Advancing Education, Growth, and Change Around Racial Justice

Working to understand, confront, and dismantle systemic racism is vital to Lesley’s mission as a university that strives towards social justice and inclusion. Our goal at Lesley is to create a collaborative learning community willing and able to learn and engage within and across differences and to educate students who are active citizens and agents of change.

On this page, you’ll find resources to help advance education, growth, and change around issues of racial justice. This is the foundation of a collection of resources that we will continue to build on. We welcome feedback and contributions to this important university-wide project at or

Black Lives Matter protest in Boston. Back of two people, black man and white woman holding hands raised in the air.
Photo courtesy: Anna Latino


Lesley Resources & Highlights

Our library at Lesley University created this online Anti-Oppression Guide.

Here are some of our own news stories and podcasts on race, racism, and antiracism, as well as instances of Lesley experts speaking about issues in the media. If you have a resource you would like to recommend for this section, please email and


Lesley News and Past Events

Read some of our articles and stories on race, racism, and antiracism, including past Lesley events addressing equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice, as well as faculty and staff experts speaking in the media on these topics.

External Resources

Here are some articles, websites, books, videos, movies, and other resources on issues related to race and racism that were created by experts outside of Lesley University. If you have a resource you would like to recommend for this section, please email and

  • Black Lives Matter & Advocacy

    Resources for Black Wellness

    Academics for Black Survival and Wellness
    Website organized by a group of Black counseling psychologists and their colleagues who practice Black allyship to foster accountability and growth for non-Black people, and enhance healing and wellness for Black people.

    Black-Owned Businesses

    In Cambridge
    Cambridge Local First (CLF), a non-profit network of 400+ local and independent businesses here in Cambridge, Massachusetts, created a list of Black-Owned businesses in Cambridge, Boston and surrounding areas. 

    In Boston & Surrounding Areas
    A Google Spreadsheet that lists Black-Owned businesses in the Boston area. 

    Apps to Find Black-Owned Businesses
    American digital media and entertainment website Refinery29 provides a slideshow of top-ranking websites and apps that allow you to locate and patronize Black-owned businesses in your area.

    Bon Appetit’s List of Black-Owned Restaurants (by region/city)
    American food magazine Bon Appétit compiles extensive lists highlighting Black-owned businesses in American cities pulled together by restaurant critics, writers, and local food lovers. 

    Ways to Support Black-Owned Businesses During Social Distancing
    In this article, CNN Business Senior Writer Jeanne Sahadi gives different ways to support Black-Owned businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to stand in solidarity with the Black community. 

    Charities & Organizations

    Antiracism Center
    The mission of the BU Center for Antiracist Research is to convene varied researchers and practitioners to figure out novel and practical ways to understand, explain, and solve seemingly intractable problems of racial inequity and injustice.

    Audre Lorde Project
    A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focused on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education, and capacity-building, they work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. 

    The Bail Project
    Their mission is to combat mass incarceration and reshape the pretrial system in the United States.

    Black Lives Matter Boston
    Centers work against racist policing and police violence, abolishing mass incarceration, economic disparities, and factors that allow the school to prison pipeline to exist. Their mission is to organize and build Black power in Boston and across the country. 

    Black Visions Collective
    Envisions a world in which ALL Black Lives Matter. They use the guidance and brilliance of their ancestors as well as the teachings of their own experiences to pursue their commitment to dismantling systems of oppression and violence.

    Black Women’s Blueprint
    Envisions a world where women and girls of African descent are fully empowered and where gender, race and other disparities are erased.

    Campaign Zero
    A project of the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, WeTheProtesters. Funds donated to Campaign Zero support the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide.

    Color of Change
    The nation’s largest online racial justice organization. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, they move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.

    A daily news site where race matters, featuring award-winning in-depth reporting, news analysis, opinion and curation.

    Community Change Inc
    Community Change was born out of the Civil Rights Movement and in response to the Kerner Commission which named racism as "a white problem." CCI shines a spotlight on the roots of racism in white culture with the intention of dealing with racism at its source, as well as with its impact on communities of color.

    Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)
    The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

    Families Belong Together
    The Families Belong Together coalition includes nearly 250 organizations representing Americans from all backgrounds across the country who have joined together to fight family separation and promote dignity, unity, and compassion for all children and families. 

    Families for Justice as Healing
    Families for Justice as Healing is led by incarcerated women, formerly incarcerated women, and women with incarcerated loved ones. Our mission is to end the incarceration of women and girls. 

    Gathering For Justice
    The Gathering for Justice is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2005. Their mission is to build a movement to end child incarceration while working to eliminate the racial inequities that permeate the justice system. 

    George Floyd Memorial Fund
    This is a GoFundMe page organized by the sister of George Floyd. This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist George's family in the days to come as they continue to seek justice for George.  

    Gianna Floyd Fund
    This is the official GoFundMe established in George Floyd's honor to help provide for the needs of his 6-year-old daughter Gianna Floyd.

    The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights
    The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States.

    The Massachusetts Bail Fund
    The Massachusetts Bail Fund pays up to $2000 bail so that low-income people can stay free while they work towards resolving their case, allowing individuals, families, and communities to stay productive, together, and stable.

    Massachusetts Criminal Justice Reform Coalition
    The Massachusetts Criminal Justice Reform Coalition is a diverse cross-section of leaders who find common ground in the urgent need for comprehensive corrections reform.

    The Movement For Black Lives (M4BL)
    The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) seeks to reach millions, mobilize hundreds of thousands, and organize tens of thousands, so that Black political power is a force able to influence national and local agendas in the direction of our shared Vision for Black Lives.

    MPower Change is a grassroots movement working to build social, spiritual, racial, and economic justice for all people. MPower Change aims to build political power online and offline for Muslims across the U.S. 

    Muslim Girl
    Muslim Girl is a blog by Muslim women for Muslim women. Their goal is to raise the place of Muslim women in mainstream society.

    Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. 

    NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
    The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans

    National BailFunds
    A collection of community resources for protestors around the country.

    National Domestic Workers Alliance
    Founded in 2007, The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) works for respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers, the majority of whom are immigrants and women of color.

