In 2020, instances of harassment and violence against Black people shined a light on the horrific impacts of systemic racism and white supremacy. The world bore witness to Black people being perceived and treated as threats because of the color of their skin. Police brutality, notably resulting in the deaths of Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd both shocked our collective conscience and served as yet another reminder that this has been the reality of life for so many Black Americans throughout our history. These horrific events also acted as a catalyst for a groundswell of antiracist activism.
And it’s important that we keep that same energy. In support of Black women in the Lean In community, we compiled and continue to expand this library of anti-racism resources to help people inform themselves and take action. Many of the resources in this library were sourced from other anti-racism collections.
While the learning process is continuous, true allyship is an action. We encourage everyone who stands against racism to take tangible steps towards creating change and building a more equal world.
- “Allyship at Work | How to Turn Intentions into Actions,” by Dr. Waajida L. Small
- “Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center”
- “How Adults Can Support the Mental Health of Black Children,” by Maryam Abdullah
- “How companies can celebrate Juneteenth,” by Caroline Colvin
We have also made a special effort to include resources that address the impact of racism on women at work. If you have suggestions for other resources we should add to the list, please let us know here.
We understand that reading all of this will take time—but it’s important to continue learning and having these discussions around race with your friends, family, and community.
Table of contents
- For Black women
- For white and non-Black people of color
- For everyone
- Places to donate, if you feel you are able
For Black women
- "Healing from the Effects of Internalized Oppression," University of Kansas
- "Surviving Oppression; Healing Oppression," by Vanissar Tarakali
- Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, by Brittney Cooper
- "This Is What Black Burnout Feels Like," by Tiana Clark
- How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
- "No One Should Have to Ignore Their Grief, Yet It’s Long Been Expected of People of Color," by Nadia Owusu
- Therapy for Black Girls—Online space dedicated to the mental wellness of Black women and girls
- The Steve Fund—Supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color
- Ayana Therapy—Online therapy for marginalized and intersectional communities
- Black Girl in Om—Holistic beauty and inner wellness for women of color
For white and non-Black people of color
Although we recommend you read everything here, we've highlighted the resources that we think are the best places to start for those who are new to anti-racism work.
Books to read
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
- So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
- How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
- Real American: A Memoir, by Julie Lythcott-Haims
- Me and White Supremacy, by Layla F. Saad
- Raising Our Hands, by Jenna Arnold
- Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment, by Patricia Hill Collins
- Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, by Brittney Cooper
- Redefining Realness, by Janet Mock
- Sister Outsider, by Audre Lorde
- The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table, by Minda Harts
- Hood Feminism: Notes From The Women That A Movement Forgot, by Mikki Kendall
- The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias, by Dolly Chugh
- Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?, edited by Joe Macaré, Maya Schenwar, and Alana Yu-lan Price (free ebook)
- The End of Policing, by Alex S. Vitale (free ebook)
And here's a list of Black-owned online bookstores to purchase from, compiled by Njera Perkins.
Articles to read
- "75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice," by Corinne Shutack
- "20+ Allyship Actions for Asians to Show Up for the Black Community Right Now," by Michelle Kim
- "Welcome to the Anti-Racism Movement—Here’s What You’ve Missed," by Ijeoma Oluo
- "I Shudder. Do You?" by Julie Lythcott-Haims
- "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack," by Peggy McIntosh
- "Black People Need Stronger Allies—Here’s How You Can Be One," by Stephanie Long
- "Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life," by D. W. Sue, C. M. Capodilupo, G. C. Torino, et al.
