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Resources on Race and Racism in America

Race and racism in America may be a difficult subject to discuss.  Explore these online resources to learn more about race and racism in America.

Movies and Documentaries:

I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin and Race in America

An Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I Am Not Your Negro, explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism.

Ken Burns: The Central Park Five

THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. This Peabody Award winning film chronicles the Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of the five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.

Whose Streets? An Unflinching Look at the Ferguson Uprising

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, WHOSE STREETS? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising.

Race – The Power of an Illusion

 Race- The Power of Illusion questions the very idea of race as innate biology, suggesting that a belief in inborn racial difference is no more sound than believing that the sun revolves around the earth.

Other titles via Kanopy– streaming video collections


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

How to be an antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo

Explore other titles via OverDrive and RBDigital and our Print Catalog & Award Winning booklists

Online Resources:

Black Lives Matter

#FreedomePapers toolkit

Anti-Racist Resource Guide

Anti-Racism Resources

Being Antiracist– National Museum of African American History and Culture

Black History Month Library

Black Scranton

Color of Change

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Talking About Race – National Museum of African American History and Culture

Zinn Education Resources

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