    The Prison Policy Initiative
    The non-profit, non-partisan Prison Policy Initiative produces cutting edge research to expose the broader harm of mass criminalization and then sparks advocacy campaigns to create a more just society.

    The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and  Legal Services (RAICES) is a nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees.

    Reclaim the Block
    Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety.

    Residential Reentry for Women Fund
    A program designed to support formerly incarcerated women to successfully navigate the overwhelming complexities of reentering society upon their release.

    The Sentencing Project
    Founded in 1986, The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.

    Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
    Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability.

    SisterSong is a Southern based, national membership organization; our purpose is to build an effective network of individuals and organizations to improve institutional policies and systems that impact the reproductive lives of marginalized communities.

    Sisters Unchained
    Sisters Unchained is a prison abolitionist organization dedicated to building community and power with young women affected by parental incarceration through radical education, healing, art, sisterhood and activism.

    United We Dream
    United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led community in the country. They create welcoming spaces for young people – regardless of immigration status – to support, engage, and empower them to make their voice heard and win.


    From Beirut to Minneapolis: A Protest Guide in Solidarity
    In solidarity with protesters in Minneapolis and other American cities, Lebanese technologists, protesters, and activists put together this document as a guide for escalating protests and documenting police abuse

    How to Protest Police Brutality Safely and Effectively
    An article from American LGBTQ+ online magazine them. that provides tips on how to participate in protests responsibly, whether or not you’re on the front line.

    The Low-Tech Gear that Kept Hong Kong Rioters Safe
    An article from Seattle-based newspaper The Stranger describes the low-tech tactics used by Hong Kong protesters to keep themselves safe from tear gas, face surveillance, and other weapons that could be used against them. 

    Protesting 101: Be Prepared and Be Safe
    An article from sports blog Deadspin gives advice on how to stay safe while participating in protests. 

    This is Not a Riot! Reading List
    A reading list that was made with the intention of helping anyone who has witnessed the rapidly-expanding protests of the last few weeks navigate their own feelings, and field questions some may have surrounding the protests.

    Resources for Advocacy and Activism

    26 Ways to Be In The Struggle Beyond The Streets
    This list describes different ways that communities can engage in liberation and participate in the Black Lives Matter movement 

    Black Lives Matter Card of Resources
    Black Lives Matter Card of Resources in Different Languages
    This web page provides different ways to advocate and participate in the Black Lives Matter through links to sign petitions, donate, vote, contact government officials, and resources for protests 

    Black Lives Matter Downloadable Toolkits
    This toolkit was created to collate, condense, and share the lessons that ensure that direct actions for the Black Lives Matter movement are centered on healing justice.

    Boston Public Library: Race, Social Justice, and Civil Rights Resources
    A list of resources created by the Boston Public Library of links to resources about race, racism, police violence, social justice, civil resistance, hate crime, and civil rights.

    Harvard Black Law Students Association Resources
    The Harvard Black Law Students Association provides resources to support funds and organizations dedicated to racial justice, liberation and ending violence against Black people.

    How to Support the Struggle Against Police Brutality
    An article that describes and provides resources for what you can do to safely support protests for the Black Live Matter movement during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

    Know Your Rights Resources
    A list of resources created by the National Lawyers Guild 

    Register to Vote
    Learn how to register to vote and find the deadlines for voter registration in your state.

    Register to Vote in Massachusetts
    The Online Voter Registration System to register to vote in Massachusetts

    Support the Black Agenda to Hold Elected Officials Accountable
    The Black Futures Lab transforms Black communities into constituencies that change the way power operates—locally, statewide, and nationally.

    Tell Your Governor to Invest in Communities - American Friends Service Committee
    American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) provides this resource to call on governors in every state to defund policing and invest instead in critical needs such as schools, health care, and transformative justice initiatives that truly center community well-being.

    What Comes After Protests? - Massachusetts Lawmakers of Color have 10 Proposed Police Reforms
    Nearly 30 members of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus and other local elected officials of color released a 10-point list of “meaningful policy changes” to address the way institutional racism has manifested in policing.

    The Anti-Racism Project's Resources
    A list of resources such as books, articles, films, and organizations in support of Anti-Racism. 

    Jenna Arnold’s Resources
    A list of resources to the social media accounts of social activists who are Women of Color. 

    Rachel Ricketts’ Anti-Racism Resources
    Racial justice educate Rachel Ricketts provides a curated list of anti-racism and racial justice-minded resources to help people in the quest to dismantle racist patriarchy.

    Showing Up For Racial Justice’s Educational Toolkits
    This list created by Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) uses political education, toolkits, and other resources to sharpen kills in taking action for movement building for solidarity and social justice.

    97 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
    Online magazine Medium provides a list of how white people can support the Black Lives Matter movement and racial justice 

    Resources for White People to Learn and Talk About Race and Racism
    Non-profit technology company Fractured Atlas provides resources for white people to teach themselves about Race and Racism, and to get a sense for the kinds of things the Fractured Atlas White Caucus has been reading/watching/listening.

    Save the Tears: White Woman’s Guide
    A guide for white women to support the Black Lives Matter movement by educating themselves on racism, reflect upon their privileges, and un-learn microaggressions while learning how to be anti-racist.

    Resources for Black LGBTQ+

    LGBTQ Freedom Fund
    The LGBTQ Freedom Fund posts bail to secure the safety and liberty of individuals in U.S. jails and immigration facilities. They work to build a critical mass against the mass detention of LGBTQ individuals — a tangle of discrimination and poverty disproportionately puts them behind bars.

    Supporting Black LGBTQ Youth Mental Health

    An article from non-profit LGBTQ organization The Trevor Project supports Black LGBTQ youth in crisis who are expressing a wide range of emotions over the senseless and unjust violence against Black Americans


    How To Be An Antiracist
    Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. 

    Sister Outsider
    Presents the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde.

    The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century
    A vibrant, inspirational force, Grace Lee Boggs has participated in all of the twentieth century’s major social movements—for civil rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights, and more. She draws from seven decades of activist experience, and a rigorous commitment to critical thinking, to redefine “revolution” for our times.

    Videos & Movies

    The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
    PBS documentary on the history of the political, activism and social services organization and movement.

