Race & Ethnicity Resources
- American History: From Emancipation to the Present from Yale University
- The purpose of this course is to examine the African American experience in the United States from 1863 to the present.
- The Color of Fear by Lee Mun Wah
- “The Color of Fear” is a documentary film by Director Lee Mun Wah about eight men of mixed racial/ethnic backgrounds intimately discussing racism in their personal and professional lives
- I Am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck
- An Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism.
- An Interview with the Founders of Black Lives Matter by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Kahn-Cullors, and Opal Tometi
- Born out of a social media post, the Black Lives Matter movement has sparked discussion about race and inequality across the world. In this spirited conversation with Mia Birdsong, the movement’s three founders share what they’ve learned about leadership and what provides them with hope and inspiration in the face of painful realities.
- Let’s get to the root of racial injustice (TEDxRainier)
- Megan Francis traces the root causes of our current racial climate to their core causes, debunking common misconceptions and calling out “fix-all” cures to a complex social problem
- Ted Talk: How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time by Baratunde Thurston
- Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on black Americans who have committed the crimes of … eating, walking or generally “living while black.” In this profound, thought-provoking and often hilarious talk, he reveals the power of language to change stories of trauma into stories of healing — while challenging us all to level up.
- The Urgency of Intersectionality by Kimberlé Crenshaw
- Now more than ever, it’s important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias — and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term “intersectionality” to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you’re standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you’re likely to get hit by both. In this moving talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice.
- White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide (lecture) by Carol Armstrong
- 2018 John F. Morgan Sr. Distinguished Faculty Lecture
As Ferguson, Missouri, erupted in August 2014, and media commentators across the ideological spectrum referred to the angry response of African Americans as “black rage,” historian Carol Anderson wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post showing that this was, instead, “white rage at work. With so much attention on the flames,” she writes, “everyone had ignored the kindling.”
- 1619 from the New York Times
- Four hundred years ago, in August 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed. “1619,” a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones, examines the long shadow of that fateful moment.
- CodeSwitch on NPR
- What’s CODE SWITCH? It’s the fearless conversations about race that you’ve been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we’re all part of the story.
- The Diversity Gap by Bethaney Wilkinson
- This project, The Diversity Gap, will empower people to create the cultures they say they want—cultures where all people are seen, celebrated and given the space to thrive.
- “Seeing White” from Scene on Radio
- Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story.
- “Anti-racist Allyship Starter Pack” by Tatum Dorrell, Matt Herndon, and Jourdan Dorrell
- Resources and tools regarding racism and anti/blackness, and how to be a better ally. Crowdsourced and curated.
- “Anti-Racism Resources for White People” by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein
- This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now.
- “Black Women Radicals” by Jaimee A. Swift and Keshia White
- Rooted in intersectional and transnational Black feminisms and Womanisms, we are committed to empowering Black transgender, queer, cisgender radical women and non-binary activists by centering their political, intellectual, and cultural contributions to the field of Black Politics across time, space, and place in Africa and the African Diaspora.
- Dismantling Racism Works Web Workbook
- “This web-based workbook was originally designed to support the
Dismantling Racism Works 2-day basic workshop.
The workbook is now offered as a resource to the community.”
- Project Implicit
- Find out your implicit associations about race, gender, sexual orientation, and other topics! Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition – thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet.
- Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge by Anneliese A. Singh
- “Being an antiracist is a different proposition for a person of color than it is for a White person.
This handout examines what an antiracist identity looks like on both sides of this binary; white and POC.”
- “Scaffolded Anti-racism Resources” by Anna Stamborski, Nikki Zimmermann, and Bailie Gregory
- whiteness, deintegration, reintegraion, pseudo-independence, immersion, autonomy, study guide
- Showing Up for Racial Justice
- SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability.
- “Talking About Race” by The National Museum of African American History
- Issues of race are sometimes blatant and obvious, sometimes subtle and nuanced, and often difficult to confront. However, with commitment and caring, we can all play an important role in dismantling racism to create a more inclusive, just, and safe society. By committing to understanding and talking about race, all our lives will be better.
