Anti-Racism Resources

The President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion presents this list of resources as a starting point for learning about anti-racism and intersectionality. It is not a comprehensive list, and we will continue to add appropriate resources.

Films and Television

13th, dir. Ava DuVernay

Ali, dir. Michael Mann

All Day and a Night, dir. Joe Robert Cole

American Son, dir. Kenny Leon

Baltimore Rising, documentary, dir. Sonja Sohn

Bessie, dir. Dee Rees

Black Cop, dir. Cory Bowles

Boyz n the Hood, dir. John Singleton

The Butler, dir. Lee Daniels

Coach Carter, dir. Thomas Carter

The Color Purple, dir. Steven Spielberg

Crash, dir. Paul Haggis

Crime + Punishment, documentary, dir. Stephen Maing

Dear White People, film and TV series, dir./creator Justin Simien

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, documentary, dir. David France

Detroit, Kathryn Bigelow

Do the Right Thing, dir. Spike Lee

Dreamgirls, Bill Condon

For Ahkeem, documentary, dir. Landon Van Soest and Jeremy S. Levine

Freedom Writers, dir. Richard LaGravenese

Harriet, Kasi Lemmons

The Hate U Give, dir. George Tillman, Jr.

I Am Not Your Negro, documentary, dir. Raoul Peck

If Beale Street Could Talk, dir. Barry Jenkins

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, dir. George C. Wolfe

The Innocence Files, documentary miniseries

Just Mercy, Destin Daniel Cretton

King in the Wilderness, documentary, dir. Peter Kunhardt

LA92, dir. Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin

Malcolm X, dir. Spike Lee

Monsters and Men, dir. Reinaldo Marcus Green

Moonlight, dir. Barry Jenkins

Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story, documentary, dir. Daniel H. Birman

Poetic Justice, dir. John Singleton

Queen and Slim, dir. Melina Matsoukas

Race, dir. Stephen Hopkins

Remember the Titans, dir. Boaz Yakin

Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, documentary, dir. Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason

Rosewood, dir. John Singleton

See You Yesterday, dir. Stefon Bristol

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker, TV series

Selma, dir. Ava DuVernay

Strong Island, documentary, dir. Yance Ford

Teach Us All

Time: The Kalief Browder Story, documentary miniseries, dir. Jenner Furst

When They See Us, dir. Ava DuVernay

Whose Streets?, documentary, Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis

Literature

Fiction

Flying Lesson and Other Stories, edited by Ellen Oh

The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison

The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas

The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros

The Rest of Us Just Live Here, Patrick Ness

There There, Tommy Orange

Roots: The Saga of an American Family, Alex Haley

Non-Fiction

A People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn

The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Alex Haley and Malcolm X

The End of Policing, Alex S. Vitale

Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision, Barbara Randy

How to Be an Anti-Racist, Ibram X. Kendi

Me and White Supremacy, Layla Saadis

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarnation in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander

Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63, Taylor Branch

Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment, Angela J. Davis

So You Want to Talk about Race, Ijeoma Oluo

Stamped from the Beginning, Ibram X. Kendi

Teaching about Race and Racism in the College Classroom: Notes from a White Professor, Cyndi Kernahan

They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement, Wesley Lowery

Thurgood Marshall: Warrior at the Bar, Rebel on the Bench, Michael D. Davis and Hunter R. Clark

Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements, Charlene Carruthers

Unbiased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, Jennifer Eberhardt

"Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack," Peggy McIntosh

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays, Damon Young

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, Robin DiAngelo

Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States, Maya Schenwar, Joe Macar, and Alana Yu-Lan Price

"We're Still Living and Dying in the Slaveholders' Republic", Ibram X. Kendi

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in The Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about Race, Beverly Daniel Tatum

Music

"A Change Is Gonna Come," Sam Cooke

"Alright," Kendrick Lamar

"Baltimore," Prince, feat. Eryn Allen Kane

"Be Free," J. Cole

"Better Days," Victoria Mont, feat. Ariana Grande

"Black Butterfly," Deniece Williams

"Black Man," Stevie Wonder

"Black Man in a White World," Michael Kiwanuka

"Black Rage," Lauryn Hill

"Brotha," Angie Stone

"Brown Skin," Erykah Badu

"Brown Skin Girl," Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, Beyonc, WizKid

"Chains," Usher, feat. Nas and Bibi Bourelly

"Changes," 2Pac

"The Charade," D'Angelo

"Cry No More," Rhiannon Giddens

"Don't Shoot," The Game, feat. Rick Ross, Diddy, etc.

"Fight the Power," Public Enemy

"Freedom," Beyonc, feat. Kendrick Lamar

"Glory," Common, feat. John Legend

"Hands Up," Daye Jack, feat. Killer Mike

"Hell You Talmbout," Janelle Mone

"How Many," Miguel

"I Am Not My Hair," India.Arie, feat.Akon

"Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)," K'naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz Ahmed, Residente

"Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)," Marvin Gaye

"Lift Every Voice and Sing," The Wardlaw Brothers, (or any of the various versions)

"Man in the Mirror," Michael Jackson

"Melanated," Katori Walker

"The Message," Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

"Mississippi Goddam," Nina Simone

"My Power," Nija, Beyonc, Busiswa, Yemi Alade, Tierra Whack, Moonchild Sanelly, DJ Lag

"No Justice No Peace," Z-Ro, feat. Mike Dean

"New Agenda," Janet Jackson

"Q.U.E.E.N.," Janeel Monae, ft. Erykah Badu

"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," Gil Scott-Heron

"Sad News," Swizz Beats, feat. Scarface

"Sandra's Smile," Blood Orange

"Say It LoudI'm Black and I'm Proud," James Brown

"Scream," Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson

"Sign o' the Times," Prince

"Someday We'll All Be Free," Donny Hathaway

"Spiritual," Jay Z

"Stand Up," Cynthia Erivo

"Stand Up for Love," Destiny's Child

"Strange Fruit," Billie Holiday

"This Is America," Childish Gambino

"To Be Young, Gifted, and Black," Nina Simone

"U.N.I.T.Y.," Queen Latifah

"Umi Says," Mos Def

"What's Going On," Marvin Gaye

"When the Revolution Comes," The Last Poets

"White Privilege II," Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, feat. Jamila Woods

Podcasts

1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones, New York Times

"The Afro-Latinx Experience Is Essential to Our International Reckoning on Race," Alt.Latino, NPR

Code Switch, NPR

"Seeing White," Scene on Radio

Silence Is Not an Option, CNN

Tamarindo: A Latinx Podcast

The Link between Health and Racism, TED Talk playlist

The Stoop