The following is a list of resources, including news articles, books, short videos, documentary and feature films, television series, podcasts and more, which explore race relations, bias, racism and current events. It is meant as a tool to explore these topics and to foster greater understanding of shared history and how it shapes our world today.
- 'Now The World Gets To See The Difference': BLM Protesters On The Capitol Attack, by Leila Fadel, NPR ( Jan. 9, 2021)
- America in 2021: Racial Progress in the South, a White Mob in the Capitol, by Astead W. Herndon, The New York Times (Jan. 8, 2021)
- Racial Double Standard of Capitol Police Draws Outcry, by John Eligon, The New York Times (Jan 7, 2021)
- Maga v BLM: how police handled the Capitol mob and George Floyd activists – in pictures, by Julian Borger, The Guardian (Jan. 7, 2021)
- 2020: The year America confronted racism, by Nicole Chavez, CNN (December 2020)
- The 1619 Project is 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 through a series of articles.
- The Case for Reparations, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic (June 2014)
- 21 Racial Microaggressions You Hear On A Daily Basis by Heben Nigatu, BuzzFeed (Aug. 2020)
- How White People Got Made, by Quinn Norton, The Message (Oct. 17, 2014)
- Making people aware of their implicit biases doesn’t usually change minds. But here’s what does work, By Betsy Mason, Knowable Magazine, PBS News Hour (June 10, 2020)
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2020), by Michelle Alexander
- Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America (2020), by Michael Eric Dyson
- Lakewood: A Novel (2020), by Megan Giddings
- Parenting for Liberation: A Guide for Raising Black Children (2020), by Trina Greene Brown
- The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person (2020), by Frederick Joseph
- Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities (2020), by Andre M. Perry
- Me and White Supremacy (2020), by Layla Saad
- Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow (2019), by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
- Building Bridges Across the Racial Divide (2019) by Larry and Sandy Feldman
- How to be an Antiracist (2019), by Ibram X. Kendi
- So You Want to Talk About Race (2019), by Ijeoma Oluo
- The Racial Healing Handbook (2019), by Anneliese A. Singh
- Detroit’s Birwood Wall: Hatred and Healing in the West Eight Mile Community (2019), by Gerald Van Dusen
- I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness (2018), by Austin Channing Brown
- We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy (2018), by Ta’Nahisi Coates
- White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (2018) by Robin DiAngelo
- What Truth Sounds Like (2018), by Michael Eric Dyson
- Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side (2018), by Eve L. Ewing
- Small Great Things (2018), by Jodi Picoult
- The End of Policing (2018), by Alex S. Vitale
- How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide (2018), by Crystal Fleming
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (2017), by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (2017), by Ibram X. Kendi
- The Hate U Give (2017), by Angie Thomas
- Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America (2017), by Michael Eric Dyson
- When Race Breaks Out: Conversations About Race and Racism in College Classrooms (2017), Third Edition by Helen Fox
- The Dawn of Detroit (2017), by Tiya Miles
- Racism Without Racists (2017), by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
- White Rage; the Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide (2016) by Carol Anderson
- Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence (2016), by Derald Wing Sue
- Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories (2015), edited by Eddie Moore, Marguerite W. Penick-Parks, and Ali Michael
- Between the World and Me (2015), by Ta’Nahisi Coates
- The Turner House (2015), by Angela Flournoy
- Understanding Jim Crow: Using Racist Memorabilia to Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice (2015), by David Pilgrim
- The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (2014) by Edward Baptist
- Black Looks: Race and Representation (2014), by Bell Hooks
- Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race (2014), by Debby Irving
- Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year (2014), by Tavis Smiley, with David Ritz
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (2014), by Bryan Stephenson
- Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice (2011), by Raymond Arsenault
- The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century (2011), by Grace Lee Boggs
- The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates (2011), by Wes Moore
- White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son (2011), by Tim Wise
- The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (2011), by Isabel Wilkerson
- Benign Bigotry (2010), by Kristin J. Anderson
- What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America (2010) Peggy Pascoe
- Letter to My Daughter (2009), by Maya Angelou
- Can We Talk about Race?: And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation (2008) by Beverly Daniel Tatum
- The Bluest Eye (2007), by Toni Morrison
- Sister Outsider (2007), by Audre Lorde
- Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing (2005), by Dr. Joy DeGruy
- Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism (2005), by James W. Loewen
- Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age (2004), by Kevin Boyle
- Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race (2003), by Beverly Daniel Tatum
- The First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism (2001), by Debra Van Ausdale and Joe R Feagin
- The Other Side of the River: A Story of Two Towns, a Death, and America's Dilemma (1999), by Alex Kotlowitz
- Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race (1999), by Matthew Frye Jacobson
- The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1998), edited by Clayborne Carson
- From Selma to Sorrow (1998), by Mary Stanton
- Racial Healing: Confronting the Fear Between Blacks & Whites (1996), by Harlon L Dalton
- Killing Rage: Ending Racism (1996), by Bell Hooks
- Invisible Man (1995), by Ralph Ellison
- Race Matters (1993), by Cornel West
- Black Americans (1992), by Alphonso Pinkney
- The Fire Next Time (1992), by James Baldwin
- Beloved (1987), by Toni Morrison
- Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells (1970)
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1964), as told to Alex Haley
- Discourse on Colonialism (1955), by Aimé Césaire
BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
- Clean Getaway (2021), by Nic Stone
- From the Desk of Zoe Washington (2021), by Janae Marks
- The Undefeated (2020), by Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson
- Just Like Me (2020), by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
- Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice (2020), by Mahogany L. Browne
- I Believe I Can (2020), by Grace Byers
- Felix Ever After (2020), by Kacen Callender
- The Only Black Girls in Town (2020), by Brandy Colbert
- Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration (2020), by Samara Cole Doyon
- Bedtime for Sweet Creatures (2020), by Nikki Grimes
- Are Your Stars Like My Stars? (2020), by Leslie Helakoski and Heidi Woodward Sheffield
- Let Me Hear a Rhyme (2020), by Tiffany D. Jackson
- Black is a Rainbow Color (2020), by Angela Joy
- Antiracist Baby (2020), by Ibram X. Kendi
- What Lane? (2020), by Torrey Maldonado
- A Good Kind of Trouble (2020), by Lisa Moore Ramée
- Slay (2020), by Brittney Morris
- A Girl Like You (2020), by Frank Murphy
- Black Brother, Black Brother (2020), by Jewell Parker Rhodes
- The Field Guide to the North American Teenager (2020), by Ben Philippe
- Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (2020), by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
- Papa, Daddy, and Riley (2020), by Seamus Kirst
- Your Name Is a Song (2020), by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
- I Am One: A Book of Action (2020), by Susan Verde
- Genesis Begins Again (2020), by Alicia D. Williams
- My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich (2020), by Ibi Zoboi
- The King of Kindergarten (2019), by Derrick Barnes
- Hair Love (2019), by Matthew A. Cherry
- Just Read (2019), by Lori Degman
- Honeysmoke: A Story of Finding Your Color (2019), by Monique Fields
- We Rise We Resist, We Raise Our Voices (2019), by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson
- A Boy Like You (2019), by Frank Murphy
- Say Something! (2019), by Peter H. Reynolds
- M is for Melanin: A Celebration of the Black Child (2019), by Tiffany Rose
- What If?: What makes you different makes you amazing! (2019), by Sandra Magsamen
- Finding Kindness (2019), by Deborah Underwood
- I Am Love: A Book of Compassion (2019), by Susan Verde
- Welcome to Our World (2018), by Moira Butterfield
- I Am Enough (2018), by Grace Byers
