"The time is always right to do what is right." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Many Helping Hands 365 is building 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 are beginning 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 have made a beginning in gathering these resoures with the help of YWCA Cambridge, many volunteers at the 2020 MLK Day of Service and colleagues and friends.

Our hope is to inspire more people to find a path to create racial equality 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

Racial Justice Resources

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

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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

How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X Kendi

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

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

Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

Stony the Road by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The Danger of A Single Story by Chinamanda Adichi

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Waking Up White by Debby Irving

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

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

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

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

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”

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

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”

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

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

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”

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”

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”

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”

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)

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

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

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

Where Change Started – A resource that teaches people to become antiracist

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