    The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975
    With contemporary audio interviews from leading African American artists, activists, musicians and scholars, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 looks at the people, society, culture, and style that fueled an era of convulsive change.

    The Difference Between Being Racist and Antiracist
    TED Talk interview with Ibram X. Kendi proposing that “non-racism” doesn’t exist: one is either racist or antiracist.

    Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965
    A book based on the documentary of the same name, by Juan Williams (a Robert Lavelle book).

    Race Matters: America in Crisis
    PBS NewsHour special on racial tensions in the wake of the police homicide of George Floyd.

    A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

    Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers
    Black Feminism remains a foundational theory and practice guiding social justice movements for Black lives.


    Intersectionality Matters!
    Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory.

    Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
    Features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. Co-hosts Chevon and Hiba give their unique takes on race and pop culture, and uplift narratives of hope, struggle, and joy, as we continue to build the momentum needed to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture.

    Pod For The Cause
    A podcast to help spark conversation and activism on some of the most critical issues of today. From The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights.

    Pod Save the People
    DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with Sam Sinyangwe, Kaya Henderson and De’Ara Balenger. They offer a unique take on the news, with a special focus on overlooked stories and topics that often impact people of color.

  • Cultural Perspectives

    Articles & Websites

    Diversity Makes You Brighter
    In a New York Times opinion piece, professors Sheen S. Levine and David Stark write about ethnic and racial diversity and how it can enrich the thought process.

    Southern Rural Public Schools: A Study of Teacher Perspectives (PDF)
    Author Leah McCoy "explores teachers' perspectives of the cultural issues affecting academic performance in twelve public high schools in Mississippi and Louisiana."

    Is October Brown Chinese? A Cultural Modeling Activity System for Underachieving Students
    Login to the American Educational Journal is required to access this article. Carol Lee, using a framework of cultural-historical activity theory, "analyzes the quality of intellectual reasoning of a class of high school students with standardized reading scores in the bottom quartile," deconstructing "the historical dimensions of the cultural practices these students learned to acquire."

    My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant
    In an essay for New York Times Magazine, Jose Antonio Vargas reveals and chronicles his life in America as an undocumented immigrant.

    Anti-Racism Resources for Asian Americans
    This Google Doc compiles various articles and resources for the purpose of educating Asian Americans on Asian American and Pacific Islander history, black solidarity, and anti-black racism.

    Conversations with Asian Americans on Race
    A subscription to the New York Times is required to access this article.
    Article and accompanying video from the New York Times, part of the "Op-Docs" series. Asian Americans talk about how stereotypes unfairly confine them.


    A Voice from the South
    The only book published, in 1892, from the influential teacher and scholar Anna Julia Cooper, who was born into slavery and was the fourth African American woman to earn a doctorate.

    The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality
    Author Cheikh Anta Diop explores questions such as whether ancient Egypt was a Black civilization.

    The Best Short Stories by Black Writers 1899-1967
    Stories and perspectives from James Baldwin, Alice Walker, Ralph Ellison and other important Black writers, edited by Langston Hughes.

    The Cultural Nature of Human Development
    Barbara Rogoff argues that human development must be understood as a cultural process rather than simply biological or psychological.

    The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks
    The enduring works of legendary poet Gwendolyn Brooks—the first Black author to win a Pulitzer Prize—in one collectible volume. Edited by Elizabeth Alexander.

    Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White
    Frank H. Wu examines affirmative action, immigration, and other issues through the lens of the Asian-American experience.


    The Color of Fear
    An insightful, groundbreaking film about the state of race relations in America as seen through the eyes of eight North American men of Asian, European, Latino and African descent. In a series of intelligent, emotional and dramatic confrontations the men reveal the pain and scars that racism has caused them.

    The Danger of a Single Story
    In her TED Talk, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warns that if we hear only a single story from a person or a country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

    The Way Home
    Over the course of eight months, sixty-four women representing a cross-section of cultures (Indigenous, African-American, Arab/Middle Eastern, Asian, European-American, Jewish, Latina, and Multiracial) came together to share their experience of racism in America

  • History and Stories of Race & Racism

    Articles & Websites

    The 1619 Project
    A subscription to the New York Times Magazine is required to access this article.
    An ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.

    A Brief History of Juneteenth
    From Time Magazine.

    The Combahee River Collective Statement
    Created and written by Afrocentric black feminists who parted ways from the National Black Feminist Organization in order to create, define, and clarify their own politics. These women are actively committed to struggling against racial, sexual, heterosexual, and class oppression.

    Educate Yourself About Racism
    GetAbstract’s collection of free videos, articles, and books on racism, allyship, inclusivity, social justice, and more.

    History of Juneteenth
    This website describes the history behind Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

    House Rules
    In this episode of the podcast This American Life, ProPublica reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones talks about the history of racial housing discrimination in the United States and what has been done—and hasn't been done—to rectify it.

    Honoring Juneteenth
    Links and resources about Juneteenth provided by the Health & Medicine Policy Research Group of Chicago.

    The Intersectionality Wars
    When Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term 30 years ago, it was a relatively obscure legal concept. Then it went viral.

    Juneteenth: A Primer on America’s Second Independence Day
    Brief background of Juneteenth from Trivia Genius.

    Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror
    The Equal Justice Initiative details the history of lynching in America and how its effects are still felt today.

    RACE: Are We So Different?
    Looking through the eyes of history, science, and lived experience, the RACE Project explains differences among people and reveals the reality—and unreality—of race.

    Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?
    Ibram X. Kendi talks about fear in America—the fear of black men, and the fear black men have of that fear.


    Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment: A Tragedy of Race and Medicine
    by James H. Jones
    From 1932 to 1972, the U.S. Public Health Service conducted a non-therapeutic experiment involving over 400 black male sharecroppers infected with syphilis.

    Between the World and Me
    Ta-Nehisi Coates reflects on race in America, as a letter to his son.

    Black Skin, White Masks
    A major influence on civil rights, anti-colonial, and black consciousness movements around the world, Black Skin, White Masks is Frantz Fanon’s unsurpassed study of the black psyche in a white world.

    Blocks of Faith
    Mary Margaret Wade Moore's memoir about growing up in the early 20th century American South.

