Several people have written to us, asking what they can do to help bring about change and support our Black neighbors.
One of the most important actions non-Black folks can take is to educate themselves on systemic racism and privilege. Below, we’ve compiled a list of books, podcasts, movies, documentaries, and journal prompts to facilitate anti-racist education and discussion. We’ve also included a list of organizations that support people of color, many of which are Akron based, but a few of which are statewide. If you’re able to do so, donating resources can make a difference.
Talk to your parents about this. Talk to your children. Talk to your friends.
Listen to Black voices. Support Black-owned businesses. If you’re in a position of privilege, use it for justice. Black lives matter.
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
- Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
- Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
- The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
- Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones
- Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds
- Of Color by Jaswinder Bolina
- Citizen: an American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
- Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
- Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong
- I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood: Tiana Clark
- Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith
- Hum by Jamaal May
- Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
- The Book of Delights by Ross Gay
- Magical Negro by Morgan Parker
- The Tradition by Jericho Brown
- World’d Too Much by Russell Atkins
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- 1619 project by The New York Times
- Trailblazer by Dorothy Butler Gilliam (first Black woman reporter for the Washington Post)
- The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
- Gathering of Waters by Bernice McFadden
- Black Boy by Richard Wright
- Baldwin: Collected Essays by James Baldwin
For Kids to Read
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone
- Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson
- Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome
- Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama
- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
- Monster by Walter Dean Myers
- 13th (Netflix)
- Dear White People (Netflix)
- See You Yesterday (Netflix)
- When They See Us (Netflix)
- She’s Gotta Have It (Netflix)
- If Beale St. Could Talk (Hulu)
- Just Mercy (Amazon Prime)
- King in the Wilderness (HBO)
- Euphoria (HBO)
- The Hate You Give (Cinemax)
- Atlanta (FX)
- Pose (FX)
- I Am Not Your Negro
- Angela Davis on Violence and Revolution
- “How Does Change Happen?” Angela Davis for The University of California Television
- “Fannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up” Mississippi Public Broadcasting
- “Coming to Terms With Racism’s Inertia: Ancestral Accountability” TEDx Talk by Rachel Cargle
- Code Switch (NPR podcast)
- Ear Hustle (podcast produced in San Quentin State Prison)
- Truth Be Told
- 1619 (New York Times)
- About Race
- Intersectionality Matters! Hosted by Kimberle Crenshaw
- Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
- Pod For The Cause (Leadership Conf on Civil & Human Rights)
- Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)
- Seeing White
- Fare of the Free Child Podcast
To Ask Yourself (adapted from the Chicago Bucket List)
- How can I support people of color in my community?
- Growing up, what was I taught about race and culture? How have my thoughts and feelings changed or grown?
- What are my local politicians’ policy on ending police brutality?
- How do I plan on helping the fight to end systematic oppression and racism?
- How can I engage in conversations with others to bring about progress and encourage anti-racism?
- How can I be anti-racist rather than merely “not racist”?
- What do I still need to learn more about?