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Curated by Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., Seema G. Pothini, MN-NAME, and Marguerite Penick-Parks

©2014-2024 All Rights Reserved America & Moore, LLC

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”


This quote by Nelson Mandela reminds us, as educators, that we bear a great responsibility. Our students and families need us to dismantle systemic racial barriers which impede their success, while also cultivating a passion for learning. We have pulled together some resources that can help you on this journey and want to remind you to engage with a sense of urgency. Utilize the following resources to educate, inspire, and bring to the forefront the narratives which are often absent in the educational setting. Information is power, and we hope you use this power to act, not just absorb.

White privilege has a powerful impact on systemic inequities in education. The resources below help shine a light on that issue but also provide some general awareness for your own personal development. We recommend that you complete this challenge with friends, co-workers, family, or others so that you can share the impact and your “aha!" moments. If you choose to do it individually, make sure to find a way to connect with others in order to process your learning. Feel free to utilize the 21 Day Challenge Facebook page as well.

Thank you for your commitment to work towards educational equity and create antiracist and bias free environments for students and families. Let’s go!


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Your Silence Is a Knee on My Neck


Natasha Cloud

The Players Tribune 

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Getting Started: Kids Are Ready to Talk About Race


We Stories

A. Jackson, Ph.D smiling

Video Classism – COVID-19 & Your Students


A. Jackson

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Avoiding Racial Equity Detours


Paul Gorski

Educational Leadership

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Why Some Parents Don’t Come to School


Margaret Finders and Cynthia Lewis

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

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I Was Racist and Didn't Even Know It


Laurie Calvert

ED Post

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A Crooked Seat at the Table: Black and Alone in An Honor’s Class


Kiara Lee-Heart

SPLC Learning for Justice

Emily Liu smiling

Covid-19 Has Inflamed Racism Against Asian-Americans

Emily Liu


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Toolkit for Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice – Addressing the “N-word”

SPLC Learning for Justice

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Race Talk: Engaging Young People in Conversations about Race and Racism

Anti Defamation League


Read the guides online. Where to find the books?

Check your local library. Borrow from a colleague, friend, or school. Or purchase from a local independent bookstore. You can also use these online options to source your selections.

Amazon logo, click to link
Book Riot link logo, click to link
Indiebound link
ThriftBooks logo

Click here to find Black-owned bookstores by state that have online shopping.

We want to do more than survive

We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom


Bettina L. Love

Book cover Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys

The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys


Eddie Moore Jr.,

Ali Michael, and Marguerite W. Penick-Parks

Case Study

Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education


Paul C. Gorski and Seema G. Pothini

We Got This

We Got This


Cornelius Minor

Talk About Race bookcover

So You Want to Talk About Race


Ljeoma Oluo

Racism Without Racists bookcover

Racism Without Racists


Edwardo Bonilla-Silva

Push Out bookcover

Pushout, The Criminality of Black Girls


Monique W. Morris

Waking Up White bookcover

Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race


Debby Irving

Evaluation American Indian Materials bookcover

Evaluating American Indian Books & Resources for the Classroom


Indian Education for All – Montana Office of Public Instruction

Beyond the Golden Rule bookcover

Beyond the Golden Rule


A Teaching Tolerance Publication


Great for you to read and share with students.

Amazon logo, click to link
Book Riot link logo, click to link
Indiebound link
ThriftBooks logo

Click here to find Black-owned bookstores by state that have online shopping.

Warriors Don't Cry

Warriors Don't Cry


Melba Pattillo Beals

When We're Alone

When We Were Alone


David A. Robertson

Not Dying with You

I’m Not Dying with You Tonight


Kimberly Jones

What Lane

What Lane?


Torrey Maldonado

Harbor Me

Harbor Me


Jacqueline Woodson

American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese


Gene Luen Yang

Proudest Blue

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family


Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali


Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You


Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynold

Shin-chi's Canoe

Shin-chi's Canoe


Nicola I. Campbell

Just Ask

Just Ask


Sonya Sotomayor


Access most where you listen to podcasts

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Counter Stories

Anthony Galloway, Luz Maria Frias, Don Eubanks and Hlee Lee


1619 Podcast

The 1619 Project

Nikole Hannah-Jones

New York Times

Black Wall Street

Dreams of Black Wall Street Podcast

Nia Clark

Teaching hard history

Teaching Hard History Podcast

Learning for Justice


The Nod

The Nod Podcast




I Am Not Your Negro

James Baldwin

(2 minutes)

An Interview with the Founders of Black Lives Matter



(16 minutes)

Fannie Lou Hamer's 1964 Testimony


(9 minutes)

Unequal Opportunity Race


(4 minutes)

Celebrating Resilience – Reframing the Narrative Around Our Students


Clint Smith


(12 minutes)

Inclusion Over Diversity


Kenyona Matthews

(11 minutes)

Teenagers Discuss Microaggressions



(2 minutes)

How to Teach Kids to Talk About Taboo Topics


Liz Kleinrock

(12 minutes)

The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child's Bookshelf


Grace Lin

TEDx Talks

(12 minutes)


