Love Song for Latasha - The injustice of her death - Available with subscription to Netflix 

What Happened:  Miss Simone - Available with subscription to Netflix 

HomeComing: A Film by Beyonce’ - Available with subscription to Netflix 

The Last Dance - unfiltered story of the Chicago Bulls - Available with subscription to Netflix 

Who Shot the Sheriff:  A Bob Marley Story - Symbol of peace and love; Jamaica feared as the next Cuba - Available with subscription to Netflix 


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AAM (American Alliance of Museums) Facing Change Initiative- Advancing diversity and inclusion for museum boards

Against the Odds: Artists of the Harlem Renaissance - the PBS documentary provides a profound historical context for the formidable obstacles faced by African American artists in the 20s and 30s

Maxwell Anderson, Expressions of empathy are not enough – it’s time for US museums to act, Apollo Magazine, June 4, 2020

Art Museum Staff Demographic Survey 2018, from the Mellon Foundation

Black-Owned Galleries to Support Across the United States

Corner Office: Creating the Modern Museum, How will museums change in the years ahead? - NYTimes conversation with Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Decentering Whiteness in Design History Resources - an actively growing resource of articles organized by theme 

Empathetic Museum - Workshops and metrics, such as their Maturity Model, to measure institutional change

Exhibiting Inclusion: an Examination of Race, Ethnicity, and Museum Participation - by Alexandra Olivares & Jaclyn Piatak, International Journal of Voluntary and Non-Profit Organizations

Fashion and Race Database - an online platform to challenge misrepresentation within the fashion system, and its sister site The Fashion and Race Syllabus

Incluseum - Seattle-based project providing "critical dialogue, community building, and collaborative practice," such as:

Kerry James Marshall on Museums - Marshall confronts art institutions about the unignorable absence of Black artists

Let's Talk Dammit: Combating Racism in Charlotte and Beyond - a panel discussion for Black creatives  

Many History Interpreters of Color Carry Weight of Racism by Christine Fernando - 

MASS Action (Museum as Site for Social Action) Toolkit - one of many resources from this site

The Mint's Community Relations Director recognized as an icon by the Latino community

Modernity + Coloniality - a free online summer course on coloniality and decoloniality

Dr. Porchia Moore, Cartography: a Black woman's response to museums in the time of racial uprising, The Incluseum, June 10, 2020

Kelli Morgan, To bear witness: real talk about white supremacy culture in art museums today, Indianapolis Recorder [newspaper], June 23, 2020

Museum Hue - Providing networking and resources to advance "Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color in the cultural field." Institutional and individual memberships available.

Museums & Race: Transformation & Justice - a movement to challenge and re-imagine institutional policies and systems that perpetuate oppression in museums

Museums Are Not Neutral - the digital and real-life community - See #MuseumsAreNotNeutral on Instagram and Twitter

NC Black Artists for Liberation - a manifesto, petition, and GoFundMe for this intiative

Oppression: a Museum primer, from the Incluseum, February 24, 2015

Resource Roundup - Museum Activism and Social Justice, from Museum Workers Speak

SEAMD (Southeast Art Museum Directors) Resources

SEMC (Southeast Museums Conference) Anti-Racist Resources

Benjamin Sutton, 10 nonprofits you can support to amplify Black voices in the arts, artsy.net, June 17, 2020

Yesomi Umolu, On the Limits of Care and Knowledge: 15 Points Museums Must Understand to Dismantle Structural Injustice, artnet.com, June 25, 2020

Unmasked: We Can't Breathe - a conversation hosted by the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts & Culture

Will Counts: The Central High School Photographs




American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Antiracism Center: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Audre Lorde Project: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Ben & Jerry’s: We Must Dismantle White Supremacy

Black Lives MatterTwitter | Instagram | Facebook 

Black Women’s Blueprint: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Color Of Change: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Colorlines: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

The Conscious Kid: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Patreon

Equal Justice Initiative (EJI): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Families Belong Together: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

The Free Black Womens Library: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Justice League NYC: Twitter | Instagram + Gathering For Justice: Twitter | Instagram

The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

MPower Change: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook 

Muslim Girl: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

NAACP: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

National Domestic Workers Alliance: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

RAICES: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

SisterSong: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

United We Dream: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

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Austin Channing Brown: Website | Instagram | Twitter   

