Below is a list of resources to strengthen your knowledge on race relations, cultural, social issues, and the economic plight of Black and Brown people in the U.S.
I’ve highlighted some of the many ways you, too, can get involved in advocating and supporting the ongoing call for social justice and racial equality to help change the inherent issues in the system.
Use your resources, speak up, take it a step further than the social media campaigns.
Scroll through the links, read the articles, donate to any of the organizations whose work aligns with your values, and follow their social media to stay connected.
Register to Vote!
But first, it all starts at the ballot box! One way you can make a difference is to let the ballot box do the talking for you. Make it a priority to vote in every local, state, and national election you’re eligible to participate, as this is not a right some always had, and many people still don’t have it.
Take the first step. Register to vote today!
- U.S. citizens in Florida, click here to register to vote and find out how to request a mail-in ballot today!
- For all other eligible U.S. voters, register to vote here and be sure to participate in the process.
- If you’re already registered, don’t forget to verify that your registration information is correct.
Tools & Resources to Inspire Action on Race and Social Justice
Organizations advocating for social justice and equality:
- NAACP Miami-Dade Chapter
- ACLU of Greater Miami Chapter
- Community Justice Project
- New Florida Majority
- PowerU Center for Social Change
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- Southern Poverty Law Center
- Teaching Tolerance
- Color of Change
- Campaign Zero
- Black Lives Matter
- The Movement for Black Lives
- Back Youth Project 100
- Dream Defenders
- The Bail Project
- Community Justice Exchange National Bail Fund Network
Anti-Racism Resources – Articles, Books, Podcasts, Films, etc.
- Dark Days by James Baldwin
- Diversify by June Sarpong
- Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri
- They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery
- Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde
- Freedom Is A Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
- I’m Still Here Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
- The New Jim Crow Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin J. DiAngelo
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby
- The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
- Killing Rage: Ending Racism by bell hooks
- How to Be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- A Taste of Power A Black Woman’s Story by Elaine Brown
Multicultural and Social Justice Books for Children:
- A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
- Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester
- We’re Different, We’re the Same by Book Kates and Joe Mathieu
- The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, A Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson
- That is My Dream! A Picture Book of Langston Hughes’s “Dream Variation” by Langston Hughes
- All Are We Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
- Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney
- Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez And Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh
- Selection of multicultural and social justice books for children
- The Ultimate List of Diverse Books for Children (Compiled by Here Wee Read)
- 1619 – Derive from The New York Times Magazine 1619 Project
- NPR Code Switch – podcast tackles the subject of race and culture head-on
- The Diversity Gap – a podcast exploring the diversity gaps in society and culture from thought leaders, authors, creatives and more
- Momentum: A Race Forward – podcast featuring movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice
- Pod for the Cause – stories on civil and human rights challenges of our day
- Pod Save the People – Explores news, culture, social justice, and politics
- The Nod – focus on stories and topics particular to Black culture
- Speaking of Racism – discussions on race and racism
Movies & Documentaries Tackling Race and Social Justice
- I Am Not Your Negro – Written by James Baldwin and directed by Raoul Peck (2016) – Watch for free on YouTube – Documentary based on an incomplete book idea proposed by James Baldwin. It discusses the lives and assassinations of Malcolm X; Martin Luther King, Jr.; and Medgar Evers.
- Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise (2016) – PBS – four-hour series looking at the last five decades of black history in the United States
- 13th – Directed by Ava Duvernay (2016) – Netflix – Watch it free on YouTube – Explores the criminalization of Black and brown people and the boom U.S. prison system
- Teach Us All – Directed by Sonia Lowman (2017) – Netflix – Documentary on educational inequality set against the backdrop of the 1957 Little Rock school crisis.
- LA 92 – Directed by Daniel Lindsay and T. J. Martin (2017) – Netflix
- Whose Streets? – Directed by Sabaah Folayan 2017) – Hulu – An account of the Ferguson uprising and the resulting movement as told by the activists and leaders who lived it.
- When They See Us – Directed by Ava Duvernay (2019) – Netflix – This miniseries details the real-life story of the Central Park Five: five black teenagers wrongly convicted of the assault of a Central Park jogger in 1989.
- Time: The Kalief Browder Story – Directed by Jenna Furst (2017) – Netflix – This series tells the story of Kalief Browder, a Black Bronx teen who spent three horrific years in jail, despite not being convicted of a crime.
- The Black Power Mixtape – Directed by Göran Olsson (2011) – Examines the Black Power movement’s evolution from 1967 to 1975, as told by Swedish journalists and filmmakers.
- Fruitvale Station – Directed by Ryan Coogle (2013) – Watch for free on Tubi – A young black man is swept up in an altercation with police while traveling home after New Year’s Eve festivities.
- Just Mercy – Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (2019) – A young Harvard graduate moves to Alabama to defend those wrongly accused of crimes or without proper representation.
- Selma – Directed by Ava Duvernay (2014) – Hulu – Chronicles the fight for suffrage led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s
- The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015) – This documentary examines the rise and legacy of The Black Panther Party.
Additional Anti-Racist Educational Tools & Resources
- Talking About Race – National Museum of African American History & Culture
- Anti-Racism Resource Guide – Compiled by Tasha K., June 2020
- Anti-Racism Resources – Compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein in May 2020
- Racism & Anti-Blackness Resources & How to Be a Better Ally – Compiled by Tatum Dorrell, Matt Herndon and Jourdan Dorrell, June 2020