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Resources on Discussing Racism

Discussing Racism: a Curated Reading List for Young Children (View/Print the full list)




Discussing Racism: a Curated Reading list for Elementary School Children (View/Print the full list)




Discussing Racism: a Curated Reading List for Middle School Children (View/Print the full list)




Discussing Racism: a Curated Reading List for Teens and Adults (View/Print the full list)




Many of these books are available in digital format on Overdrive and/or Hoopla. Check our Digital Library for access

Explore Kanopy's selection of documentaries on Social Injustice and learn about the history and current events of racial prejudice in America.

Talking About Race
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture today launched Talking About Race, a new online portal designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture.

The 1619 Project
American slavery began 400 years ago this month. This is referred to as the country’s original sin, but it is more than that: It is the country’s true origin.

KidLit4BlackLivesRally
This program took place on June 4, 2020. Led by Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson, and Jason Reynolds. The rally featured inspiring words, music and numerous calls to action in support of equity and justice. Children and adults can watch acclaimed authors talk about the importance of understanding racism. Sponsored by The Brown Bookshelf.

Talking Race With Young Children : NPR
Even babies notice differences like skin color, eye shape and hair texture. Here's how to handle conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, even with very young children.

Juneteenth- A Digital Commemoration
Six United States black museums and historical institutions launched this website on June 19, the day that the Emancipation Proclamation was officially enforced, ending enslavement in Texas. The website will air an original video presentation featuring appearances from the Honorable Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, Lonnie G. Bunch III, the first African American and first historian to serve as the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, as well as Dr. Johnetta Betsch Cole, anthropologist, educator, museum director, and the first female African American president of Spelman College. The program will premiere at 12:00PM EST on June 19th, 2020.

Confronting anti-black racism
Use these materials with middle and high school students to help them understand the long history of anti-Black racism in the United States, and think about ways to address it in their own families and communities. Resources include news coverage of recent protests, videos on the origins of the Black Lives Matter movement and protests against police brutality within the past decade, iconic PBS documentaries on the histories of race and racism in America, and activities addressing civic engagement and elevating students’ voices. Student Reporting Labs wants to hear from teens in this moment. Students are invited to record rapid responses (see instructions) and submit videos for possible inclusion in a PBS NewsHour Race Matters special report.

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.

The above conversation between Jason Reynolds and Ibram Kendi was recorded at the School Library Journal Day of Dialogue 2020. They are discussing Stamped from the beginning: the definitive history of racist ideas in America and Stamped: Racism, anti-racism, and you.