Advocacy Resources

"It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake."

- Frederick Douglass

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Read

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

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

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Biased by Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt

Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children In A Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens The Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era by Jerry Mitchell

They Were Her Property by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by
Austin Channing Brown

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do by Claude M. Steele

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice by Fania Davis

Black Food Geographies by Ashanté M. Reese

Race for Profit by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

The Hidden Cost of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality by Thomas M. Shapiro

The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap by
Mehrsa Baradaran

Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

The Strange Career of Jim Crow by C. Vann Woodward (Martin Luther King Jr. called this “the historical bible of the Civil Rights movement.)

Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

The Sweeter the Juice: A Family Memoir in Black and White by Shirlee Taylor Haizlip

When Affirmative Action Was White by Ira Katznelson

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet A. Washington

Watch

The Hate U Give, a film based on the YA novel offering an intimate portrait of race in America

Just Mercy, a film based on civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson’s work on death row in Alabama

The 1965 debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley

My hour on the history of Confederate statues in Nat Geo’s America Inside Out

Becoming, a Netflix documentary following Michelle Obama on her book tour

Let It Falla documentary looking at racial tensions in Los Angeles and the 1992 riots over LAPD officers’ brutal assault on Rodney King

When They See Us, a Netflix miniseries from Ava DuVernay about the Central Park Five

13th, a Netflix documentary exposing racial inequality within the criminal justice system

I Am Not Your Negro, a documentary envisioning the book James Baldwin was never able to finish

Selma, a film that chronicles the marches of the Civil Rights Movement

Whose Streets?a documentary about the uprising in Ferguson

Fruitvale Station, a film with Michael B. Jordan about the killing of Oscar Grant

American Son, a film with Kerry Washington about an estranged interracial couple waiting for their missing son

The Central Park Five, a documentary from Ken Burns

A Class Divided, a Frontline documentary

Donate

IN ORDER OF MOST PRESSING NEED FOR SUPPORT:

To support Communities United Against Police Brutality, click here and here.

To support Racial Justice Network, click here and here.

To support Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar, click here and here.

To support the Minnesota ACLU, click here.

To support Black Vision Collective, click here.

To support Rethink Tailoring Lounge and their support of protesters, click here and here.

To support B. Resale and their support of protesters, click here and here.

To donate to efforts to rebuild and clean up Lake street, click here.

To support Black Lives Matter Twin Cities Metro, click here.

To support North Star Health Collective, click here and here.

To support Unicorn Riot, click here and here.

To support bail funds for protesters being arrested, donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund here.

Looking to help from home?

Here's a complete and ever-changing list of resources compiled from medical workers and protestors on the frontlines who are in urgent need for you to help from wherever you may be.