    Columbus: The Four Voyages, 1492-1504
    Laurence Bergreen’s study of the whole of Christopher Columbus, from his career as an explorer to his enslavement of the indigenous people he encountered, and his behavior’s future ramifications.

    Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality
    Joel Spring gives a concise history of racism and school policies affecting dominated groups in the United States. 

    A Dying Colonialism
    Frantz Fanon’s seminal account about the politics of the Algerian Revolution of the 1950s, which has many parallels to contemporary American struggles of Black people.

    From Slavery to Freedom: A History of Negro Americans
    Highly regarded textbook and research tool on the history of African Americans, by John Hope Franklin & Alfred A. Moss, Jr.

    New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America.  
    Author Wendy Warren looks at how the economy of early New England was dependent on slavery.

    Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63
    Part one of a trilogy that includes At Canaan's Edge and Pillar of Fire by Taylor Branch.

    Roll Jordon Roll: The World That Slaves Made
    Eugene D. Genove’s 1976 book challenged conventional views of slaves by illuminating the many forms of resistance to dehumanization that developed in slave society.

    Slave Testimony: Two Centuries of Letters, Speeches, Interviews and Autobiographies
    Annotated and authenticated accounts of slaves, edited by John Blassingame.

    The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America
    Chronicling the emergence of deeply embedded notions of black people as a dangerous race of criminals, Khalil Gibran Muhammad reveals the influence such ideas have had on urban development and social policies.

    The Warmth of Other Suns
    Pulitzer-winning author Isabel Wilkerson traces the long migration of black Americans who fled the south in search of a better life in the cities of the north and west.

    Women of Courage
    Photographs and short biographies, based on the Black Women Oral History Project.

    The Wretched of the Earth
    A brilliant analysis by Frantz Fanon of the psychology of the colonized and their path to liberation.

    Black Rage
    This 1992 book by William Grier examines Black life from the vantage point of psychiatry, highlighting the insidious and lingering effects of slavery on contemporary family life, schools and society.

    Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment
    Patricia Hill Collins sets out to explore the words and ideas of Black feminist intellectuals and writers, both within the academy and without. 

    Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower
    Far too often, Black women’s anger has been caricatured into an ugly and destructive force that threatens the civility and social fabric of American democracy. But Brittney Cooper shows us that there is more to the story than that.

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou’s debut memoir captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right.

    Redefining Realness
    Janet Mock establishes herself as a resounding and inspirational voice for the transgender community—and anyone fighting to define themselves on their own terms.

    The Bluest Eye
    A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison’s virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.

    Their Eyes Were Watching God
    Zora Neale Hurston’s epic tale of Janie Crawford, a proud, independent black woman, whose quest for identity takes her on a journey during which she learns what love is, experiences life’s joys and sorrows, and comes home to herself in peace.

    This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color
    Through personal essays, criticism, interviews, testimonials, poetry, and visual art, this collection explores the complex confluence of identities—race, class, gender, and sexuality—systemic to women of color oppression and liberation.

    When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America
    Ira Katznelson fundamentally recasts our understanding of twentieth-century American history and demonstrates that all the key programs passed during the New Deal and Fair Deal era of the 1930s and 1940s were created in a deeply discriminatory manner.

    Videos & Movies

    American Revolution II
    Documentary centered on racial and political unrest in late-1960s Chicago.

    The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman 
    This story depicts the struggles of African Americans through the eyes of the narrator, a woman named Jane Pittman. Jane Pittman shares the major events of her life from the time she was a young girl in slavery at the end of the Civil War. 

    ​Bryan Stevenson Interview
    Bryan Stevenson, Director of Equal Justice Initiative, talks about race in America and his memoir, “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.”

    Lynching in America: The Legacy of Lynching
    Bryan Stevenson, Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, explains why we need to address America’s legacy of racial terror.

    ​Race—The Power of an Illusion​
    This three-hour series by California Newsreel questions the very idea of race as innate biology. Available for a week long digital rental to individuals on Vimeo, $2.99 per episode, $4.99 for the entire series.

    Online Companion to Race—The Power of an Illusion​ 
    An online companion to the award-winning documentary series by California Newsreel discussing the origins, beliefs and consequences of what we call race.

    Racism Increased When We Had a Black President
    Interview with Lee Mun Wah, producer and director of The Color of Fear.

    The History of White People
    Nell Irvin Painter traces the invention of the idea of a white race—often for economic, scientific, and political ends.

    The West Was Built on a Lie 
    Professor Kehinde Andrews argues that the myth of Europe as an enlightening force across the globe helps us to sleep at night, but is ultimately based on racism.

    The Urgency of Intersectionality
    Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term "intersectionality" to describe how race and gender bias can combine to create even more harm. In this moving talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice.

    We Need to Address the Real Roots of Racial Violence
    "Why does the killing of unarmed blacks continue to happen?" asks political scientist Megan Ming Francis. She makes an urgent case for a new approach to these tragic deaths, explaining that we need to look at the deeper causes of systemic racism rather than settle for easy fixes.

    Freedom Riders
    Renowned director Stanley Nelson chronicles the inspirational story of American civil rights activists' peaceful fight against racial segregation on buses and trains in the 1960s.

    Dark Girls
    A documentary exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color, particularly dark-skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture.

    Breaking the Huddle: The Integration of College Football
    Focusing on football programs in the Southeastern, Southwest and Atlantic Coast Conferences, this documentary chronicles the heyday of football programs at historically black colleges and universities, and explores the profound effect of the Civil Rights movement of the '60s on the racial status quo of college athletics.

    I Am Not Your Negro
    Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material.

    12 Years a Slave
    Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom.

    Dear White People
    Students of color navigate the daily slights and slippery politics of life at an Ivy League college that’s not nearly as “post-racial” as it thinks. Both a movie and TV series.

    A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.

    Get Out
    A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.

    Django Unchained
    With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

    X (about Malcolm X)
    Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

    While on probation, a man begins to re-evaluate his relationship with his volatile best friend. Explores the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland.

    King In The Wilderness
    This documentary chronicles the final chapters of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum.


    Examination of the long shadow of American slavery hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones.