Understanding intersectional feminism
- "What Is Intersectionality and What Does It Have to Do with Me?" YW Boston
- “The Intersectionality Wars," by Jane Coaston
- "The Year I Gave Up White Comfort: An Ode to my White 'Friends' on Being Better to Black Womxn," by Rachel Ricketts
- "5 Reasons Intersectionality Matters, Because Feminism Cannot Be Inclusive Without It," by Suzannah Weiss
- "What Does 'Hood Feminism' Mean for a Pandemic?" Code Switch podcast
Racism and allyship in the workplace
- "Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They're Okay—Chances Are They're Not," by Danielle Cadet
- "Maintaining Professionalism in the Age of Black Death Is...A Lot," by Shenequa Golding
- "White Supremacy Culture," by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, ChangeWork
- "Millions of Amy Coopers," by Adrienne Green
- "5 Things Allies Can Do to Sponsor Coworkers from Underrepresented Groups," Better Allies
- "How to Fight Racism in the Workplace," Glassdoor Team
- "Engaging in Conversations About Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Workplace," Catalyst
- "Women of Color Get Less Support at Work. Here’s How Managers Can Change That," by Zuhairah Washington and Laura Morgan Roberts
Tools to help you have hard conversations
- "Conversation Roadblocks and How to Surmount Them," Catalyst
- "Race and Ethnicity Conversation Guide," Living Room Conversations
- "Be Brave Enough to Start a Conversation That Matters," a Daring Discussions toolkit
Videos to watch
- "Black Feminism and the Movement for Black Lives," a discussion with Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, and Charlene Carruthers
- "How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion," by Peggy McIntosh
- Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable," by Luvvie Ajayi
- "Public Address on Revolution: Revolution Now," by Rachel Cargle
- "The Urgency of Intersectionality," by Kimberlé Crenshaw
- 13th, by Ava DuVernay
More anti-racism resources to check out
Larger collections of anti-racism resources
- Anti-Racism Project
- Jenna Arnold’s resources (books and people to follow)
- Rachel Ricketts’s anti-racism resources
- "Resources for White People to Learn and Talk About Race and Racism," by Nicole Carpenter
- Showing Up for Racial Justice’s educational toolkits
Podcasts to listen to
- 1619, The New York Times
- Code Switch, NPR
- Counter Stories, NPR
- Conversations for Equal Pay, with Julene Allen
- Hear to Slay, with Roxane Gay and Tressie McMillan Cottom
- Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
- Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
- Pod for the Cause, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
- Pod Save the People, Crooked Media
- Rising Stories, "Rachel Cargle talks with Corine Sandifer about White Feminism and Womanhood"
- Talking to Your Child About Race and Racism, My New Life episode featuring Julie Lythcott-Haims
- What Matters, Black Lives Matter
Talking to kids about racism
- "Here's How W. Kamau Bell Talks About Race with His Kids," The Tell Show
- "Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt," Parenting Forward
- "Talking to Your Child About Race and Racism" My New Life podcast episode featuring Julie Lythcott-Haims
- "Talking Race with Young Children," NPR
- "Tips for Talking About Race with Small Children," Third Space
- "How to Teach Kids About Taboo Topics," by Liz Kleinrock
- 31 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism and Resistance EduBirdie
- "Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup," by Katrina Michie
Organizations and individuals to follow on social media
- Antiracism Center: Twitter
- Audre Lorde Project: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Black Lives Matter: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Black Women’s Blueprint: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Check Your Privilege: Instagram | Facebook
- Color of Change: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Colorlines: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- The Conscious Kid: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Equal Justice Initiative (EJI): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Equality Labs: Twitter | Instagram
- Families Belong Together: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Julie Lythcott-Haims: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Minda Harts: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- MPowerChange: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Muslim Girl: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- NAACP: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- National Domestic Workers Alliance: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- No White Saviors: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- The Other Box: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Refinery29: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Rachel Cargle: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- RAICES: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- SisterSong: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- United We Dream: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Places to donate, if you feel you are able
If you are in a position to give money, here are some organizations and causes to consider:
- Black Lives Matter—Founded in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman after the death of Trayvon Martin, the organization continues to fight for justice for Black people who have been victims of violence "by the state and vigilantes".
- Campaign Zero—National advocacy organization that uses data-based research to inform policy solutions aimed at eliminating police violence.
- Center for Policing Equity—Data-driven approach to create levers for change in criminal justice, communities, and the nation.
- Color of Change—Largest online racial injustice organization.
- Equal Justice Initiative—Provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons.
- NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund—National organization that fights to protect voting rights, reform the criminal justice system, and improve equal access to education, among other civil rights causes.
Minnesota has been at the center of protests and action since the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25, 2020.
- Black Visions Collective—Minnesota-based Black-, trans-, and queer-led organization committed to dismantling systems of oppression and violence.
- Communities United Against Police Brutality—Twin Cities-based organization that deals with police brutality on an ongoing basis.
- Minnesota Freedom Fund—Community-based fund set up to pay bail bonds for individuals who have been arrested while protesting police brutality. This has become one of the most prominent bail funds, providing relief to protesters in Minneapolis seeking justice for George Floyd.
- Reclaim the Block—Coalition that advocates for and invests in community-led safety initiatives in Minneapolis neighborhoods.