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Anti-Racism Research Guide

Selected Resources

Black History Buff Podcast
Black History Buff Podcast is "more than just a podcast, the show is a bridge that links communities throughout the African diaspora and enlightens and empowers its friends." Host King Kurus launched the show in 2018 and credits his son as his inspiration. Episodes range in time and theme, from short clips about Black activists and scholars to slightly-longer shows sharing African history and proverbs. The common denominator between these episodes is a commitment to making accounts of Black history accessible and accurate. Listeners can tune in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, YouTube, and at the link above. The site also features The Black History Buff Blog. Though it has not been updated since 2019, it contains dozens of posts highlighting important people and events, including Wangari Maathai (a Nobel Peace Prize-winning environmentalist) and Vicente Ramon Guerrero Saldana (Mexico's first Black and Indigenous president). The podcast and prose serve a collective mission: reminding visitors that "Black history is world history."

Black Lives Matter
#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.

BlackPast.org: African American History: Primary Documents
Since 2007, BlackPast.org has been dedicated to providing resources to educators and members of the general public about Black history. One noteworthy component of BlackPast.org is this extensive collection of primary documents. This collection, which features documents spanning from 1724 to 2009, provides an invaluable resource for history instructors and students. Among the dozens of documents included here are the deleted portions of the Declaration of Independence, in which Thomas Jefferson condemned slavery; the 1849 Roberts v. Boston ruling (which rejected Benjamin Roberts's challenge to racial segregation in Boston schools); and Zora Neale Hurston's 1955 criticism of Brown v. Board of Education. The majority of these documents are related to court cases so that civics teachers as well as history teachers will find plenty of resources of interest.

Government Alliance on Race and Equity
The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) is a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. The Alliance is a joint project of the new Race Forward  and the Othering and Belonging Institute.

Project Implicit: Implicit Association Tests
Founded in 1998, Project Implicit is a collaboration between scientists at three universities (Harvard University, University of Washington, and University of Virginia) focused on "implicit social cognition." Defined as "thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control," implicit social cognition is a powerful psychological process that helps us evaluate and address our biases. Understanding our implicit biases is critical to deconstructing stereotypes we hold. Project Implicit's Implicit Association Tests help readers accomplish this. These tests help users assess biases across many topics, including gender, age, and ability. The group also created a "Race Task" Implicit Association Test. The test takes about 10 minutes to finish. It features some preliminary questions about your "beliefs, attitudes, and opinions," and a seven-part test that asks users about images and associations. The results help individuals better understand how their implicit biases affect how they perceive the world. The data has informed several significant studies and research papers. Readers can learn more about this on the Blog page. For additional information on the testing design, check out the Education page.

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

Shareable Anti-racism resource guide created by Tasha K
This anti-racist resource guide was crafted amidst the anger of the latest black body turned hashtag #AhmaudArbery. It is consistently being updated to address the current climate of our country and the personal growth needed to sustain this life-long journey. Please note that this document was and will continue to be a group effort. 

Talking About Race
Recognizing that "talking about race, although hard, is necessary," this resource from the National Museum of African American History and Culture aims to provide individuals, educators, and caregivers with tools to have productive and conscious conversations. These resources were created in response to the Museum's most frequent question: "How [do I] talk about race[?]" Readers may want to begin by asking themselves the "personal reflection" questions on the program's home page. From there, resources can be explored by topic (e.g. "Historical Foundations of Race" and "Social Identities and Systems of Oppression") or by audience (e.g. parent or teacher). Each of these categories contain a variety of videos, reading materials, discussion questions, and action items. Readers can also sift through the full list of more than 100 materials on the Resources page. This page has a variety of filters to narrow by type, topic, and more. Talking About Race receives financial support from The Atlantic Philanthropies.

The New York Times' 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones

The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.

Umbra Search: African American History

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