    Code Switch (NPR)
    Hosted by journalists of color, this podcast explores how race impacts every part of society— from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between.

  • Mental Health and Crisis Hotlines

    AYANA Therapy
    AYANA therapy is a user-friendly app we are launching that enables matching marginalized communities with compatible licensed therapists based on their unique experiences and identities across race, gender identity, class, sexuality, ethnicity, and ability. 

    Black Emotional and Mental Health (BEAM) Collective
    Black Emotional and Mental Health (BEAM) Collective is a training, movement building and grant making organization dedicated to the healing, wellness and liberation of Black and marginalized communities.

    Black Girls Smile
    Nonprofit organization Black Girls Smile provides a list of mental health resources for Black girls and Black women. 

    Inclusive Therapists
    Inclusive Therapists offers a safer, simpler way to find a culturally responsive, social justice-oriented therapist. They center the needs of marginalized populations, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, the LGBTQ+ community, neurodivergent folx, and people with disabilities.

    Melanin and Mental Health
    Melanin & Mental Health® connects individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities. They are committed to promoting the growth and healing of our communities through our website, online directory, and monthly events.

    Therapy for Black Girls
    Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.

    Therapy for Black Men is a directory to help men of color in their search for a therapist. Black men will also find a wide range of resources aimed at helping them in their search for a multiculturally-competent therapist.

    Virtual Mental Health Services from Boston Glass
    GLASS provides a continuum of services to LGBTQ+ youth of color and their allies in the Greater Boston and Greater Framingham areas. As a leader in LGBTQ+ youth services, they also provide education and consultation to other providers and community organizations.

  • Policing, Race, and Justice

    Articles & Websites

    Can Cops Unlearn their Unconscious Biases?
    An article by Tom James from The Atlantic. It describes how “implicit bias” training is spreading to departments around the country, the theory being it can influence officer behavior on the street. But it’s still not clear that the classes actually work.

    Calling the Police on Black People Can Put Them in Danger
    In this article from Teen Vogue column Speak On It, queer Black feminist Jenn M. Jackson examines the recent onslaught of police violence against black Americans when compared to the gentleness toward known white killers, and how calling the police often results in violence against black people.

    Differential Police Response to Black Battered Women
    Article by Amanda L. Robinson and Meghan S. Chandek from the journal Women & Criminal Justice. This study focuses on the police arrest decision for black battered women compared to other victims.

    The Failure of Police Body Cameras
    Vox Senior Correspondent German Lopez explains how police body cameras, what was once thought of as a relatively easy fix to police use of force issues, has ended up falling short of what many supporters and activists anticipated.

    On the Epidemic of Police Killings
    Article from the academic journal Social Justice. Steve Martinot clarifies conceptually the common structure uniting many of the incidents in the recent crescendo of police killings of people of color, going beyond their shared racist framework.

    Staring Down the State: Police Power, Visual Economies, and the War on Cameras
    Article from the international journal Crime, Media, Culture. This paper considers how the politics of security and order are also a politics of aesthetics encompassing practical struggles over the authority and regulation of ways of looking and knowing

    State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review (.PDF)
    Article by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. This article aims to deepen public awareness of implicit biases and the challenges they pose to a society that strives to treat all of its members equally.

    Stealing a Bag of Potato Chips and Other Crimes of Resistance
    Article by Sociologist Victor M. Rios from the journal Contexts. This study shows how some young men make trouble as a means of gaining respect. This excerpt is an adaptation from his book Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys.

    The Continuing Significance of Race: An Analysis Across Two Levels of Policing
    Article by Patricia Warren from the academic journal Social Science Quarterly. This article uses research to explore the influence of vicarious experience and perceptions of racial profiling in accounting for racial variation in trust across two levels of policing—highway patrol and city/local police.

    The Hyper-criminalization of Black and Latino Male Youth in the Era of Mass Incarceration.
    Article by Sociologist Victor M. Rios from the academic journal Souls. This article discusses how Black and Latino youth who are labeled “deviant” are impacted by criminalization after coming in contact with the juvenile justice system.

    The Police Officer’s Dilemma: Using Ethnicity to Disambiguate Potentially Threatening Individuals
    Article from the scientific journal Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. This study uses a video game to examine the effect of ethnicity on decisions to shoot or not shoot targets in the game.

    The Walking Dead and Killing State: Zombification and the Normalization of Police Violence
    Article from the academic journal Theoretical Criminology. This article argues that the association of “zombie apocalypses” with police violence again black people reveals how the logic of security, state violence, and punitive disposability are imagined and reproduced as livable parts of late-capitalism.

    Unpacking the invisible knapsack: The invention of white privilege pedagogy
    Article from the journal Cogent Social Sciences. This article uses Ricoeur’s hermeneutics of suspicion, an interpretive strategy directed to the hidden or repressed meanings behind texts, to examine the origins of white privilege pedagogy, in particular their foundational technique, “unpacking the invisible knapsack.”

    Want to Help Marginalized Students in Schools? Stop “Stop and Frisk” and Other Punitive Practices, Too
    Article by Markus Gerke from the website Sociology Lens. The article discusses how the “Stop and Frisk” policy is a structural barrier impacting the lives of marginalized youth.

    Shooters Quicker to Pull Trigger When Target is Black, Study Finds
    NPR interview regarding an analysis of "trigger bias," which examines whether race affects how likely a target is to be shot.


    All American Boys
    Written in tandem by two award-winning authors, this powerful novel shares the alternating perspectives of Rashad and Quinn as the complications from that single violent moment, ripped from the headlines, unfold and reverberate to highlight an unwelcome truth.

    Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation
    Through the compelling stories of Black women who have been most affected by racism, persistent poverty, class inequality, limited access to support resources or institutions, Beth E. Richie shows that the threat of violence to Black women has never been more serious, demonstrating how conservative legal, social, political and economic policies have impacted activism in the US-based movement to end violence against women.

    Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity
    (Especially chapter 4: Naughty by Nature.)
    Ann Arnett Ferguson, with three years of participant observation research at an elementary school, offers a richly textured account of daily interactions between teachers and students to understand this serious problem

    Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence University of Georgia Press 
    On June 17, 2015, a white supremacist entered Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and sat with some of its parishioners during a Wednesday night Bible study session. An hour later, he began expressing his hatred for African Americans, and soon after, he shot nine church members dead. Professors Chad Williams, Kidada E. Williams, and Keisha N. Blain put together this collection of essays and columns to put the massacre―and the subsequent debates in the media―in the context of America’s tumultuous history of race relations and racial violence on a global scale.

    Crisis and Control: The Militarization of Protest Policing
    Lesley J. Wood explains how neoliberal transformations of political and economic systems are militarising the policing of protest, based on a compelling empirical study of police agencies and practices from 1995 until the present.

    Dear Martin
    Nic Stone boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning #1 New York Times bestselling debut, a William C. Morris Award Finalist.

    Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color
    Andrea J. Ritchie examines how Black women, Indigenous women, and women of color experience racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement.

    Just Mercy
    An unforgettable true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to end mass incarceration in America — from Bryan Stevenson, one of the most inspiring lawyers of our time.

    Killing Rage: Ending Racism
    One of our country's premier cultural and social critics, bell hooks has always maintained that eradicating racism and eradicating sexism must go hand in hand. But whereas many women have been recognized for their writing on gender politics, the female voice has been all but locked out of the public discourse on race. Killing Rage speaks to this imbalance. These twenty-three essays are written from a black and feminist perspective, and they tackle the bitter difficulties of racism by envisioning a world without it.

    On Lynchings
    American journalist, educator and Civil Rights leader Ida B. Wells-Barnett recounts how her voice of protest became a crusade against lynching, which became the focus of her long, active, and very courageous life.

    Oppositional Consciousness: The Subjective Roots of Social Protest
    Edited by Jane J. Mansbridge and Aldon Morris, this collection of essays employs a recent historical case to demonstrate how oppositional consciousness actually worked in the experience of a subordinate group.

    Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship
    Charles Epp, Steven Maynard-Moody and Donald Haider-Marker deftly trace the strange history of the investigatory police stop, from its discredited beginning as “aggressive patrolling” to its current status as accepted institutional practice.

    Race, Equity and the Learning Environment
    Focusing on the higher education learning environment, this volume illuminates the global relevance of critical and inclusive pedagogies (CIP), and demonstrates how their application can transform the teaching and learning process and promote more equitable educational outcomes among all students, but especially racially minoritized students.

    Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and facilitating difficult dialogues on race
    Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence debunks the most pervasive myths of “colorblindness” using evidence, easy-to-understand examples, and practical tools.

    Stamped from the Beginning
    Award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history.

    The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church's Complicity in Racism
    The Color of Compromise takes readers on a historical journey: from America’s early colonial days through slavery and the Civil War, covering the tragedy of Jim Crow laws and the victories of the Civil Rights era, to today’s Black Lives Matter movement. Author Jemar Tisby reveals the obvious—and the far more subtle—ways the American church has compromised what the Bible teaches about human dignity and equality.

    The Fire Next Time
    A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document.

    The Fire This Time
    In this bestselling, widely lauded collection, Jesmyn Ward gathers our most original thinkers and writers to speak on contemporary racism and race, including Carol Anderson, Jericho Brown, Edwidge Danticat, Kevin Young, Claudia Rankine, and Honoree Jeffers.

    The Hate U Give
    Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.

    The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
    In this book, Michelle Alexander shows that, by targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. The E-Book is available at the Lesley University Library.

    Videos & Movies

    Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay's examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country's history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America.

    3½ Minutes, 10 Bullets
    HBO documentary on police brutality.

    Frontline: Policing the Police
    PBS documentary on Newark, N.J., police department that was ordered to reform.

    Whose Streets?
    A feature-length documentary about police brutality and police-Black relations.

    We Need to Talk About an Injustice
    In an engaging and personal talk—with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks—human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives.

    Crime + Punishment
    Amidst a landmark class action lawsuit over illegal policing quotas, Crime + Punishment chronicles the remarkable efforts and struggles of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest and summons in New York City.

    Peace Officer
    William “Dub” Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained one of Utah's first SWAT teams, uncovers the truth about the controversial standoff that killed his son-in-law and other officer-involved shootings in his community, while tackling larger questions about the changing face of police investigations nationwide.

    Let the Fire Burn
    Jason Osder’s documentary recounts the steps that led to a horrific tragedy on May 13, 1985, when a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and the controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax.

    Just Mercy
    Film based on the powerful and thought-provoking true story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his history-making battle for justice.

    The Hate U Give
    Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right.

    American Son
    An estranged couple reunite in a Florida police station to help find their missing teenage son. Urgent questions arise concerning the degree to which race, gender, and class play into police procedure.

    As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.

    Fruitvale Station
    The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions. It would be his final encounter of the day, with police officers at the Fruitvale BART station, that would shake the Bay Area to its very core.

    If Beale Street Could Talk
    A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn't commit.

    See You Yesterday
    Two Brooklyn teenage prodigies, C.J. Walker and Sebastian Thomas, build makeshift time machines to save C.J.'s brother, Calvin, from being wrongfully killed by a police officer.

    When They See Us
    Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.

  • Teaching & Learning

    Thought-provoking resources we’ve collected on topics ranging from microaggressions in the classroom to recommended children’s books with anti-bias or social justice themes.

    Articles & Websites

    15 Classroom Resources For Discussing Racism, Policing, and Protest
    Independent news organization Education Week compiles a list for teachers looking for more classroom resources—for themselves and their students-- "to help foster productive conversations about race and civil disobedience."

    Teaching For Black Lives: a handbook to fight America’s Ferocious racism in (virtual or face-to-face) Classrooms
    The Washington Post provides, with permission, the introduction and two chapters from the book "Teaching for Black Lives," a collection of writings that helps educators humanize blacks in curriculum, teaching and policy and connect lessons to young people’s lives.

    Cognitive Dissonance as a Strategy in Social Justice Teaching (PDF)
    Article by Paul C. Gorski, in Multicultural Education, Fall 2009.

    Four Ways Teachers Can Address Microaggressions in the Classroom
    Education professor Kimberly Griffin gives teachers methods for stopping a form of discrimination that she sees in classrooms.

