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Watch & Learn More ("Let's Talk About Race")

So much to learn, so little time! Here are some visual resources for you can stream or download to learn more about structural racism and Black history in the United States.

  • How Structural Racism Works: Tricia Rose Professor Patricia Rose, Director of Brown University’s Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America

  • How Structural Racism Works: Tricia Rose (Shorter Version) Tricia Rose, Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America and Chancellor's Professor of Africana Studies, Brown University

  • Race Forward Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. Race Forward publishes the daily news site Colorlines and presents Facing Race, the country’s largest multiracial conference on racial justice. Where to start? Check out their video on systemic-racism

  • 13th The U.S. imprisons more people than any other country in the world, and a third of U.S. prisoners are black. In this infuriating documentary, director Ava DuVernay argues that mass incarceration, Jim Crow and slavery are "the three major racialized systems of control adopted in the United States to date."

  • I Am Not Your Negro Narrated by the words of James Baldwin with the voice of Samuel L. Jackson, I Am Not Your Negro connects the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter. Although Baldwin died nearly 30 years before the film's release, his observations about racial conflict are as incisive today as they were when he made them. Available from RPL on DVD or via Kanopy

  • Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise In this two-part series, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. chronicles the last 50 years of black history through a personal lens. Released days after the 2016 election, some themes of the documentary took on a deeper meaning amid Donald Trump's win. "Think of the civil rights movement to the present as a second Reconstruction — a 50-year Reconstruction — that ended last night," Available from RPL from hoopla or Kanopy

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