- “What is Juneteenth” by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
- By choosing to celebrate the last place in the South that freedom touched…we remember the shining promise of emancipation, along with the bloody path America took by delaying it and deferring fulfillment of those simple, unanticipating words in Gen. Granger’s original order No. 3: that “This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves.”
Dismantling White Privilege
- Finding Myself in the Story of Race (TedX Fenway), Debbie Irving
- Some lies we tell are pretty harmless. But others–like those surrounding privilege–contribute to the stubborn inequality in our world.
- How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them by Vernā Myers (TEDxBeaconStreet)
- Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we’ve seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable.
- Interview with Robin DiAngelo, Amanpur & CO. (PBS)
- When it comes to racism, most white people have the same visceral reaction: “I’m not a racist.” But Dr. Robin DiAngelo argues that’s not true. Her 2018 book “White Fragility” digs into unconscious bias–and why white people are so defensive when it comes to talking about race.
- White Lies We Tell Our Children, Colin Stokes (TedXBeaconStreet)
- You know that feeling when your child discovers you’ve been lying to them about something? Some lies we tell are pretty harmless. But others–like those surrounding privilege–contribute to the stubborn inequality in our world.
- Classroom Resources from Teaching Tolerance
- From film kits and lesson plans to the building blocks of a customized Learning Plan—texts, student tasks and teaching strategies—our resources will help you bring relevance, rigor and social emotional learning into your classroom.
- Diversity Studies Collection database by Gale OneFile
- Articles from hundreds of journals that explore cultural differences, and the contributions and influences of diverse populations in the global community. State of Maine funded.
- National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education
- NADOHE website provide free access to a variety of webinars.
- Project Ready
- Project READY is a three-year program funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to create professional development for school librarians and other educators focused on racial equity and culturally sustaining pedagogy.
- RaceWorks Toolkit
- A series of short films and activities featuring the latest Stanford scholarship about how people do race and how to undo racism.
For Healthcare Providers
- How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime by Nadine Burke Harris
- Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer.
- Dorothy Roberts, The Problem with Race-Based Medicine, TedMed 2015
- Social justice advocate and law scholar Dorothy Roberts has a precise and powerful message: Race-based medicine is bad medicine. Even today, many doctors still use race as a medical shortcut; they make important decisions about things like pain tolerance based on a patient’s skin color instead of medical observation and measurement.
- “Listen: How Racism Kills Black Americans” from Sherman James in conversation with James Hamblin and Katherine Wells
- After the killing of George Floyd, some leaders have suggested that racism should be declared a public-health crisis. Sherman James has made this case for decades. He has studied the connection between health and discrimination since the 1970s. He joins staff writer James Hamblin and executive producer Katherine Wells on the podcast Social Distance.
- Medical Students Mobilizing, 7000+ medical trainees demanding an end to police violence against our Black colleagues, patients, & families.
- 7000+ medical trainees demanding an end to police violence against our Black colleagues, patients, & families. Use your power to protect Black lives and end police violence.
Film & Video
- Beautiful Blackbird: Children’s Book Festival produced by the Indigo Arts Alliance
- Indigo Arts Alliance wants to celebrate Black illustrators and children’s books authors with you and your family. We hope that you and your young children will enjoy listening to and reading these beautiful books featuring Black characters. We are excited to invite you all to join us all Summer as we celebrate (virtually) Black children’s books created by Black writers and illustrators
- As US racial divisions and inequities grow sharper and more painful, the work of envisioning and creating systems of authentic racial inclusion and belonging in the United States remains work in progress. We believe that reversing the trend must begin in our homes, schools, and communities with our children’s hearts and minds.
History & Literature
- Black in Latin America, PBS
- Henry Louis Gates Jr. explores race and identity in Latin America
- Boss: The Black Experience in Business, PBS
- Learn about the untold story of African American entrepreneurship, where skill, industriousness, ingenuity and sheer courage in the face of overwhelming odds provide the backbone of this nation’s economic and social growth.
