Combating Anti-Black Racism

We all have a responsibility to act with urgency. We all must reckon with the structural inequality and pervasive prejudice that has led us here and work towards a future where these disparities no longer exist. Everyone has a role to play. Whether it is through civic engagement, engaging in personal learning, leveraging our privilege, positions and platforms, or challenging our friends, colleagues, and institutions.

The following guide is not an exhaustive list of resources and is being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only. If you require training or consultations, you may find relevant services on the DIB Action Portal or Resources page. If you use any of these resources, we’d like to hear from you. Please complete our Response Survey to share how you used the resources and include any reflections. We will share your feedback and testimonials on our website. You can choose to be anonymous. Email with any questions.


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Harvard Voices

The Quest for Racial Justice: Harvard Gazette Series

Harvard Gazette | Summer 2020
  • Stories covering Harvard insights and the movement against systemic racism in the U.S.

Understanding the Legacy of Racism and Police Violence

Police: Sixth-leading cause of death for young black men

University of Michigan | August 5, 2019

Say Her Name: Recognizing Police Brutality Against Black Women

American Civil Liberties Union | June 14, 2020
  • Black women have taught survival tactics to black sons against police incidents and experienced the trauma that comes from giving this advice for years
  • Police violence impacts black women and other women of color just as it does black men
  • Sexual abuse is the second most reported form of police misconduct after excessive force

The Reckoning Will Be Incomplete Without Black Women and Girls

The Atlantic | June 14, 2020
  • Trials of black women and girls, from Darnella Frazier, the teenager who filmed Floyd’s killing, to the often black wives, daughters, mothers, and girlfriends who pick up the pieces
  • Black girls are suspended from school at a rate 6x higher than white girls
  • Black girls are the fastest growing segment of the juvenile justice system, 1.2x more likely to detained and 20% more likely to charged than white girls

A short history of black women and police violence

The Conversation | June 12, 2020
  • Breonna Taylor’s killing and the misconception of women and police violence
  • “Mothers of the Movement,” a group of black mothers whose children have been killed while in police custody

Hidden trauma of police killings

Harvard Kennedy School | June 11, 2020  
  • Urban county in the Southwest, students who live within ½ mile of a police killing will miss school the next day, experience significant GPA decrease for several semester, and 15% more likely to be classified with a chronic learning disability associated with PTSD
  • White and Asian students are unaffected by exposure to police killings, black and Hispanic students are strongly impacted, particularly when they involve unarmed minorities
  • These students are 2.5% less likely to graduate from high school, 2% less likely to enroll in college

Historic crossroads for systemic racism and policing in America

Harvard Kennedy School | June 8, 2020
  • After 400 years of systemic discrimination against black people in America, will the reaction to George Floyd’s killing bring change that is transformative or incremental?

Deaths in police custody in the United States: Research review

Harvard Kennedy School | June 7, 2020
  • Death in Custody Reporting Act 2013 requires the Attorney General to collect from each state agency information regarding the death of any person who is detained/under arrest/in the process of being arrested
  • Federals officials have delayed data collection until September 30, 2020
  • In the absence of data, several organizations chart their own:
    • 2019, estimated that black men have 1 in 1,000 chance of being killed by police, 2.5 times more than non-Hispanic white men.
    • 2015, 424 deaths in police custody were tracked over July-Aug, 89% of deaths were from the news media, and only 11% reported by law enforcement agencies.

‘500 years’ worth of history

Harvard Chan School of Public Health  | June 4, 2020
  • Longstanding structural racism has fueled protests and made COVID19 particularly lethal for people of color:
    • Pay attention to essential workers who don’t have adequate sick leave or personal protective equipment (PPE) and live in crowded housing – hot spots for COVID-19
    • Focus on primary prevention and reducing exposure for communities of color, and among low-income workers
    • Redesign police responsibilities --- mental health and drug issues should be handled by public health and social work professionals trained to deal with those issues

Community Conversations: Two Pandemics [VIDEO]

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences + FAS Division of Science | June 4, 2020
  • Virtual panel on racial injustice, dealing with racial trauma, and strategies for change
  • Recommended books:
    • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
    • Too Much Schooling, Too Little Education: A Paradox of Black Life in White Societies by Mwalimu Shujaa
    • Evidence of Things Not Seen by James Baldwin
    • Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire

The Lack of Attention for Violence Against Black Trans People [RADIO]

WGBH Studios | June 4, 2020
  • Tony McDade’s killing and lack of national attention on violence against transgender people
    • 2013, 222 “legal intervention” deaths occurred at a rate higher among non-Hispanic blacks (0.6 per 100,000 population) and Hispanics (0.3 per 100,000) than non-Hispanic whites (0.1 per 100,000)

Racism is a public health crisis

Harvard Chan School of Public Health | June 4, 2020
  • Racism is killing black Americans--through police violence and adverse socioeconomic conditions that contribute to serious health issues:
    • Police violence kills black Americans at three times the rate of white Americans
    • Black Americans are 75% more likely to live near a polluting facility
    • Black children had a 500% higher death rate from asthma than white children

