Resources and

Learning Materials

Committed to racial justice, we are consistently asked for resources and recommendations for books, films, and organizations to learn more about.  While we do not endorse any particular resource, nor do we see profit from our suggestions below, here are some of our personal tools used as we grow in culturally-centered education.

People & Places

  • Bayard Rustin
  • Madame CJ Walker
  • Rep. John Lewis
  • Harlem Hellfighters
  • Shirley Chisolm
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Legacy Museum
  • The Whitney Plantation
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)

Concepts & Community

  • Jay-Z’s 4:44 album and homage to Black historical music
  • Joey Bada$$ song “Tell me why you don’t love me”
  • The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill album
  • Alvin Ailey Dance Company

    Afropunk community event

  • ”The Negro Brain" article Robert  Bennett Bean

  • The Great Migration movement

  • The Civil Rights Movement


  • Freedom Schools (Marian Wright Edelman and the Children's Defense Fund)
  • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
  • National Urban League
  • Teach for Change
  • NAME (National Association for Multicultural Education)
  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund
  • United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
  • UNCF/Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship
  • The Andrew Mellon Foundation
  • Social Science Research Council
  • Fulbright U.S. Program
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
  • Boren Awards
  • African Union
  • The Black Swan Academy
  • BYP100
  • Divine Nine
  • McNair Scholars
  • Educational Opportunity Program / EOF/SEEK/ DISCOVERY/ HEOP


  • Coconut by Kopano Matlwa
  • “So You Want to Talk about Race” by Ijeoma Oluo
  • "These Kids Are Out of Control": Why We Must Reimagine "Classroom Management" for Equity, by Richard Milner
  • Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
  • Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembg
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Medical Apartheid by Harriet A. Washington
  • The Education of Blacks in the South by James Anderson
  • The Souls of Black Folk: WEB DuBois
  • Black Skin, White Masks, by Franz Fanon
  • The Lost Education of Horace Tate by Vanessa Siddle Walker
  • Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts
  • The Wretched of the Earth by Franz Fanon
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
  • On Lynchings by Ida B Wells
  • Stamped (Young Adult version) by Ibram Kendi and Jason Reynolds
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Bryan
  • The Crown Ain’t Worth Much by Hanif Abdurraqib
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston
  • Lighting the Fires to Freedom by Janel Dewart Bell
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama 


  • Just Mercy
  • Marshall
  • When They See Us
  • Queen of Katwe
  • Red Tails
  • The 13th Amendment
  • Hidden Figures
  • Fruitvale Station
  • I am Not Your Negro
  • Harriet
  • Selma
  • 42 (Jackie Robinson)
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

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