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Many Helping Hands 365 has created a racial and social justice resource guide to:

  • Deepen our knowledge and understanding of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his work and the challenges he posed for all of us.
  • Help all of us discover how we each can be part of the fight to create a more just and racially equal society.

We started with Dr. Martin Luther King’s words and actions — speeches and writings, familiar and unfamiliar, (to some). And then we are listing resources for learning more about the social and racial justice problems that Dr. King wanted us all to address.

Many people are deeply involved in this work. Many have already created deep and thoughtful lists of resources – our hope is to share their work through new networks.

We will continue to gather these resources with the ongoing help of YWCA Cambridge and other community organizations, many volunteers at the 2020 MLK Day of Service, and our colleagues and friends.

Our hope is to inspire more people to find a path to create racial equity and social justice in our communities.

We humbly ask you to share your suggestions on how to strengthen this guide.

Resources about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his work…

A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speechesby Martin Luther King, Jr., edited by James M. Washington

Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Why We Can’t Wait by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Letter from Birmingham Jailby Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The greatest MLK speeches you never heard” by John Blake

“Teaching About King’s Radical Approach to Social Justice” by Coshandra Dillard

“From MLK to #BlackLivesMatter: A Throughline for Young Students” by Bret Turner

“What Does the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mean to You?” by Teaching Tolerance Staff

“Martin Luther King’s Call to “Give Us The Ballot” Is As Relevant Today As It was in 1957” by Barbara Arnwine and John Nichols

“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” by NAACP

Other Recommended Readings by The King Institute

Articles and Online Readings:

“Ally or Accomplice? The Language of Activism” by Colleen Clemens

“Amy Cooper, White Space and the Political Project of Whiteness” by Lara Whit

Articles by DiDi Delgado (compilation)

“Asian Americans need to talk about anti-blackness in our communities” by Rachel Ramirez

Asians Against Anti-Blackness Reading Group (resource guide/book club)

“Barriers to Equity in Cambridge Public Schools” paraphrased from the Building Equity Bridges Qualitative Focus Group Report, by Liza A. Talusan

Black History Month Library (compilation) – A comprehensive google drive with literature on black history

“Black Lives Matter Open Letter to the Board of the Women’s March” (January 16th, 2020) by April Goggans

“Business Of Fashion 500 is now 499.” by Kerby Jean-Raymond

“Call It What It Is: Anti-Blackness” by kihana miraya rose

“Critical Conversations: Dr. Robin DiAngelo on White Fragility and Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” – The Conscious Kid

“Discourse and Debate: Is performative activism inherently bad?” by KAYLA ABRAMS, JEMIMA FREGENE, AND LANA AWADALLAH

Everything Is Awful and I’m Not Okay: questions to ask before giving up – Eponis tumblr

“Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy” by Andrew Smith

“How Asian Immigrants Learn Anti-Blackness From White Culture, And How To Stop It” by Jezzika Chung

“How to Be a Better White Person” by Michael Harriot

“How White Womens’ Tears Threaten Black Existence” by Cameron Glover

“Korean-American ‘Ajumma’ Talks Korean Solidarity With Black Lives (Video)” by Timothy I. Cho

“Letter From a Region in My Mind” by James Baldwin

“Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color” by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

“‘Model Minority’ Myth Again Used As A Racial Wedge Between Asians And Blacks” by Kat Chow

“Nonprofit AF: Have nonprofit and philanthropy become the ‘white moderate’ that Dr. King warned us about?” by Vu Le

“Oscar-winning ‘Hair Love’ director calls attention to efforts to ban race-based hair discrimination” by Jena McGregor

Racial Equity Institute (blog post)


“The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

“The Color of Wealth in Boston” by Ana Patricia Muñoz, Marlene Kim, Mariko Chang, Regine O. Jackson, Darrick Hamilton, and William A. Darity Jr.