- Mixed: A Colorful Story (2018), by Arree Chung
- Let the Children March (2018), by Monica Clark-Robinson
- Hats of Faith (2018), by Medeia Cohan
- What Can a Citizen Do? (2018), by Dave Eggers
- If You’re Going to March (2018), by Martha Freeman
- I Walk with Vanessa (2018), by Kerascoët
- We’ve Got the Whole World in our Hands (2018), by Rafael Lopez
- Happy in Our Skin (2018), by Fran Manushkin
- Everywhere Babies (2018), by Susan Meyers
- Be Kind (2018), by Pat Zietlow Miller
- All Are Welcome (2018), by Alexandra Penfold
- Racism and Intolerance (2018), by Louise Spilsbury
- Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights (2018), by Rob Sanders
- I Am Human: A Book of Empathy (2018), by Susan Verde
- The Day You Begin (2018), by Jacqueline Woodson
- Lovely (2017), by Jess Hong
- Skin Again (2017), by Bell Hooks
- Happy to be Nappy (2017), by Bell Hooks and Chris Raschka
- Most People (2017), by Michael Leannah
- What’s the Difference? (2017), by Doyin Richards
- Can You Say Peace (2016), by Karen Katz
- Skin Like Mine (2016), LaTashia M. Perry
- We Came to America (2016), by Faith Ringgold
- Amazing Faces (2015), by Lee Bennett Hopkins
- Last Stop of Market Street (2015), by Matt de la Peña
- Peace is an Offering (2015), by Annette LeBox
- Counting on Community (2015), by Innosanto Nagara
- One Love (2014), by Cedella Marley
- A is for Activist (2013), by Innosanto Nagara
- Each Kindness (2012), by Jacqueline Woodson
- The Story of Ruby Bridges (2010), by Robert Coles and George Ford
- Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters (2010), by Barack Obama
- God’s Dream (2010), by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
- Shades of People (2010), by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly
- The Peace Book (2009), by Todd Parr
- Let’s Talk About Race (2008), by Julius Lester
- My America (2007), by Jan Spivey Gilchrist
- Accept and Value Each Person (2006), by Cheri J. Meiners
- The Skin You Live In (2005), by Michael Tyler
- Freedom Summer (2005), by Deborah Wiles and Jerome Lagarrigue
- The Skin You Live In (2005), by Michael Tyler and David Lee Csicsko
- I Am America (2003), by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
- The Other Side (2001), by Jacqueline Woodson and E.B. Lewis
- We’re Different, We’re the Same (1992), by Bobbi Kates
- Amazing Grace (1991), by Mary Hoffman
- Teaching While White Podcast, hosted by longtime educators Jenna Chandler-Ward and Elizabeth Denevi, seeks to move the conversation forward on how to be consciously, intentionally, anti-racist in the classroom.
- Time To Act: A Podcast About Diversity And Inclusion, hosted by Y-Vonne Hutchinson, features CEOs and C-suite leaders from multinational brands and regional businesses who reveal why diversity and inclusion are defining factors in a company’s growth and success.
- Scene On Radio – Seeing White, hosted by John Biewen talks with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika in this fourteen-part podcast series.
- NPR’s Code Switch, hosted by journalists of color, this podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. They explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between.
- The Disturbing History of the Suburbs, an Adam Ruins Everything episode that quickly and humorously explains how redlining came to be (6 minutes)
- How Do You Handle a Racist Joke?, MTV Decoded (4 minutes)
- Letter From Birmingham Jail read by Pastor Albert Adams
- The Danger of a Single Story, by Chimamanda Adichie
- A Prosecutor’s Vision for a Better Justice System, by Adam Foss
- How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time, by Baratunde Thurston
- We Need to Talk about Injustice, by Bryan Stevenson
- How We’re Priming Some Kids for College – and Other for Prison, by Alice Goffman
- "Jim Crow of the North" (2019), YouTube
Roots of racial disparities are seen through a new lens in this film that explores the origins of housing segregation in the Minneapolis area. But the story also illustrates how African-American families and leaders resisted this insidious practice, and how Black people built community — within and despite — the red lines that these restrictive covenants created
- “King In The Wilderness” (2018), Hulu
Chronicles the final 18 months of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. The documentary covers his part in the Voting Rights Act of 1965, his relationship with key political figures of the time, and his assassination in 1968. Winner of the Emmy for Outstanding Historical Documentary.
