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Racial Justice Resources

This list of racial justice resources includes those that have been helpful to our work at the YWCA and is not considered a comprehensive list. We welcome your insight on additional resources to consider.  Please email communication@ywcasew.org.

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Suggested Reading / Viewing (by topic)

History of Race & Racism

Books
A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn
Assata: An Autobiography, Assata Shakur
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin

The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X, Alex Haley

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr, Clayborne Carson
The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing
The Negro Family In the United States, Edward F. Frazier
The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study, W.E.B. Du Bois
The Races of Europe, William Zebina Ripley
Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Film
12 Years a Slave – Period drama film based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, a free African American captured and sold into slavery
500 Nations – History of Native Americans from the 1600s to the late 19th century
A. Philip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom – PBS documentary on civil and labor rights activist A. Philip Randolph
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs – Documentary on Chinese American civil rights activist Grace Lee Boggs
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots – Documentary on the history of black soldiers in the United States
Freedom Riders – Documentary on the civil rights activists called Freedom Riders directed by Stanley Nelson
Malcolm X – Spike Lee directed biopic on civil rights activist Malcolm X
Reel Injun – Documentary by Cree director Neil Diamond on Native American history in Hollywood and the cowboy-and-Indian trope
Ruben Salazar: Man In the Middle – Documentary on Mexican American journalist Ruben Salazar
Selma – Historical drama film by Ava DuVernay on the civil rights struggles in Selma in 1965
Slavery by Another Name – Documentary on Reconstruction and the 60 years following the Civil War
Soundtrack for a Revolution – Documentary describing the story of the Civil Rights Movement through music
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution – Documentary on the history of the Black Panther Party
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 – Documentary describing the Black Power movement from the movement’s most famous activists
We Shall Remain – PBS documentary on the history of Native American struggle for land
Who Killed Vincent Chin? – Documentary on the murder of Chinese American Vincent Chin

Websites / Articles
Civil Rights Are Green An article highlighting the intersection of race and environmentalism and offering a brief timeline of their historical intersection
From Ferguson to Baltimore An article published in the Economic Policy Institute on the connection of historical segregation to modern-day race relations
Living Apart A publication by ProPublica highlighting how government policy undermined de-segregation attempts
Lynching in America Website documenting the history and impact of lynching in the United States
Refusing to Forget An online resource around preserving the history of anti-Mexican violence around the Texas-Mexico border
The True Story of The "Free State of Jones" An article detailing the history of a southern multiracial rebellion against the Confederacy by the Smithsonian magazine (written as a film on the topic was being developed)

Racial Disparities

Books
Black Wealth/White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality, Melvin Oliver and Thomas M. Shapiro
Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority, Tom Burrell
Challenges to Equality: Poverty and Race in America, Chester Hartman
Courageous Conversations About Race, Glenn E Singleton and Curtis W. Linton
Cultivating Interdependence: A Guide for Race Relations and Racial Justice Organizations, Maggie Potapchuk
Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men, Gregory C. Ellison II
For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too, Christopher Emdin
How to Teach Students Who Don’t Look Like You: Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies, Bonnie M. Davis
Inequality in Twentieth-Century America, Ira Katznelson
Lessons Learned: How Communities are Addressing Racial Inequities, Maggie Potapchuk

More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City, William Julius Wilson
Race, Class, and Gender in the United States: An integrated study, Paula S. Rothenberg
Race, Identity, and Representation in Education, Cameron McCarthy and Warren Crichlow
Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism. James W. Loewen
The State of Native America: Genocide, Colonization, and Resistance, M. Annette Jaimes
The Mis-Education of the Negro, Carter Godwin Woodson
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander
When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America, Ira Katznelson

