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Resources on Race

Selected Websites


Book Lists

  • 15 Black Writers We Should All Be Reading in 2017 (Off the Shelf)

    "Today there are many black voices emerging from different parts of the world, engaging us in compelling conversations on race, identity, politics, and more - and urging us to think inclusively and creatively. As Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (among the writers listed below) warns us of the danger of a single story, we bring you this list of contemporary black authors who offer new and refreshing perspectives on issues from race - and hair - to the wounds of our past."

  • 20 Children's Books to Spark Important Discussions About Race and Tolerance

    "Having honest and open discussions about race, tolerance, and acceptance from a very early age can set the stage for a much broader and deeper understanding of these issues as your child grows. Here are 20 books that can help spark these conversations."

  • A Crash Course in Diversifying Your Bookshelf

    "Is your reading list looking a little monochrome?" Sally Lin, from Electric Lit, has compiled 15 books to help broaden your horizons.

  • Black Lives Matter: A Reading List (Left Bank Books)

    "This is a community curated list of books, poems, articles and blog posts that explore race, not only in St. Louis, but America as a whole." (Left Bank Books)

  • BookDragon (Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center)

    "Filled with titles for the multi-culti reader, BookDragon is a new media initiative of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC), and serves as a forum for those interested in learning more about the Asian Pacific American experience through literature."

  • Rich in Color

    "Rich in Color is dedicated to reading, reviewing, talking about, and otherwise promoting young adult books (fiction and non-fiction) starring or written by people of color or people from First/Native Nations."

  • Social Justice Books (A Teaching For Change Project)

    "More than 50 carefully selected lists of multicultural and social justice books for children, young adults, and educators."


  • A Conversation on Race (New York Times)

    A series of short films about identity in America.

  • Talks to Help You Understand Racism in America (TED)

    "For black Americans, the far-reaching effects of racism are felt daily. From passionate pleas for reform to poetic turns of phrase, these speakers take an honest look at everyday realities and illuminate the way forward." A playlist of nine Ted Talks including: "Color blind or color brave?" by Mellody Hobson; "How to raise a black son in America" by Clint Smith; "My road trip through the whitest towns in America" by Rich Benjamin; "Does racism affect how you vote?" by Nate Silver; "How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them" by Verna Myers; "The little problem I had renting a house" by James A. White Sr.; "We need to talk about an injustice" by Bryan Stevenson; "How we're priming some kids for college - and others for prison" by Alice Goffman; and "Black Men Ski" by Stew.

  • White Privilege: Racism, White Denial & The Cost of Inequality

    In this spellbinding lecture, Tim Wise, the author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son offers a unique, inside-out view of race and racism in America.


  • American Indian Youth Literature Award

    "The American Indian Youth Literature Awards are presented every two years. The awards were established as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. Books selected to receive the award will present American Indians in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts."

  • Américas Award

    CLASP (Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs) founded the Américas Award in 1993. Up to two awards are given each year in recognition of U.S. published works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. Books are judged on: distinctive literary quality; cultural contextulization, exceptional integration of text, illustration and design; and potential for classroom use.

  • Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

    "The Anisfield-Wolf Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and human diversity. For 82 years, the distinguised books earning Anisfield-Wolf prizes have opened and challenged our minds. Presented by the Cleveland Foundation, it remains the only American book prize focusing on works that address racism and diversity."

  • Arab American Book Awards

    "The Arab American Book Awards is a literary program created to honor books written by and about Arab Americans. The program generates greater awareness of Arab American scholarship and writing through an annual award competition and educational outreach."

  • Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

    "The goal of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature is to honor and recognize individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit." A list of previous award winners can be found here.

  • Coretta Scott King Book Awards

    "The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement is presented in even years to an African American author, illustrator, or author/illustrator for a body of his or her published books for children and/or young adults, and who has made a significant and lasting literary contribution. In odd years, the award is presented to a practitioner for substantial contributions through active engagement with youth using award winning African American literature for children and/or young adults, via implementation of reading and reading related activities/programs."

  • Dismantling Racism Works (dRworks)

    A web-based version of a workbook designed to support the Dismantling Racism workshop previously offered by Dismantling Racism Works (dRworks). Check out the plethora of information found in the toolkits, training information, websites, books, videos, and articles on their Resources page.

  • Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative & Overcoming Racism Conference

    "The Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative (FREC) is a loose collective of organizations and individuals committed to overcoming racism in Minnesota."

  • Racial Equity Tools

    "Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to acheive racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase thier own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every leve - in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large."

  • The Marshall Project

    "The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. We achieve this through award-winning journalism, partnerships with other news outlets and public forums. In all of our work we strive to educate and enlarge the audience of people who care about the state of criminal justice." See Criminal Justice 101: The Essentials, The Marshall Project's list of must-reads about criminal justice.

  • The Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children's Literature ("The Walter")

    "Inaugurated in 2016, the annual Walter Award is give to a diverse author (or co-authors) whose work features a diverse main character or addresses diversity in a meaningful way. Two to three Honor Books are also named annually. We Need Diverse Books defines 'deverse' to be one or more of the following: a person of color, Native American, LGBTQUA, a person with a disability, and/or member of marginalized religions or cultural minority in the United States. The 2016 and 2017 Walter Award and Honor Books represented young adult titles only. The 2018 Walters will include young adult and middle grade categories. The picture book category will be added in the near future." Also see Where To Find Diverse Books, a list of active sites that provide diverse book lists maintained by We Need Diverse Books.

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