- “Has the American Dream Been Achieved at the Expense of the American Negro?” Cambridge University Debate (1965):
- In 1965 at the University of Cambridge, two of the foremost American intellectuals were challenged with the question: ‘Has the American Dream been achieved at the expense of the American Negro?’ From William F Buckley’s highly stylised posturing and pointing, to James Baldwin’s melodious rhetorical flourishes and memorable scowls, what’s become known as the ‘Baldwin-Buckley Debate’ now stands as one of the archetypal articulations of the dividing line between US progressives and conservatives on questions of race, justice and history.
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- Starr Carter navigates the perilous waters between her poor, black neighborhood and her prestigious, mainly white private school. This all changes when she finds herself in the middle of racial activism after her best friend is shot by police officers, and she’s forced to make a decision. Allow the media to skewer her friend to protect the status quo, or stand up and tell the truth in memory of Khalil?
- The Atlantic Black Box Project
- Researching and reckoning with New England’s role in the slave trade.
- The Lemonade Syllabus by Candice Benbow
- On April 23, 2016, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter released the visual album Lemonade, which chronicled the experiences of many Black women in intimate and social relationships. After Lemonade aired, sisters began to seek resources that would help them unpack the rich Black feminist and womanist themes that permeate the album. #LemonadeSyllabus was created and the resulting list is a robust introduction to Black women who tell stories in hopes of setting us free.
- Genocide and ME: Shining the Light of Truth by Maine-Wabanaki REACH
- Far from a distant problem, the state of Maine has its own complex and painful history with multiple local and international genocide events. One a cold evening in the winter of 2014 members of several affected communities joined together in Portland to share experiences and advocate for peace.
- Pride Month is a Celebration for Blackness Too by the Knack Factory
- Knack Factory spoke with Flo, Eddie, Oronde and Christiana—members of the LGBTQ+ community in Portland, Maine—about what it means to be proud.
- TedXDirigo: Inequity, Injustice… Infection by Shay Stewart-Bouley
- Now more than ever we must look unabashedly at race inequality. Meeting in the middle is not enough, says Shay Stewart-Bouley. In this rousing talk, she boldly elicits our collective responsibility to fight for racial justice.
- Black Girl in Maine Media
- Blog by Shay Stewart-Bouley and contributing authors about living while Black in Maine.
- Black Owned Maine
- Directory of Black-owned businesses in Maine
- “Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki people, culture, history & art” by Lisa Brooks, James Eric Francis Sr., Suzanne Greenlaw, Tilly Laskey, Micah Pawling, Darren Ranco, Theresa Secord, Ashley Smith & Donald Soctomah.
- Exhibit at Maine Historical Society for the Bicentennial
- Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Archives by Maine-Wabanaki REACH
- On June 29, 2012, five Wabanaki Chiefs and Maine’s Governor Paul LePage signed a mandate commencing the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Under the leadership of five appointed commissioners, the TRC was charged with examining Maine’s child welfare practices affecting Wabanaki people; the focus of the Commission was on “truth, healing, and change.” Over the course of three years, the TRC collected statements from nearly 150 individuals and focus groups. The TRC published a final report on June 14, 2015, detailing key findings and recommendations for further action.
- Online Resources for Teaching Wabanaki Studies from the Abbe Museum
- Wabanaki Collection, Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre, University of New Brunswick
- The Wabanaki Collection connects postsecondary educators, grade school teachers, and the general public with a variety of resources that support enhanced relationships between all the peoples of Eastern Canada and Northeastern United States.
Support for BIPOC
- Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)Mental HealthResource Guide by Catherine C. Ragland et al.
- This guide was created with a focus on BlPOCmental health to be utilized by clinicians, patients/clients, and allies.
- Liberate (app)
- Free meditation app designed for and guided by BIPOC.
We welcome suggestions to these resource lists.