Websites / Articles

Aspen Institute Resources on racism, structural racism, and race equity
Center for Social Inclusion Identifies causes of racial inequity growing out of public policy
Color of Change Campaign design
Equal Justice Initiative (or EJI) Confronts racial injustice, advocates for equality, and creates hope for marginalized communities
Kirwan Institute Interdisciplinary research institute working to create a just and inclusive society
Racial Equity Tools Tools and resources to help evaluate racial equity
Sentencing Project Publishes policy reports and educational materials on criminal justice issues
Urban Institute Video illustrating the racial wealth gap
World Trust Creating social impact through film, including Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity

 

Reports on Race / Racism

Challenging Race as Risk: Implicit Bias in Housing - Kirwan Institute
The Cost of Segregation - Urban Institute

Race, Place, and Jobs: Reducing Employment Inequality - PolicyLink 

Whiteness & White Privilege

Books
America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, Jim Wallis
A Promise and a Way of Life: White Antiracist Activism, Becky Thompson
Black and White Racial Identity: Theory, Research and Practice, Janet Helms
Becoming and Unbecoming White: Owning and Disowning a Racial Identity, Christine Clark and James ODonnell

Critical White Studies: Looking Behind the Mirror, Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic
Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, Tim Wise
Dismantling Racism: the Continuing Challenge to White America, Joseph Barndt
Displacing Whiteness, Ruth Frankenberg
Fire in the Heart: How White Activists Embrace Racial Justice, Mark Warren
Flipping the Script: White Privilege and Community Building, Maggie Potapchuk and Sally Leiderman
For Whites Only, Robert Terry
Is Everyone Really Equal? An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education, Ozlem Sensoy and Robin DiAngelo
Learning to Be White: Money, Race, and God in America, Thandeka
Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890–1940, Grace Elizabeth Hale
Off White: Readings On Race, Power and Society, Michelle Fine, Lois Weis, Linda Powell Pruitt, and April Burns
Portraits of White Racism, David Wellman
Silent Racism: How Well-Meaning White People Perpetuate the Racial Divide, Barbara Trepagnier
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, Michael Eric Dyson
The Committed: White Activists in the Civil Rights Movement, Alphonso Pinkney
The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism, and White Privilege, Robert Jensen
The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit From Identity Politics, George Lipsitz
The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class, David Roediger
We Can't Teach What We Don't Know: White Teachers Multiracial Schools, Gary Howard, James Banks, Sonia Nieto
What Does It Mean to be White? Developing White Racial Literacy, Robin DiAngelo
White Awareness: Handbook for Anti-Racism Training, Judith Katz
White By Law: The Legal Construction of Race, Ian Haney López
Whites Confront Racism: Antiracists and Their Paths to Action, Eileen O’Brien
White Lies: Race and the Myth of Whiteness, Maurice Berger
White Like Me: Reflections On Race From a Privileged Son, Tim Wise
White Privilege: Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism, Paula Rothenberg
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, Peggy McIntosh
White Racism: The Basics, Joe Feagin, Hernán Vera and Pinar Batur
White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness, Ruth Frankenberg
Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race, Matthew Frye Jacobson
Witnessing Whiteness: First Steps Toward an Antiracist Practice and Culture, Shelly Tochluk

Websites

Center for Study of White American Culture, Inc. Educators focused on building a society free of white supremacy
Robin DiAngelo Consultant, trainer, writer, speaker Robin DiAngelo's site devoted to critical racial and social justice education

World Trust Creating social impact through film, including Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible

Miscellaneous Racism Resources

Books

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
Killing rage: Ending Racism, Bell Hooks
Gather at the Table, Thomas DeWolf and Sharon Morgan
Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond, Marc Lamont HillOvercoming Our Racism: The Journey to Liberation, Derald Wing Sue
Race Matters, Cornel West
Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, Maurianne Adams, Warren Blumenfeld, Carmelita Castaneda, et al.
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome - America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, Dr. Joy DeGruy
The End of Racism, Dinesh D'souza
The Covenant with Black America, various contributors, introduction by Tavis Smiley
The First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism, Debra Van Ausdale and Joe Feagin
Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice, Paul Kivel
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, Beverly Daniel Tatum


