Racism Awareness & Anti Racism Awareness

Racism Awareness & Anti Racism Resources

This list is not exhaustive and will be periodically updated. While the majority of the list focuses on Black/African Americans it is not limited to them and as it is updated, there will be other resources relating to all racism.

Black/African Americans of all ages are more likely to be victims of serious violent crime than are non-Hispanic whites, making them more likely to meet the diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Read our Response to Social Injustice.

Book & Podcast List



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Tips for Kids

  • Help kids worry less,  use relaxation, deep breathing, guided imagery, and other mindfulness techniques (Go Noodle, Smiling Mind, Headspace apps & on Youtube)
  • Talk with with them 
  • Do more than Black History Month
  • Talk about more than Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and Harriet Tubman
  • Celebrate differences of cultures, foods, music, movies, dance, art, faiths
  • Bring in readers that look different than the majority and ask them to read books that describe characters that look different
  • Be N.I.C.E. program for students
  • Trainings/Workshops/Presentations for staff and parents
  • Mostly be intentional consistently vs a one and done (otherwise it just looks like you are pandering because of the state of unrest in our country)


Empower yourself to learn more about the Black Lives Matters Movement and America’s history with racism. Reading is an excellent way to gain perspective. Having a greater understanding of these injustices will prevent you from saying or doing something that could cause further trauma.

Stories For Younger Kids

Talking to kids about complex world issues can be tough, but these books can help young people learn in a gentle, thoughtful way.  Help explain race to kids with these children’s books.

  • A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret Holmes
  • Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi
  • The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
  • Daddy Why Am I Brown?: A healthy conversation about skin color and family by Bedford F. Palmer
  • First look for sameness by Kristen Bell
  • Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin and Lauren Tobia
  • I Am Enough by Grace Byers
  • Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester
  • Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey
  • Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey
  • The Skin I’m In: A First Look at Racism by Pat Thomas
  • Sesame Street’s We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbi Jane Kates
  • Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard
  • Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford and Ekua Holmes

Books For teens

  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Dear White People by Justin Simien
  • Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work by Tiffany Jewell and Aurelia Durand

Books for Youth

  • All About Families by Felicity Brooks
  • All About Friends by Felicity Brooks
  •  Bethany Sings Out by Holly Webb
  • Chocolate Milk, Por Favor: Celebrating Diversity with Empathy by Maria Dismondy
  • The Boy and the Wall by Amahl Bishara
  • The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Extraordinary Life of Katherine Johnson by Devika Jina
  • The Extraordinary Life of Rosa ParksDr. Sheila Kanani
  • Hair Love: A celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere by Matthew A. Cherry
  • Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin
  • I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer
  • Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi
  • Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • Little Leaders: Bold women in black history by Vashti Harrison
  • Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt
  • Malcolm Little: A boy who grew up to become Malcom X by Ilyshsa Shabazz
  • My Family Divided: One Girl’s Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope by Diane Guerrero and Erica Moroz
  • My Hair Is a Garden by Cozbi A. Cabrera
  • Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford
  • Not my Idea: A book about whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham 
  • Saturday by Oge Mora
  • Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh
  • Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford
  • Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story by Paula Yoo
  • Something happened in our town today by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins and Ann Hazzard
  • Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford
  • We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorel
  • We Don’t Look Alike (9781484174067): Gamble, Marcel C, Muller, Henry: Booksl
  • When I Was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
  • When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson and Julie Flett
  • The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren
  • Young Water Protectors: A Story About Standing Rock by Aslan Tudor and Kelly Tudor

Fiction by Black Authors

  • For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Passing by Nella Larsen
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  • The Mothers by Brit Bennett
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • Other books by Black authors


Mapping Police Violence

Slave Patrols to Modern Day Police

Adults Reads

  • Ain’t I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • American Prison by Shane Bauer
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt 
  • Black Americans by Alphonso Pinkney
  • The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America’s Law Enforcement by Matthew Horace and Ron Harris 
  • Black Wealth/White Wealth by Melvin Oliver and Thomas Shapiro
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Code of the Street by Elijah Anderson
  • The Ethnic Project: Transforming Racial Fiction into Ethnic Factions by Vilna Bashi Treitler
  • Finding My Voice by Valerie Jarrett
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight
  • From Slavery To Freedom: A History of African Americans by John Hope Franklin
  • The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer
  • The Hollywood Jim Crow: The Racial Politics of the Movie Industry by Maryann Erigha
  • Hood Feminism: Notes From The Women That The Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendal
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide by Crystal Fleming
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  • Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
  • The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Woodson
  • Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet Washington
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • The Nickel Boys: A Novel by Colson Whitehead
  • Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People by Ben Crump
  • Race and Racisms: A Critical Approach by Tanya Golash Boza
  • Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey 
  • Racism without Racists: Colorblind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
  • Racist America: Roots, Current Realities, and Future Reparations by Joe Feagin
  • In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History by Mitch Landrieu
  • Solitary by Albert Woodfox
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  • Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
  • They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, And A New Era In America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery
  • The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and William Barber II
  • This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell
  • Two Faced Racism: Whites in the Backstage and Frontstage by Leslie Picca and Joe Feagin
  • UNESCO General History of Africa, Vol. I by Joseph Ki-Zerbo and Vol. II by G. Mokhtar
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
  • White Rage; the Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes
  • The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
  • The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom