Anti-Racist Resource Library

As part of SSW’s response to the ongoing systemic racism in our country, including the murder of Black People by police, we are collecting and sharing work that has been found helpful in addressing racism and dismantling white supremacy.

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General Resources

Articles & Blogs


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 Reading Lists


 Videos

  • But Then You Read: Baldwin
    • After the Schomburg Center acquired the papers of James Baldwin in 2017, artists, cultural producers, and scholars gathered to deliver a daylong reading of James Baldwin’s work using items from our collections. Revisit the event and look back on the acquisition.
  • Conversations in Black Freedom Studies: Black Resistance to Trump

    • In this 2018 conversation, Dr. Michael Simanga, activist and scholar, Haki R. Madhubuti, publisher and founder of Third World Press, and Dr. Noliwe Rooks, author of Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education, discuss the activists and groups who are pushing back against the Trump administration.
  • The Life, Love & Legacy of Audre Lorde

    • In 2016, the late Dr. Gloria Joseph, author of The Wind Is the Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre, spoke with poet and Schomburg Society National Membership Chair Sonia Sanchez and visual artist and filmmaker Tiona Nekkia McClodden about the life, legacy, and impact of Audre Lorde.

Resources for Parents & Kids

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 Pay for Resources

  • The Conscious Kid: is creating Parenting and Education Resources through a Critical Race Lens. Our goal with Patreon is to create a small, intimate community where we can get to know each other better, create space for in-depth, personal discussions, and respond to specific questions and concerns you have as you navigate intersections of race, equity, parenting, and education.
  • The POC Families’ Guide For Talking About Racism: We created The White Families' Guide for Racism: How Can We Grow to Be Anti-Racist and heard from non-Black families of color that realized the need for a guide like this for their families. Black, Indigenous, and other people of color also face discrimination and racism. We recognize that. This book is focused around equipping your children to understand that as well as the racism that affects the Black community.
  • A White Families’ Guide for Talking About Racism: White families, if you’re here, we hope it’s because you’re ready to start having important conversations with your children about racism and actively planning what your family can do to help.
  • Little Justice Leaders Subscription Box: When you sign up for Little Justice Leaders, each month you will receive a box of carefully selected resources to help your child or your students learn about a social justice issue. We use arts and crafts, projects, books, and other activities to help your child or students understand complex issues. This box is made specifically for kids in grades K-5, so the content is fun, educational, and age-appropriate. Talking about social justice issues can be hard. We want to make it easier. With conversation starters, activities, and other goodies, you can make these tough conversations fun and interesting for your young child or students.

 Videos


 Books for Parents to Read

  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad
  • How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds
  • An Anti-Racist Reading List Compiled by Ibram X. Kendi

 Books for Children

  • List of Books about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Black Authors
  • List of Books Celebrating Black Boys
  • 31 Books about Race, Racism, & the Resistance
  • Anti-Racist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin
    • Something Happened in Our Town follows two families — one white, one Black — as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children’s questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives. Includes an extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers with guidelines for discussing race and racism with children, child-friendly definitions, and sample dialogues. Ages 4–8.
  • Let's Talk about Race by Julius Lester (Author) Karen Barbour (Illustrator)
    • In this acclaimed book, the author of the Newbery Honor Book To Be a Slave shares his own story as he explores what makes each of us special. A strong choice for sharing at home or in the classroom. "This stunning picture book introduces race as just one of many chapters in a person's story" (School Library Journal). "Lester's poignant picture book helps children learn, grow, discuss, and begin to create a future that resolves differences" (Children's Literature).
  • The Other Side Jacqueline Woodson (Author) E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
    • Clover's mom says it isn't safe to cross the fence that segregates their African-American side of town from the white side where Anna lives. But the two girls strike up a friendship, and get around the grown-ups' rules by sitting on top of the fence together.
  • Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins by Carole Boston Weatherford (Author) Jerome Lagarrigue Lagarrigue (Illustrator)
    • There were signs all throughout town telling eight-year-old Connie where she could and could not go. But when Connie sees four young men take a stand for equal rights at a Woolworthas lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, she realizes that things may soon change. This event sparks a movement throughout her town and region. And while Connie is too young to march or give a speech, she helps her brother and sister make signs for the cause. Changes are coming to Connieas town, but Connie just wants to sit at the lunch counter and eat a banana split like everyone else.
  • These Hands by Margaret H Mason (Author) Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
    • Joseph's grandpa could do almost anything with his hands. He could play the piano, throw a curveball, and tie a triple bowline knot in three seconds flat. But in the 1950s and 60s, he could not bake bread at the Wonder Bread factory. Factory bosses said white people would not want to eat bread touched by the hands of the African Americans who worked there.In this powerful intergenerational story, Joseph learns that people joined their hands together to fight discrimination so that one day, their hands--Joseph's hands--could do anything at all in this whole wide world.
  • Say Something by Peggy Moss (Author) Lea Lyon (Illustrator)
    • The girl in this story sees it happening, but she would never do these mean things herself. Then one day something happens that shows her that being a silent bystander isn't enough. Will she take some steps on her own to help another kid? Could it be as simple as sitting on the bus with the girl no one has befriended (and discovering that she has a great sense of humor)? Resources at the end of the book will help parents and children talk about teasing and bullying and find ways to stop it at school. One child at a time can help change a school.
  • Say Something! By Peter H. Reynolds (Author)
    • In this empowering new picture book, beloved author Peter H. Reynolds explores the many ways that a single voice can make a difference. Each of us, each and every day, have the chance to say something: with our actions, our words, and our voices. Perfect for kid activists everywhere, this timely story reminds readers of the undeniable importance and power of their voice. There are so many ways to tell the world who you are... what you are thinking... and what you believe. And how you'll make it better. The time is now: SAY SOMETHING!

 Books for Middle Schoolers

  • This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work
    • “Gain a deeper understanding of your anti-racist self as you progress through 20 chapters that spark introspection, reveal the origins of racism that we are still experiencing, and give you the courage and power to undo it. Each chapter builds on the previous one as you learn more about yourself and racial oppression. 20 activities get you thinking and help you grow with the knowledge. All you need is a pen and paper.”

 Books for High Schoolers

  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

Websites/Articles

About Books & Representation

About Internalized Racism

About Talking to Kids about Race and Racism