Recent protests throughout the country have left me feeling the need to educate myself more about issues surrounding racial justice, and how I can make a difference.
Here are some resources I’m finding useful – maybe you will too.
Websites to Learn About Racial Justice:
- Seventy Five Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice: List of actions, big and small, you can take to make a difference.
- How You Can be an Ally in the Fight for Racial Justice
- Showing Up for Racial Justice: Join a local chapter or follow them on social media.
- Antiracist Reading List by Ibram X. Kendi: “No one becomes ‘not racist,’ despite a tendency by Americans to identify themselves that way. We can only strive to be ‘antiracist’ on a daily basis, to continually rededicate ourselves to the lifelong task of overcoming our country’s racist heritage.”
- A Reading Guide for Fighting Racism: “Great resource for understanding why people are protesting right now.”
- Code Switch by NPR: Honest Conversations about race hosted by journalists of color.
- 1619 by NYT: Pulitzer Prize winning limited series detailing the history of slavery and the repercussions it had, and still has, on American democracy.
To Understand the Importance of Diversity in Books:
- The Danger of a Single Story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books: Tips for analyzing children’s books for racism and sexism
Are Your Children Too Young to Talk About Race?
- Infographic Illustrating what Children Understand About Race at Different Ages.
- Resources for Talking to Young Children About Race
Book Lists for Children of All Ages:
- Affirming Black Boys Outside the Context of Police Brutality
- Picture Books for Social Justice
- Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism and Resistance
- Books for Children about Police Violence
- 15 Books that Help Kids Understand Black Lives Matter
- Books for Young Activists
— Pat H., Library Manager, Yardley-Makefield Branch