Police killings can harm mental health of entire African American community

Harvard Chan School of Public Health | June 1, 2020
  • Nationally there are about 60 police shootings of unarmed Black Americans, mostly male
  • Police violence kills black Americans at five times the rate of white Americans when unarmed
  • Average unarmed police shooting is linked to the worsening of mental health for not just the victim’s family, but the entire African American community in the state which it occurred

A Decade Of Watching Black People Die [PODCAST]

NPR | May 31, 2020

Invisible No More: Resisting Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color in Troubled Times

Barnard College | November 3-4, 2017
  • 6part video of conference on women of color’s experiences with policing: intensified immigration enforcement, drug war tactics, expansion of “broken windows” policing, Islamophobia, and attacks on gender and reproductive freedom 

Police Brutality and Why It’s an LGBT Issue [PDF]

Kent State University | 2017
  • Gay rights movement got their training from the civil rights movement
  • Both share sociopolitical issues: discrimination and family rejection lead to poverty, and impoverished people may live in heavily policed areas or work in illegal economies to survive
  • 48% of LGBTQ victims of violence experience police misconduct
  • 58% who interacted with police who knew they were transgender experienced mistreatment: verbal harassment, misgendering, physical/sexual assault, forced sexual acts to avoid arrest
  • ½ of transgender respondents feel uncomfortable seeking police assistance


Articles, Reading Lists, and Resource Guides on Anti-Black Racism

A Reading List on Issues of Race

Harvard Gazette

AAAS Faculty Reading Recommendations

Harvard Department of African and African American Studies

Anti-Racist Resource Guide

Harvard Law School Library  

COVID-19 and Black America

Harvard Graduate School of Education + Harvard Library + Harvard ODIB

DEIB Personalized Learning Tool

Harvard Graduate School of Education

FAS Dean of Science Reading List

Faculty of Arts and Sciences Division of Science

Fighting Anti-Blackness Resource List

Harvard Women In Tech + Allies

Resource list on digital images of artworks by Black artists

Harvard Fine Arts Library 

How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time [VIDEO]

Baratunde Thurston

Hutchins Center Racial Justice Resources

Harvard Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Institutional Anti-Racism and Accountability Project

Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center

Race Forward: What is Systemic Racism? [VIDEO]

Race Forward

ShutDown STEM Resource List

ShutDown STEM

Urgency of Intersectionality [VIDEO]

Kimberlé Crenshaw

Apple Podcasts App Offers a Curated list of Podcasts


Anti-Racism Resources for White People and Non-Black People of Color

Anti-Racism Resources for White People

Google Doc  
  • Books, media, and resources for white people and parents

Anti-Racist Resources for Asian Americans

Harvard Kennedy School
  • Events, organizations, and history on antiBlackness and Asian American experience

Letters for Black Lives

  • An open letter project on antiblackness and culturally aware resources from 30+ languages

Non-black people of color need to start having conversations about the anti-blackness in our communities: A Guide to starting anti-racist conversations with friends and family

Do Something
  • How to prepare, have the conversation, and take action

Understanding and Dismantling Racism: Booklist for White Readers

Charis Books  
  • Local bookstore:
    • Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel
    • The Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence edited by Chad Williams, Kidada Williams, and Keisha Blain
    • How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood by Jim Grimsley
    • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander and Cornel West
    • White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise

Meet the Asian Americans helping to uproot the racism in their communities

CNN | June 13, 2020
  • Young Asian Americans increasingly engage in difficult conversations with their parents

75 Ways Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are speaking out for Black lives

NBC | June 12, 2020
  • Black Americans fought for civil rights that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders benefit from today

Latinos must confront 'ingrained' anti-black racism amid George Floyd protests, some urge

NBC | June 5, 2020
  • How Latinos survived by proximity to Eurocentricity and whiteness

10 Books About Race to Read Instead of Asking a Person of Color to Explain Things to You

Bustle | June 1, 2020
  • If you are not sure about how to talk about race:
    • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
    • When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
    • Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
    • An African American and LatinX History of the United States by Paul Ortiz
    • Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

20+ Allyship Actions for Asians to Show Up for the Black Community Right Now

Awaken | May 8, 2020
  • Asian Americans assimilated to adopt the language/beliefs of antiblackness:
    • Don’t call the cops
    • Unearth your internalized anti-blackness
    • Challenge the model minority myth, rooted in anti-blackness
    • Educate your family and friends on injustice black people face
    • Donate
    • Demand justice

Black and Asian-American Feminist Solidarities: A Reading List

Black Women Radicals | April 30, 2020
  • Books, journals, and resources that teach crossracial history and movement for feminists:
    • “Mountains That Take Wing: Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama: A Conversation on Life, Struggles, and Liberation” [documentary]
    • The Organization of Women of African and Asian Descent
    • The Blasian Project

White women in the struggle for racial equity [PODCAST]

The Diversity Gap | August 23, 2019
  • A conversation with Karen Fleshman, Founder of Racy Conversations