Websites

Embrace Race Raising kids in a world where race matters
Center for Intercultural Organizing Resources and campaigns related to immigrant rights
National Underground Freedom Railroad Center Stories about freedom's heroes
PBS
Online companion to California Newsreel's documentary RACE - The Power of an Illusion
Race Forward Uses journalism and mass media to push a real discussion of racial justice
Teaching for Change Building social justice in the classroom
StirFry Seminars & Consulting
Creators of The Color of Fear and the Last Chance for Eden videos

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Training, Workshops, and Conferences
Aspen Institute Resources on racism, structural racism, and race equity
Beyond Diversity Resource Center Teaches people to internalize the ethics and practices of true respect for cultural differences
Coming To The Table Leadership and resources taking America beyond the legacy of enslavement
Dismantling Racism Works Helps leaders and organizations develop and strengthen race equity analysis
Everyday Democracy Helps communities talk and work together to create communities that work for everyone
Everytown Wisconsin Youth anti-bias, anti-discrimination leadership summer camp through the YWCA
Midwest Academy National training institute offering courses and consulting services to build citizen power
MP Associates - Maggie Potapchuk Builds capacity for individuals and organizations to address racism
People's Institute for Survival and Beyond A collective dedicated to building an effective movement for social transformation
Southern Poverty Law Center and Teaching Tolerance Hate group tracking and teaching tolerance resources for educators
Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) Addressing the needs of trauma-impacted communities
Training for Change Works to increase capacity for activist training
Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action The YWCA's workshop preparing adults to identify and address racism
White Privilege Conference An annual conference featuring experts who speak on all aspects of privilege

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Local Resources
America's Black Holocaust Museum A virtual museum dedicated to educating the public about the ongoing injustices
American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin the state affiliate of the national nonprofit committed to defending individual rights
Coalition for Justice Community justice advocacy group
Common Ground A group of nonpartisan citizens developing creative solutions to social problems
Diverse & Resilient Acceptance Journeys Campaign social marketing campaign to end discrimination against LGBT people
Educator's Network for Social Justice An organization of educators who strive for educational justice
Everytown Wisconsin Youth anti-bias, anti-discrimination leadership summer camp through the YWCA
Milwaukee County Community Justice Council a team of justice system professionals working toward a fair justice system
Milwaukee Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families An initiative dedicated to closing the black-white gap in birth outcomes
Milwaukee Succeeds Community-wide collaboration to improve education outcomes in Milwaukee
Milwaukee Urban League Provides skill development and support to help African Americans achieve their full potential
NAACP and NAACP Milwaukee The nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization
Neighborhood Leadership Institute (Cardinal Stritch) works to improve Milwaukee neighborhoods
Pearls for Teen Girls Leadership development program serving girls middle school through high school, and beyond
Rid Racism Milwaukee Committed to the belief that we must join together and become a force that combats racial inequities and racism
Rethinking Schools Publishes educational materials with an emphasis on urban schools and race issues
Schools and Communities United See in particular their "Fulfill the Promise" report
Showing up for Racial Justice A national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. 
True Skool uses urban arts to egage youth in social justice
Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action The YWCA's workshop preparing adults to identify and address racism 
UBLAC Uplifting Black Liberation and Community
Urban Underground Programs that encourage youth-led social change
UWM Center for Economic Development University-based research to improve the quality of life in our region
Voces De La Frontera Wisconsin's leading immigrant rights group

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Racial Justice Summit Resources (December 2013)
Community members convened for a day-long exploration of Milwaukee's racial justice history and strategies for the future. Some of the presentations and handouts from the summit can be found below:

When Milwaukee Made Civil Rights History (Professor Emerita Margaret Rozga)
Race and Inequality in Milwaukee, 2013: A Region at the Crossroads (Professor Marc Levine, UWM)
38 Ways To Be A Racial Justice Advocate (YWCA Southeast Wisconsin)