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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
A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches by 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 Jail by 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
“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
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
“Black Lives Matter Open Letter to the Board of the Women’s March” (January 16th, 2020) by April Goggans
“Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy” by Andrew Smith
“How to Be a Better White Person” by Michael Harriot
“Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color” by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw
Racial Equity Institute (blog)
“The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
“The Path to Reparations- A Letter to the Women’s March from BLM DC” (December 27th, 2019)
“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
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
Talks to celebrate Black History Month (Playlist)
The Link Between Health and Racism (Playlist)
Baratunde Thurston: How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time
Patrick Ferrucci: Shouldn’t sports be color-blind?
Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo: What it takes to be racially literate
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
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”
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
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)
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