Race, Racism and Equity Resources

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


“Challenge yourself into empathy. Don’t allow your own emotional reactions to negate the stories of those who are marginalized in society. Try to acknowledge your inherited biases openly so that you can listen in a non-defensive way.” 

Dr. Julia Bryan (Penn State University)



  1. Check in with friends, family members, people of color
  2. Validate the way a person is feeling. Look for shared meanings, Be an Ally.
  3. Speak up when you see injustice happening- people of color being discriminated against
  4. Challenge and acknowledge your own stereotypes and biases- Assessments
  5. Don’t feel because you are not of the same race that you cannot support a person of a different race than yours
  6. Find spaces to have conversations with friends or family
  7. Educate yourself -Videos, Articles, Books
  8. Stop making implicitly racist jokes or jokes about Black people, people of color
  9. Protest peacefully that “Black Lives Matter”
  10. Confronting your feelings, confront your silence. Do it scared!
  11. Confronting the pain of your Black students, students of color. Listen to them and empower them
  12. Confronting racism in the classroom, bring about change through courage and going against the status quo
  13. Empower students, families, educators- help them talk about race and racism
  14. Sign petitions, make donations, have a community town hall around racism
  15. Recognize and understand your power and privilege. Use it to change systemic and institutionalized racism
  16. Be open to new insights, ideas and opportunities
  17. Build relationships and trust



Harvard’s Project Implicit Association Test

Race and Justice Quiz | ACLU of Washington

Commitment to Combat Racism



Systemic Racism Explained

Kids speak their minds about race

A Look at Race Relations through a Child's Eyes

Talking to Children About Racism

W. Kamau Bell On Being Black In America

Hard conversations about racial incidents

Bias Isn't Just A Police Problem, It's A Preschool Problem | Let's Talk | NPR

Anti-bias lessons help preschoolers hold up a mirror to diversity

What is Stereotype Threat

PODCAST: 20 MIN LESSON - Talking Race With Young Children

Elizabeth Denevi on Race & Equity in Schools


Video Resources for Becoming an Ally

Ted Talk: How to overcome bias? Walk boldly toward them

Let’s Talk About Race: Shelly Tochluk TEDx Talks

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

Systemic Racism Explained

Understanding My Privilege: Sue Borrego TEDx Talks

50 Year of Racism -- Why Silence Isn’t The Answer: James A. White Sr. TEDx Talks

Seeing White Fragility

How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion: Peggy McIntosh TEDx Talks

White People, Enough: A Look at Power and Control: Jaelyn Coates TEDx Talks

Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo

The power of privilege: Tiffany Jana TEDx Talks

I Spy Something White: Stephanie Afful TEDx Talks

Discuss Microaggressions

Bad White People: Travis Jones TEDx Talks

A Class Divided |PBS (Jane Elliot’s Blue Eyes Brown Eyes Experiment)

How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them: Verna Myers TEDx Talks



Just Mercy  (It is free, just click the ‘buy or rent’ tab)

13th (free on Youtube)

I Am Not Your Negro – Official Trailer

Selma ($2.99 on Youtube)

Dear White People - Official Trailer (watch on Netflix)



Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup

PARENT'S GUIDE to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice

Resources for Talking About Race, Racism, and Racialized Violence with Kids - Center for Racial Justice in Education

Black Teen shares the rules his Mom makes him follow when leaving the house

Here's How W. Kamau Bell Talks About Race With His Kids

The Children’s Community School in Philadelphia

Anti-Racism for Kids 101: Starting to Talk About Race

The 8 R’s of Talking About Race: How to Have Meaningful Conversations

Dismantling Racism

100 Race-Conscious things you can say to your child to advance racial justice

Article on Raising Race-Conscious Children

Resources for talking about race, racism and racialized violence with kids

 Creating an Anti-Racist Classroom-Reflections to level the playing field

5-Minute Film Festival: Talking About Race and Stereotypes

Teaching Young Children About Bias, Diversity, and Social Justice

Teaching, and Learning, Racial Sensitivity (Jerald Walker, The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Strategies for Reducing Racial and Ethnic Prejudice: Essential Principles for Program Design (Willis Hawley, Teaching Tolerance)

Increasing Equity for All Students

A Look at Implicit Bias and Microaggressions

Let’s talk! | discussing race, racism and other difficult topics with students

Talking to Children About Racism


So What Do White 4th Graders Have to Say About Race?

“We Gotta Change First”: Racial Literacy in a High School English Classroom

Why We Need Racial Literacy Now More Than Ever — Teaching While White


Article Resources for Becoming an Ally

Unpacking White Privilege: The Invisible Knapsack

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?

What is White Privilege, Really?

Why You Need to Stop Saying “All Lives Matter”

Do More Than Acknowledge Your White Guilt

Robin DiAngelo: How ‘white fragility’ supports racism and how whites can stop it

For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies

I Am A White Woman And I Must Confront My Racism

9 Phrases Allies Can Say When Called Out Instead of Getting Defensive

Dear White People, Stop Making Racism All About You

The Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was Dying

Where do I donate? Why is the uprising violent? Should I go protest?

Ten Myths White People Believe About Racism

Dear fellow white people: Here’s what to do when you’re called racist

Towards a Concept of White Wounding

It’s time to stop talking about racism with white people



Guide for Selecting Anti Bias Children’s Books

37 Children’s Books to help talk about Racism & Discrimination

30 Books to help you talk to your kids about racism

Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America

Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup

An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz

Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper

Faces at the Bottom of the Well by Derrick Bell

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock 

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness 

by Michelle Alexander

The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century 

by Grace Lee Boggs

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga

When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson

Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi (Free audio book on Spotify)

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Little Leaders: Exceptional Men in Black History

Brown Girl Dreaming

Portraits of African American Heroes

The Case for Loving

The Seeds of America Trilogy: Chains; Forge; Ashes

An Antiracist Reading List

An Essential Reading Guide For Fighting Racism

Hayfield Library resources on issues of racism, anti-racism, and police brutality bit.ly/HSSantiracism


* Resources compiled by Dr. Lynette Henry, Ms. Sharai Bryan and colleagues June 2020