    Putting Diversity on the Map
    Article about a team at Teachers College Columbia University that created a guide to academic offerings on race.

    Shining a Light on Cultural Blindspots through Teacher Education
    A blog that describes an interesting way to encourage pre-service teachers to identify and examine their own cultural blind spots.

    Social Justice Books
    A website with a recommended anti-bias and social justice booklist for children and educators. Listed by themes, topics, and age groups.

    Teaching Kids About Slavery: Books Struggle with the Task
    An NPR piece by Eyder Peralta. "Teaching for Change" aims to track of the best and worst multicultural children's books.

    Teaching Tolerance
    Southern Poverty Law Center's magazine for educators interested in social justice.

    When Racists Obscure Racism
    A blog post from Teaching Tolerance magazine (Southern Poverty Law Center publication).

    Curriculum Resources

    ReadWriteThink: Celebrate Juneteenth (activities for grades 5–12)
    Juneteenth is a celebration of the day in 1865 that word of Lincoln's signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves, made its way to the state of Texas. The celebration name is a combination of "June" and "Nineteenth"—the day that the celebration takes place.

    StirFry Seminars & Consulting
    Diversity training seminars, diversity training films, and diversity training materials.

    Teaching Tolerance: Teaching Juneteenth
    The history of Juneteenth acknowledges hard history while also empowering students to be advocates for change.

    Zinn Education Project’s Teaching Materials
    For educators committed to teaching a people’s history. When we look at history from the standpoint of the workers and not just the owners, the soldiers and not just the generals, the invaded and not just the invaders, we can begin to see society more fully, more accurately.


    Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults
    Each winter, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.

    20 Picture Books for 2020: Readings to Embrace Race, Provide Solace & Do Good
    A book list to help engage the broad range of emotions and needs of diverse children in our multiracial society.

    Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise Into Practice
    In this book edited by Beers, Probst, and Rief, there are several chapters of note:

    • Building the Textual Lineages of African American Male Adolescents
      Tatum (pp. 81-86)
    • English Language Learners in the Classroom
      Aguilar, Fu, and Jago (pp. 105-125)

    Black Ants and Buddhists
    Teacher Mary Cowhey discusses her curriculum for first and second graders that helps students to think critically about the world and provides starting points for conversations about diversity and controversy.

    Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom
    In her award-winning book, Lisa Delpit provides "ways teachers can be better 'cultural transmitters' in the classroom.”

    Understanding Language Variation in U.S. Schools
    Anne Charity Hudley and Christine Mallinson describe differences between standard and non-standard variations of English, how these differences affect teaching and learning in schools, and what to do about it.

    What Does Injustice Have to Do with Me?: Engaging Privileged White Students with Social Justice
    David Nurenberg weaves together narrative from his twenty years of suburban teaching with relevant research in education and critical race theory to provide practical, hands-on strategies for educators dealing with challenges unique to high-powered suburban, urban and independent schools.

  • Parenting: Talking to Kids About Racism

    Articles & Websites

    Talking to Kids About Racism and Police Brutality
    A list of resources to begin processing trauma with children and to support you in creating space for potentially challenging, but important, conversations.

    Teaching Your Child About Black History Month
    In an article for PBS, children’s book author Cheryl Willis Hudson offers suggestions to help you connect your kids with Black history.

    George Floyd, Racism, and Law Enforcement
    The Anti-Defamation League's guide to having family conversations about current events.

    Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup
    Resources to help you start talking to young children about race.

    How White Parents Can Talk To Their Kids About Race
    NPR’s Michel Martin spoke with Jennifer Harvey, author of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America.

    Resources for White Parents to Learn about Racism
    Janine de Novais provides resources that are some important, initial steps for parents in what should be a lifelong journey of understanding how racism affects this society.

    12 Children’s Books about Racism and Injustice
    Meera Sriram's two kids share some of their recent reads, books that have taught them about African-American history, activism, and #BlackLivesMatter.

    How to Talk to Kids About Race: Ages 3 to 8
    A guide that aims to answer questions about what is developmentally appropriate by age in talking about race and provide a framework for a rich and interesting conversation around race, without discomfort or embarrassment.


    Fare of the Free Child
    With a particular interest in unschooling and the Self-Directed Education movement, Akilah S. Richards and guests discuss the fears and the fares of raising free black and brown children in a world that tends to diminish, dehumanize, and disappear them.

    Integrated Schools Episode: Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey
    Dr. Jennifer Harvey discusses her book, Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America, as well her personal journey towards anti-racist organizing, educating, and child rearing.

  • White Privilege & Systemic Racism

    Articles & Websites

    Answering White People’s Most Commonly Asked Questions about the Black Lives Matter Movement
    A Q&A by—and for—people with privilege who want to learn more about racial justice.

    The Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was Dying
    Adam Serwer writes that the pandemic has exposed the bitter terms of our racial contract, which deems certain lives of greater value than others.

    How Privilege Became a Provocation
    A subscription to the New York Times is required to access this article.
    New York Times article by Parul Sehgal, in response to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Wellesley commencement speech, discussing the word and the concept of privilege.

    How the Ways College Authorities Talk about Diversity Can Undercut Efforts To Fight Racial Inequality
    Natasha Warikoo reveals that messages U.S. colleges and universities send about racial diversity can have troubling implications for how America’s college students think about race and meritocracy.

    Injustice at Universities Runs Deeper than Names
    In this Atlantic Magazine article, Tressie McMillan Cottom discusses injustices in higher education. Correcting past wrongs at colleges requires programs that commit to educational justice, not mere discussion—or erasure—of racist symbolism.

    Minority Sheet Metal Workers in New York Start Getting Back Pay After Decades of Bias
    A subscription to the New York Times is required to access this article.
    Rachel Sarns, in the New York Times, about workplace inequities.

    The Missing Black Students at Elite American Universities
    Andrew McGill writes in the Atlantic Magazine about how minority college enrollment has skyrocketed, but the black share of the student bodies at top research schools has barely budged in 20 years.

    Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
    Peggy McIntosh of the Wellesley Centers for Women writes about white privilege—what it means, examples, and how we can work to end it.

