Additional Recommended Books, Films, Articles, & other resources

Recommended Books

Recommended Films

  • Fences, starring and directed by Denzel Washington, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play by August Wilson.
  • The 13th, Ava DuVernay’s powerful documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads outlaws slavery, except as punishment for a crime. An unflinching look at racism and mass criminalization. Streaming on Netflix.
  • Fruitvale Station: The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who was killed in Oakland, California by BART Police on New Year’s Eve 2008.
  • The Birth of a Nation follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker) who orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.
  • 12 Years a Slave; the true story of Solomon Northup, a free man who was kidnapped into slavery.
  • Slavery and the Making of America; 4-part PBS series looks at slavery as an integral part of a developing nation, challenging the long held notion that slavery was exclusively a Southern enterprise.
  • The Ghost in Your Genes; the BBC documentary on Epigenetics, the newly emerging field of science that studies how past events (including trauma) trigger our genes in ways that are passed down through generations.


Groups Committed to Undoing Racism

  • Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). A national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice.
  • The Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery. The non-profit founded to carry on the work of the film Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, which grapples with legacy of slavery that continues to impact black and white Americans today.
  • Everyday Democracy. Everyday Democracy helps communities develop their own ability to solve problems by exploring ways for all kinds of people to think, talk, and work together to create change. Racism is a key focus in their work because of its roots in our country’s history and culture.
  • White Privilege Conference. This annual conference provides a forum to explore difficult issues such as diversity, multicultural education and leadership, social justice, race and racism, sexual orientation, gender relations, religion and other systems of privilege and oppression.
  • Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training. The mission of Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training is to dismantle systemic racism and build anti-racist multicultural diversity within institutions and communities. Crossroads offers intensive 2½ day training sessions.
  • The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. The People’s Institute, headquartered in New Orleans, is a national and international collective of anti-racist, multicultural community organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social transformation.
  • Facing History and Ourselves. Since 1976, Facing History has been engaging students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By studying the historical development and lessons of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide, students make the essential connection between history and the choices they confront in their own lives.
  • The National Conference for Community and Justice. The NCCJ, founded in 1927, is a human relations organization dedicated to promoting understanding and respect among all races, religions, and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution, and education.
  • Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists, and the tracking of hate groups.