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Books, TV Shows, and Podcasts to Educate Ourselves on Anti-Racism

The climate of racism in America has reached a boiling point and the evidence is starkly obvious anywhere and everywhere you look. With the overwhelming amount of media and information comes a plethora of questions about how each of us individually can educate ourselves in order to take the proper actions necessary to fulfill the promise of a better future for all.

We are sharing a list of shows, podcasts and reading materials that will hopefully help guide us in educating ourselves and learning our role in the movement. We hear you, we see you and we are with you. Please share any additional materials you think are useful, powerful and will be beneficial to this community.

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1. Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
2. Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper
3. Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
4. How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
5. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
6. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
7. Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
8. Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
9. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
10. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
11. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
12. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander
13. The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs
14. The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
15. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
16. This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga
17. When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson
18. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD

TV Shows

1. 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
2. American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
3. Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
4. Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
5. Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
6. Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
7. I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
8. If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
9. Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent
10.King In The Wilderness  — HBO
11. See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
12. Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
13. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
14. The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
15. When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix


1. 1619 (New York Times)
2. About Race
3. Code Switch (NPR)
4. Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
5. Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
6. Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)
7. Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)
8. The Combahee River Collective Statement


1. “America’s Racial Contract Is Killing Us” by Adam Serwer | Atlantic (May 8, 2020)
2. Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement (Mentoring a New Generation of Activists
3. ”My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant” by Jose Antonio Vargas | NYT Mag (June 22, 2011)
4. The 1619 Project (all the articles) | The New York Times Magazine
5. “The Intersectionality Wars” by Jane Coaston | Vox (May 28, 2019)
6. Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups developed by Craig Elliott PhD
7. “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Knapsack Peggy McIntosh
8. “Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi | Atlantic (May 12, 2020)

Document compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020.

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