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Educate yourself on challenges happening to the Black Community

Updated: Sep 24, 2020

What to watch/listen?

  • What is Systemic Racism?(Short Video)

  • Travis Jones, Bad White People TEDx Talk,

  • “13th” 2016 TV-MA, Netflix, “In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians and the criminalization of African American and the US prison boom.”

  • Podcast, Seeing White, Scene On Radio

  • “The Hate You Give" (Cinemax)-Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds -- the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what's right.

  • “When They See Us” (Netflix)-In 1989 a jogger was assaulted and raped in New York's Central Park, and five young people were subsequently charged with the crime. The quintet, labeled the Central Park Five, maintained its innocence and spent years fighting the convictions, hoping to be exonerated. This limited series spans a quarter of a century, from when the teens are first questioned about the incident in the spring of 1989, going through their exoneration in 2002 and ultimately the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.

What to read?

  • “A More Beautiful and Terrible History” by Jeanne Theoharis-Jeanne Theoharis provides context and realism to the figures in the civil rights movement that have been mythologized throughout history, proving that there’s still so much more to learn than what’s taught in history classes.

  • “Between The World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates- In the tradition of the great black writer of the 1900s, James Baldwin, Coates writes to his son about his life being a black public intellectual, about black history and his analysis of racism.

  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson 2014- recounts her experiences growing up as a black girl in 1960s and 1970s South Carolina and New York in this award-winning memoir in verse.

  • “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi-Rather than figuring out how to fix things within our pre-existing systems, Kendi uses the power of memoir to reimagine a society that is not free from racism, but also actively working against racism at all times.

  • “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in The Age of Colorblindnes”s by Michelle Alexander-Michelle Alexander, a civil rights litigator and legal scholar, focuses on the plight of mass incarceration of Black men in the United States.

  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D Taylor 2016 -Cassie Logan and her family live in a town rife with racism and prejudice in the 1930s. During one turbulent year, Cassie struggles to understand why discrimination and injustice are a constant part of black Americans' lives. Cassie's parents and community aim to help her better understand the world and how she can change it, making this an excellent title for talking with children about injustice and racism.

  • “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo-For white and non-Black people who feel they don’t know how to start having these conversations, Oluo has generously provided a resource about how to be honest and thoughtful in examining not just racism in the world, but also white people’s own role in it.

  • “They Can’t Kill Us All” by Wesley Lowery-Wesley Lowery’s memoir about the exhausting reality of a lifetime of reporting police brutality and the deaths of Black people in America.

  • “The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates-This is a story from the point of view of a slave, his life on a plantation, and joining the abolitionist movement, It provides deep insights into black American history.

  • “We Were Eight Years in Power" by Ta-Nehisi Coates- A series of essays the author had published in Atlantic Monthly and other magazines. Reflection on the author’s evolution as a writer and a deep analysis of Barack Obama’s presidency and the presidential election that followed.

  • Fifty Books about race for kids and young adults:

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