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The Arts


“Lift Every Voice and Sing - often called the “Black National Anthem” from the poem by NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson

“Mississippi Goddam – Nina Simone, written after the murder of Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers in Mississippi and the bombing of the 16th St Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL in 1963

“Strange Fruit – Billie Holiday, based on poem by Abel Meeropol after he saw a photo of a lynching

Young, Gifted and Black – Nina Simone

“A Change is Gonna Come  - Sam Cooke


Opportunities for Self-Reflection

Me and White Supremacy - Layla Saad

My Grandmother’s Hands - Resmaa Menakem - “It has been deeply transforming. I think the Dialogue Circles does an amazing job of changing our minds. I've learned that my body is also significantly important, especially in shaping my implicit bias, working on white fragility, and truly being partners with people of color. I definitely recommend doing it slowly and taking the time to integrate the body practices.” - Emilie Boggis

Links to Other Resource Lists

Racial Equity Tools - excellent source of more resources plus an in-depth glossary of terms (thank you, Pauline D. for finding this one!)

Charleston Syllabus - a list of readings that can be used to spur conversations about racial violence in America, put together after the Mother Emanuel tragedy in Charleston, SC

Washington Post: Racism in America

​​Ibram Kendi's Anti-Racist Reading List - title says it all (thank you Michelle F.)

Cross Cultural Solidarity Project - Click on the ‘Resources’ tab in upper right corner, there is a plethora of categories and link to books and articles on different topics; thanks, J.B.!

21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge - even without the challenge, there are many good resources listed here (thank you, C.F.)

The Connection - a community wellness center in Summit serving neighboring towns; this page has book/podcast and other recommendations plus a list of independent bookstores to buy from; a link at the bottom of the page has a more in-depth reading list (thank you Marcia B.)

Short-Term Exhibits/Events/Projects

UVA Photography Exhibit of Black Life During Jim Crow - through September 2023

Black is Beautiful - photography exhibit at the NY Historical Society - through 1/15/23

Although everyone has their own entry point into this journey, we thought it might be helpful to identify some resources as beginner (•) and some as advanced (••). 

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