Religious Resources

Radical Dharma

Rev. angel Kyodo Williams, Lama Rod Owens, with Jasmine Syedullah

Ruth King Publications

Ruth King

The Color of Compromise

Jemar Tisby

Disunity in Christ

Christena Cleveland

The Cross & the Lynching

James H. Cone

Jewish Racial Justice Resources

Jewish Social Justice Roundtable

Anti-Racism Resources

T’ruah: Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

Anti-Racism Guide for White Muslims

Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative

Race & Racism

Muslims for Progressive Values


Talking to Children about Race and Racism: Resources for Parents

21 Anti-Racism Videos To Share With Kids

We are Teachers
  • For parents and educators to feel confident and prepared to lead discussion on antiracism

Raising Race Conscious Children

Race Conscious
  • Supports parents who are trying to talk about race and diversity with young children and prepare young people to work toward racial justice

Teaching Tolerance | Diversity, Equity and Justice

Teaching Tolerance
  • Free grade K-12 curriculum resources for teachers, admin, counselors, and practitioners to create schools where children are respected, valued and welcome.  

Resources | Embrace Race

  • Fights systemic racism by supporting parents to raise children who are brave, informed and thoughtful about race

Talking to Kids about Racism, Early and Often

New York Times | June 3, 2020
  • Children can internalize racial bias between age 24, you can start talking about race from preschool

Talking to children after racial incidents

University of Pennsylvania | July 13, 2016
  • Confronting hate speech in schools, a tool for teachers

Healing from Racial Trauma

Harvard Resources for Mental Health

Harvard University

7 Cups (Young People of Color Support Guide)

Young People of Color

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network 

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network

National Alliance on Mental Illness -- Resources for African Americans

National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Find a therapist for yourself or for your loved ones, explore toolkits, and more.

Video Toolkit to Support the Well-Being of Students of Color

National Center for Institutional Diversity


Resources for Leadership and Management

Universal Manager Training – Diversity Module (University-Wide, Managers Only)

Harvard Human Resources Center for Workplace Development
  • Online module and assessment on Diversity & Inclusion

Confronting Racism at Work: A Reading List

Harvard Business Review | June 15, 2020
  • 15 publications for companies and business leaders to take on systemic racism

How Higher Ed Can Fight Racism: ‘Speak Up When It’s Hard’

Chronicle of Higher Education | June 1, 2020
  • Recommendations for college leaders on how to respond to racial bias on and off campus

The Role of Senior Leaders in Building a Race Equity Culture

Bridgespan Group | July 23, 2018
  • 4 levels of racism and how to overcome them

People Suffer at Work When They Can’t Discuss the Racial Bias They Face Outside of It

Harvard Business Review | July 10, 2017
  • 38% of black professionals feel that it is never acceptable at their companies to speak out about their experience of bias – making them twice as vulnerable to isolation, alienation
  • Black employees who feel muzzled are 3x more likely to have one foot out the door, 13x as likely to be disengaged
  • The response at most organizations is no response

How Managers Can Promote Healthy Discussions About Race

Harvard Business Review | January 7, 2016
  • Minorities make 37% of the U.S. population, and will climb to 57% by 2060
  • U.S. Department of Commerce projects nonwhite ethnic groups will represent 85% of U.S. population growth between 20112050
  • Workplaces will transform and so must conversations about race

Leading during traumatic and triggering events

Clayton Robbins, Diversity Equity Inclusiveness Consulting | 2013
  • Tips for leading and managing during traumatic and triggering events 

Training and Consultation

Race Forward Racial Justice Trainings

Race Forward
  • Building Racial Equity series trains those who wish to sharpen skills and strategies addressing structural racism to advance racial equity

Disruptive Equity Education Project DEEP

Dig Deep For Equity
  • Offers strategic longterm partnerships for individuals, teams, and organizations seeking professional and cultural changes that advance equity for all

Inclusive Excellence Academy

National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy
  • COVID19 DEI Strategy Center teaches leadership and professional development to equalize the pandemic’s impact and deepen Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


  • Provides virtual Diversity & Inclusion workshops and programs for employees: explore identities, unconscious bias, thoughtful allyship, modern manager training, and more

Cultural Intelligence Center

Cultural Intelligence Center
  • Online training and courses for students, educators, and businesses to develop CQ, a critical part of a globalized world to relate and work effectively across cultures

Friends With Holograms

Friends With Holograms
  • VR/AR technology that creates immersive, impactful soft skills training to help people understand workplace exclusion and become stronger leaders

Ready Set Allyship

The ReadySet
  • ReadySet Ally Skills workshop positions people of all backgrounds to undertake allyship at work and beyond: defines stakes, tools, and training for healthy workplaces knowledge  


Organizations to Support

Black Lives Matter

  • Galvanizes our communities to end statesanctioned violence against Black people

Violence in Boston

  • Improves quality of life and life outcomes for individuals from disenfranchised communities by reducing prevalence of violence and the impact of associated trauma

Black Visions Collective

  • Black, trans, and queer led organization committed to dismantling systems of oppression, violence, and shifting public narrative to create transformative, long-term change

National Bail Fund Network

National Black Justice Coalition

The Okra Project - The Nina Pop and The Tony McDade Mental Health Recovery Fund

  • Mental health recovery fund for black trans people