“The Path to Reparations- A Letter to the Women’s March from BLM DC” (December 27th, 2019)

“The real reasons the U.S. became less racist toward Asian Americans” by Jeff Guo

“The Souls of White Folk” by stephen jamal leeper

“The White Space” by Elijah Anderson

“This Is What Black Burnout Feels Like” by Tiana Clark

“Tou Thao and the Myths of Asian American Solidarity” (blog post) by Time to Say Goodbye

“what do we do with white folks? by Anthony James Williams

“What Is an Anti-Racist Reading List For?” by Lauren Michele Jackson

“What We Want: Black Life Affirmed” by Patrice Cullors

“When Feminism Is White Supremacy in Heels” by Rachel Elizabeth Cargle

“White People Have No Culture” by Lorena Wallace

“White People, Stop Quoting MLK (and Definitely Gandhi): A Thread” by Jordan Peterkin

“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh

“Why Teaching Black Lives Matter Matters | Part I” by Jamilah Pitts

“Why we need to call out casual racism” by Luvvie Ajayi

“The Unmet Promise of Equality” by Fred Harris and Alan Curtis

“6 Elements of Social Justice Education” by Bree Picower

“30+ Ways Asians Perpetuate Anti Black Racism Everyday” by Michelle Kim

100 Years of Hoodies (compilation) – A collection articles and videos that serve as tools to retell history and recontextualize racial tensions in America today

Books and Other Literature:

A Perilous Path: Talking Race, Inequality and the Law by Sherrilyn Ilfill, Loretta Lynch & Bryan Stevenson

Abolition Democracy by Angela Y. Davis

Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins

Black Lives Matter – Books from the Harvard Book Store

Defining Diversity Essays by the Students of Lowell High School’s Seminar on American Diversity (edited by Jessica Lander)

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis

 “Freedom’s Plow” (poem) by Langston Hughes

From Here to Equality by Sandy Darity

From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: the making of mass incarceration in America by Elizabeth Hinton

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X Kendi

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

March (graphic novel trilogy) by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

Me and White Supremacyby Layla F. Saad

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

Stony the Roadby Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

The Danger of A Single Storyby Chinamanda Adichi

The Meaning of Freedom by Angela Y. Davis

The New Jim Crowby Michelle Alexander

The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs

The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

White People Read: Reading List – Reading list from American Repertory Theater

Women, Culture, and Politics by Angela Y. Davis

Women, Race, and Class by Angela Y. Davis

Movies, Documentaries, and TV Shows:

American Son directed by Kenny Leon

Dear White People (TV series) written and directed by Justin Simien

Do The Right Thing written and directed by Spike Lee

Dark Girls directed by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry

I’m Not Your Negro written by James Baldwin and Raoul Peck and directed by Raoul Peck

Just Mercy based on the book by Bryan Stevenson and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton

Selma re-written and directed by Ava DuVernay

Suppressed: The Fight to Vote by Robert Greenwald

“The 11 best civil rights movies of all time” curated by Austa Somvichian-Clausen

Watchmen (TV series) created by Damon Lindelof

When They See Us created and directed by Ava DuVernay

12 Years A Slave screenplay by John Ridley and directed by Steve McQueen

13th written by Ava DuVernay and Spencer Averick and directed by Ava DuVernay


Code Switch hosted by Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji

No White Saviors Podcast

Pod Save the People: Deray’s New Show on Activism, Social Justice, Culture and Politics hosted by DeRay Mckesson

Radio Cachimbona hosted by Yvette Borja

Revisionist History hosted by Malcolm Gladwell

Seeing White hosted by John Biewen

Speaking of Racism hosted by Tina Strawn and Jen Kinney

The 1619 Project: Podcast by the New York Times Magazine

We Are America: Voices of the Nation’s Future Audio Essays by the Students of Lowell High School’s Seminar on American Diversity

Organizations and Groups Already Doing Racial Justice Work/Education:

ACLU Racial Justice Program – The American Civil Liberties Union branch that focuses on preserving and extending constitutional rights to those that have been historically denied on the basis of race

Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, Inc. – An organization that serves the black communities and residents of Massachusetts by economically advancing black businesses

BlackHer – An online platform that provides information and resources to “highlight the visible and loud chorus of African American women that can shift elections, shape consumerism, and reinvent America’s broken systems”

Data for Black Lives – A group of activists, organizers, and mathematicians that dedicate themselves to using data science and data systems to improve the social and economic lives of communities of color, and to mobilizing scientists around racial justice issues

Equal Justice Initiative – A nonprofit that provides legal representation to “people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons”

PBS LearningMedia – Collections on PBS.org with various collections of resources including “Confronting Bias: Ethics in the Classroom” and “Confronting Anti-Black Racism”

Racial Equity Institute – An resource for leaders and organizations who want to address and understand racism

The Conscious Kid – An education, research and policy organization that partners with other organizations, museums, schools and families to promote access to children’s books centering underrepresented and oppressed groups

Teaching Tolerance – A free resource for teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners, that provides materials that “supplement the curriculum,” “informs their practices,” and “create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants”

UNDERGROUND – An organization dedicated to helping black kids who get wrongly caught in the criminal justice system by providing funds for bail and legal defense and building high quality schools to help liberate these kids.

