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Race & Ethnicity Resources



“The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

“The Condition of Black Life is One of Mourning” Claudia Rankine

“Confronting Structural Racism in Research and Policy Analysis: Charting a Course for Policy Research Institutions” by the Urban Institute 

“How Higher Ed Can Fight Racism: ‘Speak Up When It’s Hard’” by Francie Diep

“Racism and the Off-Duty Doctor” by Sriram Shamasunder 

“When Feminism is White Supremacy in Heels” by Rachel Cargle 

“White Supremacy Culture” by Tema Okun


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y Davis

How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America by  Manning Marable

How to be an AntiRacist by Ibram X. Kendi

Just Mercy : A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson 

Killing Rage: Ending Racism by bell hooks

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

Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia by Gutiérrez y Muhs, Gabriella, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Carmen G. González, Angela P. Harris


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.

Web Resources

“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


“Dear White Women” by Rachel Cargle 

“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh


Privilege: A Reader by Michael Kimmel & Abby Ferber

Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debbie Irving

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

White Privilege: Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism by Paula S. Rothenberg

White Supremacy and Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva


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.

For Educators


“How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?A Conversation between Two Feminist Black Queer Femme Chairs” by Mel Michelle Lewis and Shannon J. Miller

“Lessons from the Damned, 2018; or Why We Cannot wait for Tenure to Insist upon our Dignity, Respect, Power, and Value” by Dr. G & Dr. Kimberly S. Love

“On Being Comfortable with Discomfort: Tiffany Jewell Explains What It Means To Be Anti-Racist” by Vanessa Willoughby

“This Is What I Want To Tell My White Professors When They Ask, ‘How Are You Today?’” by LaShyra Nolen

“White Teachers Need to Check Their Racism Before Teaching It” by Akiea Gross


Diversity and Society : Race, Ethnicity, and Gender by Joseph F. Healey 

Intersectionality: A Foundations and Frontiers Reader edited by Patrick Grzanka

Web Resources

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


“#BlackLivesMatter — A Challenge to the Medical and Public Health Communities” by Mary Bassett

“Researchers Explain Why Black Americans Are At Higher Risk For Alzheimer’s” by Megan Rabbit

“Structural Competency Meets Structural Racism: Race, Politics, and the Structure of Medical Knowledge” by Jonathan M. Metzl, MD, PhD and Dorothy E. Roberts, JD


Black Man in a White Coat by Tweedy Damon

Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination by Alondra Neslon

Breathing Race into the Machine : The Surprising Career of the Spirometer from Plantation to Genetics by Lundy Braun

The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde

Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century by Dorothy Roberts

Health Disparities in the United States: Social Class, Race, Ethnicity, and Health by Donald A. Barr

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet A. Washington

Race in a bottle: the story of BiDil and racialized medicine in a post-genomic age by Jonathan Kahn

Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care by Brian D. Smedley, Adrienne Y. Stith, and Alan R. Nelson, eds.

What’s the Use of Race?: Modern Governance and the Biology of Difference edited by Ian Whitmarsh and David S. Jones


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.

Web Resources

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.

For Parents


“Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race, ” Raising Luminaries & Books for Littles

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

Web Resources

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


“A History of Race and Racism in America, in 24 Chapters” by Ibram X. Kendi


Almost a Woman by Esmeralda Santiago

Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Dub: Finding Ceremony by Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Freedom is a Constant Struggle : Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Davis

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

How We Fight for Our Lives by  Saeed Jones

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

M Archive by Alexis Pauline Gumbs 

Slavery by another name : the re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon

Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity by Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Surpassing Certainty by Janet Mock

There There by Tommy Orange

Thick : And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

We were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates 


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?

Web Resources

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.

Maine Resources


Maine’s Visible Black History by H.H. Price and Gerald E. Talbot


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.

Web Resources

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


“Self Care for People of Color After Psychological Trauma” by Jasmine Banks

Web Resources

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.