- “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” (2017), Netflix
Marsha P. Johnson was a black trans woman described as the “Rosa Parks of the LGBT movement.” This doc focuses on her life before and after the Stonewall riots in 1969 and investigates her death. Johnson died in New York City, reportedly by committing suicide. Many believe that Johnson was murdered, possibly by the police.
- “13th” (2016), Netflix, YouTube
Director Ava DuVernay uses the words of scholars and changemakers to explore how racial inequality fuels the country’s mass incarceration levels. It was nominated for an Oscar and won best documentary from the African-American Film Critics Association Awards.
- “I Am Not Your Negro” (2016), Amazon Prime Video, Netflix
Through the lens of James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript “Remember This House,” Samuel L. Jackson narrates this telling of the civil rights movement while reflecting on the current state of race relations. Baldwin’s words reflect his relationships with Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers, as well as their stories. It was nominated for the Best Documentary Feature Academy Award.
- “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice” (2016), Tubi
In 1936, 18 African American athletes, dubbed the "black auxiliary" by Hitler, participated in the Berlin Olympic Games, defying Nazi Aryan Supremacy and Jim Crow Racism, history forgot all except one. This is the story of the other 17.
- “More than a Month” (2011), PBS, Amazon Prime Video
In this 2012 documentary, African American filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman sets off on a journey across America asking the question “Should Black History Month be ended?”
- “Freedom Riders” (2011), PBS
Based on Raymond Arsenault's book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice, this two-hour documentary tells the story of the summer of 1961 when more than 400 Black and white Americans risked their lives traveling together in the segregated South to protest segregation.
- “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975” (2011), Amazon Prime Video
Archival footage shot by Swedish filmmakers decades ago was found and revived for this film, which examines the anti-war and Black Power movements. Modern black activists and scholars provide commentary on the cultural and societal waves that helped bring change forward.
- "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" (2020), Netflix
Based on August Wilson's play, Viola Davis stars as the blues legend in this fictionalized story that takes place in a Chicago recording studio in 1927.
- “Just Mercy” (2019), YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max
Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx depict the real-life story of lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan), who appealed the 1988 murder conviction of Walter McMillian (Foxx), an innocent black man.
- “The Best of Enemies” (2019), Showtime, Amazon Prime Video
Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.
- “Queen & Slim” (2019), HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video,
A couple's first date takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over.
- “The Hate U Give” (2018), Amazon Prime Video
Based on the bestselling YA novel by Angie Thomas, this movie follows Starr's journey into activism after she witnesses her best friend Khalil's death at the hands of police.
- "If Beale Street Could Talk" (2018), Hulu
Based on a novel by James Baldwin, this 1970s love story centers on sweethearts Tish and Fonny from Harlem who get ripped apart when Fonny gets wrongly accused of a crime.
- “Green Book” (2018), Hulu
Set in 1962, the film is inspired by the true story of a tour of the DeepSouth by African-American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley and Italian-American bouncer Frank Vallelonga who served as Shirley's driver and bodyguard.
- “Get Out” (2017), Amazon Prime Video, You Tube
In Jordan Peele’s comedy-meets-horror film, interracial couple Chris and Rose go to visit Rose's parents for the weekend, and at first, they seem overly hospitable. But a much more sinister reality soon reveals itself.
- “Mudbound” (2017), Netflix
Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.
- “Moonlight” (2016), Netflix
In this acclaimed coming-of-age drama, a young man who grows up poor, black and gay in a rough Miami neighborhood tries to find his place in the world. Winner of three Oscars, including Best Picture.
- “Hidden Figures” (2016), Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Disney+
The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.
- “Loving” (2016), Amazon Prime Video
Based on the landmark Supreme Court case, an interracial couple fights the law that they cannot be recognized as married in the state of Virginia.
- “Selma” (2014), Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, iTunes
This film depicts Dr. King’s march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, which helped propel the Civil Rights Act of 1965 into law. It was nominated for Best Picture for the Academy Awards and received four trophies from the African-American Film Critics Association, which also dubbed it a Top 10 film of 2014.