Violence in Boston – A Boston based organization that was created to prevent and reduce the impact of violence on Boston’s black and brown communities, by working with governing bodies and providing resources and assistance.

We Need Diverse Books – A nonprofit and grassroots organization that advocates “changes to the publishing industry in order to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people”

YWCA – Cambridge – An organization that provides safe, affordable accommodations for women and families with a dedication to eliminating racism,  empowering women, and promoting peace

Zinn Education Tolerance – A resource for teachers and teacher educators to introduce students to “a more accurate, complex, and engaging understaning of history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula”

Articles, Directories, Platforms that Compile BIPOC-owned Businesses and Other BIPOC Voices:

Black-Owned Businesses – List of black-owned businesses in Cambridge put together by Cambridge Local First

Boston Black Business Guide – An online guide to black-owned businesses in the Boston Area

Colorlines – A news site published by Race Forward that features award-winning in-depth reporting, news analysis, opinion and curation”

Fifteen Percent Pledge (petition) – An effort to call on major retailers “to commit a minimum of 15% of their shelf space to Black-owned businesses.”

“Here are 60+ Black-owned restaurants to support in the Greater Boston area” (article) by Erin Kuschner

Official Black Wall Street Directory – A directory of black-owned businesses

Primarily Black Owned Businesses (spreadsheet)

SocialJusticeBooks.org – A Teaching for Change project that provides selections of “multicultural and social justice books for children, YA, and educators”

We Buy Black – An online global retail marketplace for black-owned businesses to display and sell their products

“30 Black-Owned Businesses to Support This Month and Beyond” (article) by Lauren Joseph

2019 Cambridge Business Diversity Directory – A list of businesses in Cambridge, MA owned by “women or minorities, including people of color, veterans, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ owners, and business owners of Portuguese descent”

Articles and Other Tools/Resource Guides:

Anti-Racism for Beginners + White People (resource guide)

Anti-Racism Resources (resource guide) – Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein

Anti-Racist Resource Guide (resource guide)

Antiracist Allyship Starter Pack (resource guide)

Asians Against Anti-Blackness Reading Group (resource guide/book club)

Critical Racial and Social Justice Education Resources (resource guide) – Robin DiAngelo

Educate yourself (resource guide) – Blacklivesmatters.carrd.co

Justice in June (resource guide) – Bryanna Wallace & Autumn Gupta

Racial Equity Tools – A resource that provides tools such as a Glossary, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to understand and help achieve racial justice

Shareable Anti-Racism Resource Guide (resource guide)

Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup (resource guide)

“10 Ways To Pay Reparations If You’re a Broke Ass White Person” by DiDi Delgado

“20 Actions White people & non-Black POCs in Corporate (and otherwise) can take to show up for Black People right now” by Michael J.A. Davis

“75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice” by Corinne Shutack

“135 Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color” by the Editors of The Strategist

Organizations and Campaigns to Support and Volunteer for:

Anti-Racism Collaborative – A multi-racial collective of anti-oppression educators and activists that provide “public courses and workshops, organizational trainings and consulting, and social movement partnerships”

Black Voters Matter – An organization dedicated to building power by increasing voter registration and turnout, advocating for policies that expand and protect voting rights, providing organizational development and training, and fund some election-related activities

Color of Change – An organization that leads campaigns that build real power for Black communities by challenging injustice, holding corporate and political leaders accountable, commissioning game-changing research on systems of inequality and advancing solutions for racial justice that can transform our world”

Embracing Equity – A nonprofit whose mission is to create racial justice through workshops, community building/healing, and leadership development

Facing Race – A national multiracial, and inter-generational conference on racial justice, presented by Race Forward

Justice Not Fear – An ongoing campaign for criminal justice reform

Mel King Institute for Community Building – An organization that provides services and resources for individuals, volunteers and professionals working on community development skills

NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) – “The nation’s foremost, largest, and most widely recognized civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, leading grassroots campaigns for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization.” (NAACP Boston branch)

Reclaim Our Vote – An ongoing campaign, organized by the Center for Common Ground, that utilizes volunteer and nonpartisan efforts to reach out to voters of color in “key voter suppression states” and ask them to check their voter registration statuses, re-register if needed and vote

Where Change Started – An organization that provides resources that teach people to become antiracist