Racial Justice Learning Resources

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There are many ways to engage in the learning journey for Racial Justice.

Racial justice learning is a life-long journey.
We believe that it is important to learn, and deepen practices for justice in community with others. There is also a lot of learning that can be done through connecting with the voices, perspectives, and resources about racial justice that are available to you.

What follows is a list of resources that we believe will support your individual learning process. This is not an exhaustive list of resources available, but they are a good starting place.

Click Here to Access a Racial Justice and Co-Liberation Emerging Glossary 


Race: The Power of an Illusion–Parts 2 &3 of the documentary are essential (Rent it here)

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity (Support World Trust and Rent it Here)

Healing Justice (Support World Trust and Rent it Here)

13th (Netflix)

Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America (DVD available from Madison Public Library)

Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible

The House I Live In

I Am Not Your Negro

Just Mercy

TED Talk Series Exploring Racism


1619 by the New York Times
An audio series from The Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.

All My Relations by Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) and Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation)
A podcast that delves into various topics facing Native American people today. 

Code Switch by NPR
Podcast that covers the intersections of race, gender and identity and explores what these identities mean, how people navigate the spaces they occupy in terms of identity, and the ways in which these topics are ever-changing.

How to Survive the End of the World by Autumn and adrienne maree brown
A Podcast from the Brown Sisters learning from the apocalypse with grace, rigor and curiosity.  

Intersectionality Matters! by African American Policy Forum (hosted by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw)
Featuring on the ground interviews with some of the world’s most innovative activists, artists, and scholars, each episode explores a different topic through an intersectional lens.

The Nod by Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings
Podcast that tells the stories of Black life that don’t get told anywhere else. 

Who Belongs? from the Othering & Belonging Institute
Addressing the  foundational question of who belongs to open pathways to explore a range of policies, movements, scholarship, and narratives that get us closer to advancing a society where all belong.

Seeing White from Scene On Radio
An exploration of whiteness and its impact in society, from police brutality and domestic terrorism to inequities in schools, housing, criminal justice, and more.



Article: The Case for Reparations by Ta Nehisi Coates in the Atlantic, 2014. (available to listen to here)

Special Feature with many pieces in New York Times Magazine in 2019: The 1619 Project

Article: Centering Blackness: The Path to Economic Liberation for All by the Insight Center for Community Economic Development in Medium. June, 2020.

Ongoing Series through a collaboration between The Guardian and American University’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center: Antiracism and America

Report: What We Get Wrong about Closing the Racial Wealth Gap from the Insight Center for Community Economic Development. April, 2018.

Report: Race to Equity: A Baseline Report on Racial Disparities in Dane County from WCCF, 2013.

Article: White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh

Article: Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys in New York Times, March 2018

Article: How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering in New York Times, August 2020


Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and its Relevance Today by Jacqueline Battalora

Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa

Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance by Edgar Villanueva

Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them by Shakil Choudhury

A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki

Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class by Ian Haney Lopez

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by adrienne maree brown

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019  edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective Edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

An Indigenous People’s’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

The Inner Work of Racial Justice by Rhonda V. Magee

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

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

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

Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill

Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent by Eduardo Galeano

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing by Joy DeGruy

Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Conceptions of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society by john a. powell

Racism without Racists by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva 

Radical Dharma by Rev. angel Kyodo Williams, Lama Rod Owens, and Jasmine Syedullah

Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America  by Rich Benjamin

See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love by Valerie Kaur

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

So You Want to Talk About Race by  Ijeoma Oluo (**this book is a great place to start a racial justice learning journey**)

The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations by Toni Morrison

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

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

We Do This ‘Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice by Mariame Kaba

We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom by Bettina Love

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors

Additional ways the Race & Gender Equity team can support your learning journey:

Learning in Community

We offer learning experiences for individual people in the community to come together with others to engage in learning and unlearning around the system of racial inequity, and what we need to do to transform our society for justice. Learn more information about our Racial Justice Series.

We also offer the opportunity to learn in community, through our Racial Justice Summit. Each year, we host a Racial Justice conference that brings together people and organizations committed to learning about institutional racism and to build an ongoing practice of working for racial justice.

Learning with your Organization

Through our Creating Equitable Organizations program, we support organizations on the journey of transformation for equity that centers racial justice in the organizational culture.