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