Racial Literacy Resources

  • Selected Racial Literacy Resources

(These listings, with current additions, were collected over the course of our 2016 Racial Literacy Series.)

  1. Basic information about race
    1. Race: The Power of an Illusion. California Newsreel.  PBS http://www.pbs.org/race/000_General/000_00-Home.htm
    2. Caste by Isabel Wilkerson (2020)
  2. Anti-Racism
    1. Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi (2016)
    2. How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi (2019)
  3. Whiteness and white privilege
    1. “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack” by Peggy McIntosh. 1989. http://nationalseedproject.org/white-privilege-unpacking-the-invisible-knapsack
    2. “Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person” by Gina Crosley-Corcoran, 05/08/2014 Updated Jul 14, 2016


    1. “Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” and Other Conversations about Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum.  1997.
    2. Waking up White by Debby Irving. 2014.
    3. Jane Elliott’s Blue eyes, brown eyes exercise. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAE3UqxIhfE
    4. Understanding and Dismantling Privilege (interdisciplinary journal) http://www.wpcjournal.com/
    5. The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter. 2010.
    6. Scene On Radio Podcast’s “Seeing White” Series
  1.  Microaggressions
      1. Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientationby Derald Wing Sue. 2010
  2. American History
        1. National
          1. General
            1. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn (originally published 1980)
              1. Zinn Education Project
            2. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen.
            3. National Museum of African American History and Culture. Washington, D.C.
            4. National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, D.C.
          2. Black Experience
            1. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin.
            2. Between the World and Me by TeNehisi Coates.
            3. The 1619 Project
            4. This Week in Black History [podcast]
          3. Indigenous Experience
            1. An Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (2014)
            2. The Canary Effect: Kill the Indian, Save the Man.
          1. Slavery
            1. The Half Has Never Been Told by Edward Baptist. 2014.
          2. Jim Crow
            1. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black People in America from the Civil War to World War II  by Douglas A. Blackmon.
          3. Racial Cleansing
            1. Buried in Bitter Waters: The Hidden History of Racial Cleansing in America by Elliot Jaspin. 2008
            2. Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism by James W. Loewen. 2005
          4. Great Migration
            1. Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson.
            2. The Migration Series. Paintings by Jacob Lawrence.
              1. http://www.phillipscollection.org/migration_series/flash/experience.html
              2. http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2015/onewayticket/
          5. Lynching
            1. Lynching in America
            2. Southern horrors and other writings: the anti-lynching campaign of Ida B. Wells, 1892-1900 edited by Jacqueline Jones Royster. 1997
            3. Without Sanctuary; photographs and postcards of lynching in America. 2000-2005. http://withoutsanctuary.org/main.html
          6. Interracial Marriage
            1. Loving v. Virginia: No Longer a Black and White Story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxpLSH8NPaw
          7. Mass Incarceration
            1. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. 2010.
            2. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. 2014.
            3. Trenton/Princeton Campaign to End the New Jim Crow.
        1. New Jersey
          1. “’Steal Away, Steal Away’: A Guide to the Underground Railroad in New Jersey.” https://dspace.njstatelib.org/xmlui/bitstream/handle/10929/24563/h6732002.pdf
        2. Princeton
                1. Town
                  1. “Albert E. Hinds Memorial Walking Tour: African American Life in Princeton” hosted by the Historical Society of Princeton. Digital version developed and narrated by local historian and Not In Our Town board member Shirley Satterfield myoncell.mobi/HSofP or call 609-436-4092 from any cell phone.
                  2. Here I Stand by Paul Robeson. 1958.
                  3. Princeton Plan http://vimeo.com/67045107
                  4. An Act of Faith (Glen Acres) http://vimeo.com/71330530
                  5. The Long Journey Home: a bicentennial history of the black community of Princeton, New Jersey, 1776-1976 by Jack Washington. 2005.
                  6. I Hear My People Singing: Voices of African American Princeton by Kathryn Watterson. 2017
                2. Princeton University
                  1. “Looking Back: Reflections of Black Alumni at Princeton,” 1996https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXXGUpHCk_I
                  2. Ebony and Ivy: race, slavery, and the troubled history of America’s universities by Craig Steven Wilder.
                  3. African Americans and Princeton University: A Brief History http://libguides.princeton.edu/c.php?g=84056&p=544526
                  4. Slavery at Princeton http://libguides.princeton.edu/c.php?g=84056&p=544524
                  5. Princeton & Slavery https://slavery.princeton.edu/
                  6. Blacks at Princeton (1746 to the present) http://www.blacksatprinceton.com/
                3. Princeton Theological Seminary
                  1. Princeton Seminary and Slavery https://slavery.ptsem.edu/
  1. Current awareness
    1. FORTUNE raceAhead:culture and diversity in corporate America Ellen McGirt raceahead@newsletters.fortune.com
    2. HuffPost Black Voices http://www.huffingtonpost.com/black-voices/
    3. Not in Our Town Princeton blog niotprinceton.org
    4. New York Times Race/Related racerelated@nytimes.com.
    5. NPR Code Switch Race and Identity Remixed podcast http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/
    6. Embrace Race http://www.embracerace.org/  Online community to discuss and share best practices for raising and caring for kids in the context of race.
    7. Citizenship & Social Justice http://citizenshipandsocialjustice.com/
  2. Source lists
    1. Jane Elliott’s bibliography http://www.janeelliott.com/bibliography.htm
    2. Facing History and Ourselves https://www.facinghistory.org/topics/race-us-history
    3. Teaching Tolerance http://www.tolerance.org/
    4. Community Change Inc. http://www.communitychangeinc.org/resource-links/
    5. Raising Race Conscious Children: http://www.raceconscious.org
    6. Talking to Kids About Racism and Justice: a list for parents, caregivers & educators (Oakland Public Library) https://docs.google.com/document/d/1s0lCA3FlulVhK6DFE2d3uYCipc6ApY8Gn2rMwm6fYqw/edit
    7. Racial Equity Tools https://www.racialequitytools.org/home
    8. Standing Rock Syllabus  https://nycstandswithstandingrock.wordpress.com/standingrocksyllabus/
    9. Leonard Pitts Jr.’s The Black List: Suggested Readings in African-American History. http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/leonard-pitts-jr/article141507489.html
    10. Zinn Education Project https://www.zinnedproject.org/teaching-materials/explore-by-theme/

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