Rachel Cargle: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon 

Brittany Packnett Cunningham: Website | Instagram | Twitter   

Ericka Hart: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Courses  

Blair Imani: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon 

Ibram X. Kendi: Website | Instagram | Twitter   

DeRay Mckesson: Website | Instagram | Twitter   

No White Saviors: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon  

Ijeoma Oluo: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Patreon 

Rachel Ricketts: Website | Instagram | Patreon  

Layla F. Saad: Website | Instagram | Patreon 

Bryan Stevenson: Website | YouTube  

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Anti-Racist Baby - by Ibram X. Kendi

Big List of Beloved Books from the Natural Start Alliance

Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young ad ults 

Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z

Diverse and Inclusive Books to Support Nature-Based Learning from Wonderkin

Early Childhood: Activism and Organizing - this selection from Social Justice Books also includes a guide for selecting anti-bias children's books

31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance


Parenting Forward podcast episode ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt’

Fare of the Free Child podcast

Integrated Schools podcast episode “Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey”


PBS’s Teaching Your Child About Black History Month

Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup from Pretty Good

Social Media

The Conscious Kid:  Instagram | Patreon




All Stories - from the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality - Powerful personal stories about adultification and bias
APA Style - Talking about Racial and Ethnic Identity - guidelines for talking and writing about racial and ethnic identity with inclusivity and respect

Anti-Racism Resources for All Ages - from Dr. Nicole Cooke, University of South Carolina 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Support & Resources - from BOMB magazine

"BIPOC Isn't Doing What You Think It's Doing," by Andrea Plaid and Christopher Macdonald-Dennis for Newsweek

Brendan Beck, The Role of Police in Gentrification, from theappeal.org, August 4, 2020 - and its role in the murder of Breanna Taylor

Ben & Jerry's, 7 ways we know systemic racism is real  - More articles from Ben & Jerry's

Musadio Bidar, "Stacy Abrams said she was 'chastised' for "refusing to demur" in 2020 comments," CBS News, March 2021.

Brene Brown, The system is not broken, it was built this way, Unlocking Us, Facebook post, May 31, 2020

Carmen Collins, Now's the Time to Replace Authenticity with Empathy, PR News, Dec. 7, 2020

Kimberle Crenshaw, Why Intersectionality Won't Wait, from The Washington Post, Sept. 24, 2015

Diversity Resources - from dharma.org, includes faith-based resources

The Emptiness and Inertia of "Having Conversations" - from Jezebel.com

5 Japanese American Women Activists Left Our of U.S. History Books - by Nina Wallace, yesmagazine.org

From here I saw what happened and I cried, The Slowdown podcast, June 15, 2020

Michael Harriat, A timeline of events that led to the 2020 'Fed Up'-rising, The Root, May 30, 2020

Brian Lamb, Our Path Forward to Advance Racial Equity, from Ozy.com

Sophie Maerowitz, "As Disney is Criticized for 'Wokeness,' Some PR Pros Like New Direction." from PR News, April 26, 2021

Sabrina Mahli, Anti-Blackness Goes Back to Ancient Times, from juggernaut.com

Jon Meacham, The South's Fight for White Supremacy, 

Mental Health Issues Facing the Black Community - from Sunshine Behavioral Health - STAFF RECOMMENDATION

Lyra Monteiro, How a Trump Executive Order Aims to Set White Supremacy in Stone Hyperallergic, January 12, 2021

Nadra Kareem Nittle, Understanding 4 Different Types of Racism, ThoughtCo.com, March 1, 2021

Racial Equity Tools - from racialequitytools.org

Rebuilding Pathways: How DEAI and Creative Aging Intersect at the Speed Museum - from AAM

Robert Reich, Healthcare to the Electoral College: Seven Ways 2020 Left America Exposed, from The Guardian

Lawrence R. Samuel, Why Isn't Age Part of Diversity and Inclusion?, from Psychology Today

Barbara Smith, How to Dismantle White Supremacy - from The Nation, September 2020

Kat Stafford, Black Americans experiencing collective trauma, grief - from AP News

Violence Against Asian Americans - resources from PBS on how to fight violence agains Asian Americans

Caroline Randall Williams, You want a Confederate monument? My body is a Confederate monument, NY Times. June 26, 2020

What Lies Between Us: a Virtual 5-week Anti-Racism Educational Course - Tuesdays, 8pm start Aug 4- $$ (Staff recommendation)

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, by Peggy McIntosh

White Supremacy Culture, from Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, ChangeWork, 2001

Zaira Zamindar, Looting is a revolt of the oppressed , Hyperallergic, June 5, 2020


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What happens to a dream deferred? /  Does it dry up / like a raisin in the sun? / Or fester like a sore-- / like a syrupy sweet? / Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. / Or does it explode? - Langston Hughes


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