13th Documentary

(1 hour, 40 minutes)


The Hate You Give

(2 hours, 12 minutes)

*Rent or buy: Amazon Video, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube, and more

An Argument Between Racist and Anti-Racist Ideas

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

(1 hour)

Dr. Robin DiAngelo Discusses White Fragility

(1 hour, 25 minutes)

Understanding Equity and Inequity

(free and fee-based online courses)

Hidden Figures*


(2 hours, 7 minutes)

*Watch free: Tubi

Rent or buy: Amazon Video, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube, and more

Teach Us All*


(1 hour, 20 minutes)


When They See Us*


(About 1 hour per episode)

Race The Power of Illusion


(3 episodes)

*Watch on Vimeo

Includes episode excerpts

21 Anti-Racism Videos To Share With Kids


We Are Teachers

(Length varies)

Note: Some are better than others


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Once you deepen your understanding of  white privilege and barriers in our educational system for youth who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color) you will start to notice inequities everywhere. We hope you look at your spheres of influence and take time to notice.

Notice Questions:

• Who is included? 

• Whose voice is missing? • What barriers to participation might exist?  • What is shown as being valued?

• What assumptions of knowledge are made?

• Is only racial harmony stressed or are challenges recognized as well?

• Is it a celebration of diversity or an insistence on equity?

Aspects to Examine:

  1. Classroom & Hallway Walls

  2. Interactions with Staff of Color

  3. District Website

  4. Social Media Posts and What People Are Not Saying

  5. Curriculum & Student Books

  6. Parent/Caregiver Interactions and Perceptions

  7. School Calendar: Holidays and Annual School Events and Celebrations

  8. PTA/PTO/ or Other Volunteer Groups That Help the School

9. Virtual Learning & Interactions

• How do staff video messages to students highlight privilege, even if unintentionally?

• What assumptions are made based on student participation in video calls? • What message is sent to other students as to the absence of some students?

10. Professional Development Opportunities

• Are words like privilege and racism used or words like culture and differences?



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Follow racial justice activists, educators, organizations, and movements on social media. (You can explore posts without having an account.) Consider connecting with any of the people or organizations you learn from other actions.

Pro Tip: Check out who these organizations follow, quote, share, and retweet to find more people and organizations to follow.

Equity Literacy Institute

Humanize My Hoodie

Anti-Racism Calendar (developed by a student)

Cornelius Minor - Twitter & Facebook

African American Registry

Teaching Tolerance

Race Forward


Black Minds Matter



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Engagement can be the hardest part for people new to racial justice work. Engaging in racially mixed settings can trigger age-old power and privilege dynamics. The goal is to be a learner, more than a know-er, exactly the opposite of what dominant US culture teaches us to be.

Participate in staff development opportunities:

  • Online

  • School or District

  • Regional

  • National

  • Book Clubs

Attend the national #WPC or a regional #WPS


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Though many people believe they need to wait until they better understand privilege and racism before acting, please know that your students cannot afford for more time to pass without you exhibiting some advocacy.


  • Name your commitment to learning about anti-racism  to your friends, family, and on your social media posts.

  • Convey to all in your circle that the point of racial justice is not to hate on white people, it’s to create a more loving and humane world for ALL. We can’t fix the problem if we don’t name the problem.

  • Research a policy in your district/campus that targets or alienates  BIPOC youth (hoodie policy or use of racial slurs). Reach out to school board to seek clarification.

  • Prepare yourself to interrupt racial jokes. Click here for some advice about how.

  • Learn how to be an ALLY for racial equity. Watch this video and share it with a colleague and discuss how you can be a better ally for staff who identify as BIPOC.

  • Research candidates running for local office (city council & school board). Ask them questions about how they have disrupted racism in the past and what their plan is to dismantle systemic oppression, or what issues in the BIPOC community concern them the most. (We can only imagine how surprising this question might be!)

  • Reach out to students and families who are underserved by doing a home visit with a simple, positive message like, “Thank you,” or “You are Missed.” Let them know their voice matters as you go through the school year and as decisions are made. See what you or the institution can do to better help them share their input (don’t tell them what they need to do).

  • Check out this resource regarding social justice standards by grade level. Choose one standard in the “Justice” category and create a lesson to use with your students immediately.

  • Solicit input from colleagues about antidotes students, staff, or families have shared regarding racism or lack of inclusion in your educational setting. Perhaps these are microaggressions but gather these antidotes so that the work you do is personal and local. Often times, educators  are not even aware that exclusion or racism is an issue in the educational setting.


Let people know you are not neutral!



Difficult emotions––such as shame and anger––though uncomfortable to feel, can guide you to deeper self-awareness about how power and privilege impacts you and the people in your life.

Reflecting and journaling enhances learning. By using a 21-Day Reflect tool each day, you discover how much you are actually understanding and making meaning. It helps you to transform your personal experience into a learning experience, and thus build your racial equity habits.


Disrupting white supremacy, white privilege, and other forms of oppression can be emotionally taxing and exhausting. You will need to fuel up to stay in the work. We offer ideas to explore through the link below.

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