“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light upon them.”
- Ida B. Wells
All too often, Black + Brown  women are confronted with the expectation to bear the emotional burden of racial awakening for white allies.
To liberate our sisters from this misplaced responsibility, we present Render Free Resource Guide.
Through this guide, we invite all white allies into a deeper understanding of antiracism. It is necessary that all are equipped to undo the systems of anti-Black racism and to practice justice.
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THE HISTORY OF RACE IN AMERICA
Black in America: And Still I Rise - Documentary -
http://www.pbs.org/weta/black-america-since-mlk-and-still-i-rise  

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Joined by leading scholars, celebrities, and a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, Gates travels from the victories of the civil rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state of black America—and our nation as a whole.

Society and Addiction: War on Drugs - Documentary - 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXmx016eOMo

This documentary takes a look at the effects of drugs on our society. From privatized prisons to racial oppression, Dr. Joshua Kane talks about it all and what we can do to change it.

Eyes on the prize - Documentary - https://www.youtube.com/watchv=NpY2NVcO17U&list=PLfUJ8lTZUqUFx4V7yvomTplFSBq6MBc1E 

Eyes on the Prize is an American television series and 14-part documentary about the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. The series uses archival footage, stills and interviews of participants and opponents of the movement. The title of the series is derived from the folk song "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize," which is used in each episode as the opening theme music

 

Reconstruction: America After the Civil War - Documentary -

Part 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiXxQpBLMuk

Part 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYcooEuHnvE

This new documentary series will tell the full story of this misrepresented and misunderstood chapter of American history. Provided by PBS

 

Scene on Radio: Seeing Whiteness - Podcast - 

https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/

Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series, released between February and August 2017. The series editor is Loretta Williams.

Uncivil - Podcast - https://gimletmedia.com/shows/uncivil

A history podcast from Gimlet Media, where we go back to the time our divisions turned into a war, and bring you stories left out of the official history.

1619 - Podcast - https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/podcasts/1619-podcast.html

An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling. A New York Times audio series, hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones, that examines the long shadow of American slavery. Listen to the episodes below, or read the transcripts by clicking the icon to the right of the play bar.

Racism and World Evangelism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvKQx4ycTmA&t=1137s

Tom Skinner at Urbana 1970. Transcript available at 

urbana.org/past-urbanas/urbana-70/us-racial-crisis-and-world-evangelism-1970

 

 

Fannie Lou Hamer Speaks! 1965 Pacific Radio Interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSxkYBbvGjs&t=669s

The Souls of Black Folk - Book - By W.E.B Dubious

https://bookshop.org/books/the-souls-of-black-folk-enriched-classic/9781416500414

Du Bois wrote The Souls of Black Folk in 1903. His book offers an assessment of the progress of the African-American race, the obstacles to progress, and the possibilities for future progress as the nation entered the 20th century. It is considered a groundbreaking work in African-American literature.

 

The Warmth of Other Suns - Book - By Isabel Wilkerson

http://isabelwilkerson.com/the-book/

Based on interviews with 1,200 people who participated in the Migration and on newly available census analyses and research into archival material, The Warmth of Other Suns tells one of the greatest underreported stories in American history. It is the story of how the northern cities came to be, of the music and culture that might not have existed had the people not left, the consequences North and South and, most importantly, of the courageous souls who dared to leave everything they knew for the hope of something better.

 

Stamped from the Beginning - Book - By Ibram X, Kendi

https://www.amazon.com/Stamped-Beginning-Definitive-History-National/dp/1568585985

The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society.

March - Graphic Novel (Series) - Book - by John Lewis

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/series/1MA/march

Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today’s world. 

Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery - Book

By Mark Charles and Soong-Chan Rah 

https://www.amazon.com/Unsettling-Truths-Dehumanizing-Doctrine-Discovery/dp/0830845259

You cannot discover lands already inhabited. Injustice has plagued American society for centuries. And we cannot move toward being a more just nation without understanding the root causes that have shaped our culture and institutions. In this prophetic blend of history, theology, and cultural commentary, Mark Charles and Soong-Chan Rah reveal the far-reaching, damaging effects of the "Doctrine of Discovery." 


