Anti-Racism Resource List

This list has been compiled by the staff and friends of Park Avenue United Methodist Church as a resource for your use. Below are local events to attend, videos and trainings to watch online, books and articles to read, organizations to explore, and other resources in our ongoing struggle against racism in our city, in our churches, and in our nation.

Upcoming Protests & Events

Thursday, June 25th | 10:00am-12:00pm
Decentering Racism Webinar for Allies
This webinar hosted by the NYAC Commission on Religion and Race seeks to equip allies with educational tools in an effort to develop skills to combat racism. The session will be led by Rev. E. Michelle Ledder, the Director of Equity and Anti-Racism for the General Commission on Race and Religion of the United Methodist Church. You may register here. 

Thursday, June 25th | 9:30am-6:30pm
Virtual Human Rights Conference by NYC PRIDE
For more information or to register, visit Eventbrite. 

Organizations to Explore & Support

Justice League NYC | Website
Justice League NYC (JLNYC) is a multi-disciplinary task force of juvenile and criminal justice experts, artists, educators, direct service providers, activists, and formerly incarcerated individuals, brought together under the auspices of The Gathering for Justice, a social justice organization founded by Harry Belafonte.

Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) NYC | Website
SURJ is the local chapter of the national SURJ network. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability.

Color of Change | Website
Color of Change is a nonprofit civil rights advocacy organization that seeks to build campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward.

 

Suggested Books & Articles

Books

  • How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis
  • Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God by Kelly Brown Douglas
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo & Michael E. Dyson
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  • The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

 Young Adult Books

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Children’s Books

  • A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory
  • I Can Do Hard Things: Mindful Affirmations For Kids by Gabi Garcia
  • We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbi Kates
  • Skin Like Mine (Kids Like Mine) by LaTashia M. Perry
  • Wings by Christopher Myers
  • Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt De La Pena
  • Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
  • Lucia the Luchadora by Cynthia Leonor Garza
  • The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
  • Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue & Corinne J. Naden
  • Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown
  • Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andeae
  • Saturday by Oge Mora
  • The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
  • I Am Enough by Grace Byers

Articles

  • “The Assumptions of White Privilege and What We Can Do About It” by Bryan N. Massingale (National Catholic Reporter)
  • “One Way To Be An Ally Right Now? Support Black Mental Health.” by Jillian Wilson (Huffington Post)
  • “I thought I understood issues of race. I was wrong.” by David Axelrod (The Washington Post)