    Unpacking the invisible knapsack: The invention of white privilege pedagogy
    Leslie Margolin examines the origins of “unpacking the invisible knapsack,” and reveals that this pedagogy, though designed to fight racism, has the unintended effect of supporting white privilege.


    A Race Is a Nice Thing to Have: A Guide to Being a White Person or Understanding the White Persons in Your Life
    Written for a general audience, Janet E. Helms examines white racial identity and how its recognition may help to end racism. 

    Being White in the Helping Professions: Developing Effective Intercultural Awareness
    In this reflective yet practical book, Judy Ryde challenges white helping professionals to recognize their own cultural identity and the impact it has when practicing in a multicultural environment.

    Black Brass: Black Generals and Admirals in the Armed Forces of the United States
    Celebrates prominent Black military leaders who succeeded in the overwhelmingly white upper echelons of the armed forces. By Henry E. Dabbs.

    Black Power: The Politics of Liberation
    Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) and Charles V. Hamilton exposes the depths of systemic racism in the United States and proposes a radical political framework for reform.

    Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them
    Shakil Choudhury argues that to really work through issues of racial difference and foster greater levels of fairness and inclusion, you need to understand the human mind—its conscious and unconscious dimensions.

    Developing Cultural Humility: Embracing Race, Privilege and Power
    Contributing authors—representing a mix of "cultural backgrounds" but stereotypically identified as "white"—discuss both the challenges and rewards they experienced in their own journeys and how they continue to engage in the process of staying connected to their cultural identity and to being culturally responsive.

    Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy: Social Justice in Higher Education
    Drawing from mindfulness education and social justice teaching, Beth Berila explores an anti-oppressive pedagogy for university and college classrooms.

    Look Out, Whitey! Black Power’s Gon’ Get Your Mama
    Julius Lester highlights the barriers placed before Black people in America, including systemic injustice and white, liberal “benign” racism.

    Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race
    A guide for facilitating and participating in difficult dialogues about race, Derald Wing Sue—an internationally recognized expert on multiculturalism, diversity, and microaggressions—explores the characteristics, dynamics, and meaning behind discussions about race as well as the hidden "ground rules" that inhibit honest and productive dialogue.
    E-Book is available at the Lesley University Library.

    Revealing Whiteness: The Unconscious Habits of Racial Privilege
    By looking closely at the subtleties of white domination, Shannon Sullivan issues a call for other white people to own up to their unspoken privilege and confront environments that condone or perpetuate it.

    So You Want to Talk About Race
    Ijeoma Oluo explores the complex reality of today's racial landscape—from white privilege and police brutality to systemic discrimination and the Black Lives Matter movement—offering straightforward clarity that readers need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide.

    Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections From an Angry White Male
    Activist Tim Wise examines the way in which institutional racism continues to shape the contours of daily life in the United States, and the ways in which white Americans reap enormous privileges from it.

    The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching about Race and Racism to People Who Don't Want to Know
    Tema Okun offers theoretical grounding and practical approaches for leaders and teachers interested in effectively addressing racism and other oppressive constructs.

    Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race
    Debby Irving explains why and how she's changed the way she talks about racism, works in racially mixed groups, and understands the antiracism movement as a whole. Exercises at the end of each chapter prompt readers to explore their own racialized ideas.

    What Does It Mean to Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy
    Weaving research, analysis, stories, images, and familiar examples, Robin DiAngelo provides the framework needed to develop white racial literacy.

    White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
    In this in-depth exploration, anti-racist educator Robin DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

    White Privilege: Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism
    This interdisciplinary collection of commonsense, non-rhetorical readings lets educators incorporate discussions of whiteness and white privilege into a variety of disciplines.

    White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
    From the Civil War to our combustible present, acclaimed historian Carol Anderson reframes our continuing conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America.

    Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria, and Other Conversations About Race
    Developmental psychologist and educator Beverly Tatum's thought-provoking book about racial identity. E-Book is available at the Lesley University Library.

    Me and White Supremacy
    Layla F. Saad leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on black, indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

    Raising Our Hands
    Jenna Arnold asks white women to step up and join the new front lines in the fight against complacency—in their homes, in their behaviors, and in their minds.

    Videos & Movies

    American Promise
    An engaging PBS documentary about two friends, middle-class African American boys, who attend Dalton, a private school in Manhattan. Raises many provocative questions about race, class, opportunity, and the achievement gap.

    Checking White Privilege
    Tim Wise, author of "White Like Me," criticizes white privilege and racism in America.

    Dr. Robin DiAngelo Discusses White Fragility
    Dr. Robin DiAngelo reads from her book "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism," explains the phenomenon, and discusses how white people can develop their capacity to engage more constructively across race.

    Educate Yourself
    Links to several TED talks on race, racism, diversity & inclusion, and more.

    Finding Myself in the Story of Race
    Debbie Irving's TedX talk explains how she grew up in a white bubble and one day had an epiphany about white privilege and institutional racism.

    Greening the Ghetto
    Ted Talk by Majora Carter, a "visionary voice in city planning who views urban renewal through an environmental lens."

    Slavery by Another Name
    PBS documentary that challenges myths and assumptions about racial equity from the Emancipation Proclamation to today.

    The Secret to Changing the World
    TED Talk by Lee Mun Wah about being an Asian minority in white culture.

    Three Ways to Speak English
    Poet and educator Jamilla Lyiscott's Ted Talk about the three "distinct flavors" of English she speaks with friends, in the classroom, and with her parents.

    The Tuskegee Airmen 
    The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps (AAC), a precursor of the U.S. Air Force. Trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama, they flew more than 15,000 individual sorties in Europe and North Africa during World War II. Their impressive performance earned them more than 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses, and helped encourage the eventual integration of the U.S. armed forces.

    White Like Me: Racism and White Privilege
    Video by the Media Education Foundation, based on the work of author and educator Tim Wise. Explores race and racism in the United States through the lens of whiteness and white privilege.

    How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion
    Peggy McIntosh lectures on issues of equity and privilege as they relate to race, class, gender, and sexual orientation.


    Seeing White
    Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for? John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series.

“The paradox of education is precisely this—that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.”
James A. Baldwin, American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist
Lesley Initiatives for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Learn more about our organizations and programs that work toward creating a diverse and inclusive campus environment.