In An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States - Book - By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

https://www.amazon.com/Indigenous-Peoples-History-ReVisioning-American-ebook/dp/B00J6Y98UE

Adroitly challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them.

 

 

Scene on Radio: Seeing Whiteness - Podcast - https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/

Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series, released between February and August 2017. The series editor is Loretta Williams.

 

White Fragility - Book - By Robin DiAngelo

https://www.amazon.com/White-Fragility-People-About-Racism/dp/0807047414

Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism is a 2018 non-fiction book.

Dying of Whiteness - Book - By Jonathan M. Metzl 

https://www.amazon.com/Dying-Whiteness-Politics-Resentment-Heartland/dp/1541644980

How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland is a 2019 non-fiction book written by Jonathan M. Metzl, a Nashville, Tennessee Vanderbilt University professor of sociology and psychiatry, based on research undertaken in Missouri, Tennessee and Kansas from 2013 to 2018.

​White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack - Article - By Peggy McIntoshhttps://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/mcintosh.pdf

Peggy McIntosh is associate director of the Wellesley Collage Center for Research on Women. This essay is excerpted from Working Paper 189. "White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming To See Correspondences through Work in Women's Studies" (1988).

 

I'm Still Here - Book - By Austin Channing Brown

https://www.amazon.com/Im-Still-Here-Dignity-Whiteness/dp/1524760854

An illuminating look at how white, middle-class, Evangelicalism has participated in an era of rising racial hostility, inviting the reader to confront apathy, recognize God's ongoing work in the world, and discover how blackness--if we let it--can save us all.

This Will Be My Undoing - Book - By Morgan Jerkins

https://www.amazon.com/This-Will-Be-Undoing-Intersection/dp/0062666150/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3RU0VX9W2ERWN&dchild=1&keywords=this+will+be+my+undoing+by+morgan+jerkins&qid=1591373813&s=books&sprefix=this+will+be+m%2Cstripbooks%2C162&sr=1-1

 In This Will Be My Undoing, Jerkins becomes both narrator and subject to expose the social, cultural, and historical story of black female oppression that influences the black community as well as the white, male-dominated world at large.

 

 Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High -

Book - By Melba Pattillo Beals

https://www.amazon.com/Warriors-Dont-Cry-Searing-Integrate/dp/1416948821

Warriors Don’t Cry is, at times, a difficult but necessary reminder of the valuable lessons we can learn from our nation’s past. It is a story of courage and the bravery of a handful of young, black students who used their voices to influence change during a turbulent time.

Between the World and Me - Book - By Ta-Nehisi Coats

https://ta-nehisicoates.com/books/

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis.

 

I know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Book (Series) - By Maya Angelou

https://www.amazon.com/Know-Why-Caged-Bird-Sings/dp/0345514408

Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.
 

Kindred - Book - Octavia Butler

https://www.amazon.com/Kindred-Octavia-Butler/dp/0807083690

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

A Mercy - Book - By Toni Morrison

https://www.amazon.com/Mercy-Toni-Morrison/dp/0307276767

A Mercy reveals what lies beneath the surface of slavery. But at its heart, like Beloved, it is the ambivalent, disturbing story of a mother and a daughter—a mother who casts off her daughter in order to save her, and a daughter who may never exorcise that abandonment.

An American Marriage - Book - By Tayari Jones

https://www.amazon.com/American-Marriage-Novel-Oprahs-Selection-ebook/dp/B01NCUXEFR

This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward—with hope and pain—into the future.

Americanah - Book - By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

https://www.amazon.com/American-Marriage-Novel-Oprahs-Selection-ebook/dp/B01NCUXEFR

Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.

Another Brooklyn - Book - By Jacqueline Woodson

https://www.amazon.com/Another-Brooklyn-Novel-Jacqueline-Woodson-ebook/dp/B01825C5JI

Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn heartbreakingly illuminates the formative time when childhood gives way to adulthood—the promise and peril of growing up—and exquisitely renders a powerful, indelible, and fleeting friendship that united four young lives.

The Underground Railroad - Book - By Colson Whitehead

 https://www.amazon.com/Underground-Railroad-Pulitzer-Winner-National/dp/0385542364

At once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.

 

When They See Us -  Documentary - Available on Netflix - https://www.netflix.com/title/8020054

Critically-acclaimed Netflix series, directed by Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay, tells the story of “The Exonerated Five” — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana Jr. and Korey Wise — the five young men who were wrongfully convicted of the rape and assault of a woman in Central Park in 1989.

13th - Available on Netflix - https://www.netflix.com/title/80091741

In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African American and the U.S. prison boom.

 

Pod Save the People - Podcast - https://crooked.com/podcast-series/pod-save-the-people/

Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with fellow activists Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Sam Sinyangwe, and writer Dr. Clint Smith. They offer a unique take on the news, with a special focus on overlooked stories and topics that often impact people of color. 

Just Mercy - Book (Movie also available on Netflix) - By Bryan Stevenson 

https://www.amazon.com/Just-Mercy-Story-Justice-Redemption/dp/081298496X 

Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

Ghosts in the School Yard - Book - By Eve L. Ewing

https://eveewing.com/#/ghosts-in-the-schoolyard/

This book details the resistance efforts of the residents of Bronzeville, inspired by the legacy of a storied past and driven to fight back against the malfeasance and disregard of city political leaders. But at its core, this is a book about what schools really mean to Americans and to African-Americans in particular, beyond the brick and mortar that compose them or the test scores and graduation rates that garner the most public attention. The book tells a story of love and loss, and the ongoing struggle of black people in America toward thriving livelihoods and self-determination.

The New Jim Crow

https://newjimcrow.com/about

The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community—and all of us—to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.

The Trauma of Systematic Racism is Killing Black Women - TedTalk  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8olL43PKJKw

T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, founders of the health nonprofit GirlTrek, are on a mission to reduce the leading causes of preventable death among Black women -- and build communities in the process. How? By getting one million women and girls to prioritize their self-care, lacing up their shoes and walking in the direction of their healthiest, most fulfilled lives.

Equal Justice Initiative - Orgnization 

https://eji.org 

The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. 

 

 

My Grandmother's Hands - Book - By Resmaa Menakem

https://www.resmaa.com/books

A Self-discovery book to examine white body supremacy in American from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.

 

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma 

Book - By Bessel Van Der Kolk

https://www.amazon.com/Body-Keeps-Score-Healing-Trauma/dp/0143127748

Recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He (author) explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. 

Irresistible - Podcast -

https://irresistible.org 

We celebrate the many traditions of movement leaders, cultural workers, and spiritual teachers who remind us to embody the liberation we are pursuing.

 

Heal in Action 

https://blacklivesmatter.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/BLM_HealinginAction-1-1.pdf

This toolkit was created to collate, condense and share the lessons we have learned in ensuring that our direct actions are centered on healing justice. This toolkit is a beta version; it will develop in real time as we continue to uncover the implications for healing justice in our organizing. We extend our gratitude to the BLM Healing Justice Working Group and all the chapter members who shared your insights, your innovations and your struggles to support our shared knowledge.

 

The Black Women’s Health Imperative - Organizations - 

https://bwhi.org

The first nonprofit organization created by Black women to help protect and advance the health and wellness of Black women and girls. Support BWHI in decreasing health disparities for Black Women across their lifespan.​​

Micky ScottBey Jones - https://sojo.net/biography/micky-scottbey-jones

The Justice Doula, is an author, speaker & facilitator and the Director of Healing & Resilience Initiatives with the Southern-based collective Faith Matters Network and an Associate Fellow of Racial Justice with Evangelicals for Social Action. Find her on Twitter at @iammickyjones

 

Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective

http://www.healingcollectivetrauma.com/kindred-collective-wellness-within-liberation.html

A project conceived by healers and organizers  of color in the Southern United States in 2007, as a response to the crisis of trauma, violence and social conditions in that region.  Kindred was organized  shortly after Hurricane Katrina and set up healing salons  for activists during the 2007 and 2010 social forums, offering body work and counseling.  Collective members also created the recording Good Medicine, which contains interviews with healers and activists in the South.

Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength 

Book - By Chanequa Walker-Barnes

https://www.amazon.com/Too-Heavy-Yoke-Burden-Strength/dp/1620320665

In this book, the author, a psychologist and pastoral theologian, examines the burdensome yoke that the ideology of the Strong Black Woman places upon African American women. She demonstrates how the three core features of the ideology emotional strength, caregiving, and independence constrain the lives of African American women and predispose them to physical and emotional health problems, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and anxiety.

How Black Women Have Historically Used Yoga as a tool for Healing - Article - By Yannise Jean

https://www.wellandgood.com/good-advice/black-women-and-yoga-history/

"Studies prove that anxiety, stress, depression, heart disease, and other ailments affect Black people disproportionately compared to other ethnic groups, but the statistics rise alarmingly when it comes to the health of Black women. Because of the many external and internal social stressors—racism, sexism, socio-economic issues—Black women do not have space to accurately practice self-care in a way that is safe and fulfilling for them...."

I'm a Doctor, and I Want to Talk About the Racial Disparities that Affect Black Women's Health - Article - By Nataki Douglas, MD 

https://www.wellandgood.com/good-advice/black-women-health-care/

"I spent 16 years (from 2002 to 2018) at Columbia University as a resident, fellow, and practicing reproductive endocrinologist. In my time there, I watched approximately 90 residents get their starts as OB/GYNs, but only a handful of us were Black. Recent research echoes this dynamic: As of 2017, less than 6 percent of physicians and surgeons in the U.S. were Black..."

Rachel Ricketts - Thought Leader - https://www.rachelricketts.com/about-1

An international thought leader, speaker, healer + author. (Her) life’s mission is to help heal the collective divide by dismantling racist heteropatriarchy, supporting healing for Black + Indigenous womxn+ and helping us all reclaim our freedom - mind, body and soul.

 

Rachel Cargle - Thought Leader 

https://www.rachelcargle.com

A public academic, writer, and lecturer. Her activism and academic work are rooted in providing intellectual discourse, tools, and resources that explore the intersection of race and womanhood.

Where the Change Starts

https://www.wherechangestart-ed.com

Self-guided education for becoming an antiracist. Social change isn't just about political activism or a one-time call to action. It's about our day to day movements and the small ways we navigate the world through increased self + social awareness and intentional participation in the efforts that make a positive impact. 

Well Read Black Girl - Book + Organization 

https://www.wellreadblackgirl.com

We are a book club turned literary festival based in Brooklyn, NY. WRBG provides a vital space for Black women readers and writers to connect and grow in conversation. WRBG is also an inspiring collection of essays by Black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature.

Ekemini Uwan - Thought Leaders

https://www.sistamatictheology.com

Specific speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9JQntpn71I 

Ekemini Uwan is a public theologian who received her Master of Divinity degree in 2016 from Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS) in Philadelphia, PA. She is the co-host of Truth's Table podcast alongside Michelle Higgins and Dr. Christina Edmondson. During her time at WTS, Ekemini won the 2015 Greene Prize in Apologetics Award. In 2018, Christianity Today named her among "10 New or Lesser-Known Female Theologians Worth Knowing.”

The Front Porch - Video Channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/talkontheporch/about

A place for conversations about biblical faithfulness in African-American churches. Here we'll post interviews, panel discussions, and other videos. See more at www.thefrontporch.org. 

Greenwood Culture Center - Organization

https://greenwoodculturalcenter.com/about-us

Our mission is to preserve African-American heritage and promote positive images of the African-American community by providing educational and cultural experiences; promoting intercultural exchange; and encouraging cultural tourism.

Black Past - Online reference

https://www.blackpast.org

An online reference center makes available a wealth of materials on African American history in one central location on the Internet. These materials include an online encyclopedia of over 4,000 entries, the complete transcript of more than 300 speeches by African Americans, other people of African ancestry, and those concerned about race, given between 1789 and 2016, over 140 full text primary documents, bibliographies, timelines and six gateway pages with links to digital archive collections, African and African American museums and research centers, genealogical research websites, and more than 200 other website resources on African American and global African history. 

African American Registry - Online Reference

https://aaregistry.org

The most comprehensive on-line database resource of African American heritage in the world.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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