Racial Justice Resources

These racial justice resources have been compiled by the UMass Amherst College of Education and include books, articles, podcasts, presentations, organizations, and videos. If you have a resource to share, please email EDUCNews@UMass.edu for possible inclusion on this list.

Watch the video recording or access a transcript from our recent panel, "Talking about Race and Racial Justice with Children and Young Adults," by clicking here.

Book covers representing racial justice books


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Black Appetite. White Food: Issues of Race, Voice, and Justice Within and Beyond the Classroom by Jamila Lyiscott

Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Critical Multicultural Analysis of Children's Literature: Mirrors, Windows, and Doors by Maria José Botehlo and Masha Kabakow Rudman

Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality: A Brief History of the Education of Dominated Cultures in the United States by Joel Spring

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney CooperHeavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (Teacher's Guide)

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

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

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

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

Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Olu

Teaching for Black Lives by Dyan Watson, Jesse Hagopian, and Wayne Au

This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell (with Teachers' Guides)

This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education by José Vilson

UnCommon Bonds: Women Reflect on Race and Friendship by Kersha Smith and Marcella Runell Hall 

Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice by Carla Shedd

Where We Stand: Class Matters by bell hooks

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about Race by Beverley Daniel Tatum

Booklists for Children and Young Adults


Twelve Books to Help Children Understand Race, Anti-Racism and Protest

The "7 Social Sins" as Warning and Way onto Path toward Equality & Liberation

Affirming Black Lives Without Inducing TraumaThe Knee on the Neck of Children and Youth of Color in Schools

An Open Letter regarding the CNN Sesame Street Town Hall on Racism

The Combahee River Collective Statement

Disproportionality of African Americans in Special Education Programs: A Form of Resegregation

Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement (Mentoring a New Generation of Activists)

Inside and Outside: How Being an Ashkenazi Jew Illuminates and Complicates the Binary of Racial Privilege

The Intersectionality Wars

Investigating the Social Construction of "Race" in Historical Context

My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant

Racism, whiteness, and burnout in antiracism movements: How white racial justice activists elevate burnout in racial justice activists of color in the United States

Representing Spanishes: Language Diversity in Children’s Literature by Maria José Botelho & Robin Marion

Research, Scholarship, and Remembrance in the Midst of Social Crisis

Take Your School Reform to White Kids So They Don’t Grow Up to Kill Black People

Teaching Your Child About Black History

These Books Can Help You Explain Racism and Protest to Your Kids

Three Ways to Emphasize Equity During School Closures

United States Immigration Laws & Procedures as “Racial” Policies

What Causes Prejudice and Discrimination?

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

Who Gets to be Afraid in America?

UMass Resources

A selection of images from podcasts addressing race and racial justice


Videos & Presentations


Additional Resources