Educational Resources on Diversity and Racism

Educational Resources

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Articles to read:

Videos to watch:

Podcasts to subscribe to:

Books to read:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

A letter from a father to his son about living as a black man in America.

Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins

An exploration of words and ideas of Black feminist intellectuals as well as those African-American women outside academia

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Poetry, essays and vignettes on being a person of colour in America. Heartbreaking and beautiful.

Dreams From My Father by Barak Obama

Before the presidency, when he was in school. He grapples with his bi-racial heritage and race in America.

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper

An autobiography of a black woman’s complicated dance with feminism and vulnerable story of pain and possibility

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

A son’s story about growing up a hard-headed black son to a complicated and brilliant black mother in Jackson, Mississippi.

Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

A memoir of an indigenous woman growing up in Canada and the USA

How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

How racist policies create racist ideas and why anti-racism has to start at the institution level.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

A memoir of a young girl growing up in America enduring abandonment and prejudice. Poetic and powerful.

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

A powerful true story about the Equal Justice Initiative, the people they represent, and the importance of confronting injustice.

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Education on white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that we can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on black, indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

A memoir of how and why five men in the author’s life were lost in the space of four years.

Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold

How white women can stop avoiding hard conversations

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

Janet Mock’s experience as a young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America, providing insight into the unique challenges of a marginalized and misunderstood population.

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

A series of essays and speeches by a feminist, black lesbian poet reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope.

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

How to have difficult conversations about race. Especially as a white person.

Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

An examination on how the USA was built on racist policies and institutions and why that matters.

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

An examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity. The novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with subtlety and grace.

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Two essays about the time of segregation between white and black Americans.

The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

Canada’s racist history towards the indigenous people. Brimming with rightful anger.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

How the American criminal justice system evolved into a system of racial control. Watch the 13th Netflix documentary for more info on this.

The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs

An assessment of the current crisis—political, economical, and environmental—and how to create the radical social change we need to confront new realities.

The Skin We’re In by Desmond Cole

A text for anti-racist and social justice movements in Canada, and an antidote to the complacency of many white Canadians.

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

An African-American woman’s story of growing up in Southern Florida in the early 20th century.

When Affirmative Action Was White by Ira Katznelson

An untold history of racial inequality in twentieth-century America.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

A British perspective on race.

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, PhD

Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism

Here Wee Read - Instagram account by Charnaie Gordon

A resource for finding diverse books and educational products for children, curated by Diversity and Inclusion Expert Charnaie Gordon

Films and TV series to watch:

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent
  • King In The Wilderness — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

Organizations to follow on social media:

More anti-racism resources:

Organizations to Donate to:

A list created by Crescendo (a Diversity and Inclusion resource) of anti-racist organizations in Canada we can support. American organizations here.

Quebec-based organizations:

Hoodstock: A social forum that aims to create dialogue around racism in Quebec

Resilience Montreal: a collaboration between the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal and Nazareth Community. Providing food and shelter as well as mental health and medical support services and access to a multitude of other resources.

The Black Coalition of Quebec: a coalition in defence of the Black community’s human rights and social justice

BCRC Montreal: The centre is committed to helping visible minority youth rekindle their dreams, and achieve their full potential.

FMCH-Montreal: Public education activities in the field of health in preventive medicine, and programs to support the development of youth through sport.

Maison D’Haiti: Community and cultural organization offering essential resources to Quebecers of Haitian origin

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