- “Dear White People” (2014), Amazon Prime Video, Tubi, YouTube
This comedy drama uses satire as it follows the stories of four black students at a prestigious university, where a riot breaks out over a popular African-American-themed party thrown by a white fraternity.
- “12 Years a Slave” (2013), Amazon Prime Video
The true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York who gets abducted and sold into slavery. After a 12-year odyssey, he meets a Canadian abolitionist who will change his life forever.
- “Fruitvale Station” (2013), Amazon Prime Video
Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan tell the true story of Oscar Grant, killed by police on the BART subway system.
- “The Help” (2011), Netflix
A young, white writer stirs up the status quo in 1960s Mississippi by interviewing black housemaids and bringing their stories to the masses.
- “Remember the Titans” (2000), Amazon Prime Video, Disney+
The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.
- “Do The Right Thing” (1989), Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, iTunes, Showtime
The comedy-drama from director Spike Lee focuses on a single day in the lives of a racially diverse neighborhood in Brooklyn on one of the hottest days of the summer. It received Oscar nominations for screenplay and supporting actor.
- “In The Heat of the Night” (1967), Amazon Prime Video, YouTube
A black police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.
- “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” (1967), Amazon Prime Video, YouTube
A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African-American fiancé.
“Watchmen” (2019), HBO Max
Set in an alternate history, this series based on the DC Comics focuses on events surrounding racist violence in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2019
“When They See Us” (2019), Netflix
Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on a true story.
“Queen Sugar” (2016-present) Hulu
This drama follows the life of three siblings, who move to Louisiana to claim an inheritance from their recently departed father ¬– an 800-acre sugarcane farm.
“The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” (2013), PBS
This Emmy Award-winning documentary series premiered in 2013 and looks at more than just black history, it explores black identity and what it means to be an African American in the U.S. today.
“Eyes on the Prize” (1987), Amazon Prime Video
This award-winning, 14-hour documentary series covers all of the major events of the Civil Rights Movement from 1954-1985, including the Montgomery bus boycott in 1954, the Voting Rights Act in 1965, the birth of the Black Power Movement, and the courageous acts of the crusaders that contributed along the way.
“The Jeffersons” (1975-1985), Starz, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes
An African-American family move into a luxury apartment building in Manhattan and develop close, if occasionally fractious, relationships with other tenants.
“All in the Family” (1971-1979), iTunes
A working-class man constantly squabbles with his family over the important issues of the day.
TELEVISION SERIES FOR CHILDREN
- “Sesame Street” (1969-present), PBS Kids, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video
On a special inner-city street, the inhabitants, human and muppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games, and songs.
- “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” (2012-present), PBS KIds, Amazon Prime Video
The adventures of the children of the characters of Fred Rogers' Neighborhood of Make-Believe.
- “Dora the Explorer” (2000-2019), YouTube, Vudu
Along with her friend Monkey Boots, Dora goes on adventures.
- “Doc McStuffins” (2012-present), Amazon Prime Video, Disney Now, Disney+
In this imaginative animated series, a young girl who aspires to be a doctor like her mom communicates with and heals broken toys and stuffed animals.
- Exit Strategy (2018), by Ike Holter
- Hamilton (2015), by Lin-Manuel Miranda
- Clybourne Park (2010), by Bruce Norris
- In the Heights (2005), by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes
- The Color Purple (2004), by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray
- Caroline, or Change (2003), by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Tony Kushner
- The Piano Lesson (1990), by August Wilson
- Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1988), by August Wilson
- Fences (1987), by August Wilson
- Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (1984), by August Wilson
- A Raisin in the Sun (1959), by Lorraine Hansberry
- Race Relations Council of Southwest Michigan
- All God’s Children Community Choir
- Calling All Colors of Southwest Michigan
- Community Grand Rounds: Healing the Trauma of Racism
- Brave Talks
- Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor
- African American History & Literature Gallery
- I Am The Greatest Project
- Underground Railroad Society of Cass County
- Center for Better Health
- United Way of Southwest Michigan 21-Day Equity Challenge