In 2018, Saint Mary’s College created a statement in which we declared our commitment to fight for justice for all marginalized, victimized populations, and we pledged actively to disrupt the dehumanizing effects caused by systemic and individual racism. You can read the full statement on our main department page. As a College, we challenge ourselves and you to commit to engage in continuous learning to understand the challenges of communities impacted by racial injustice. The following resources are available to develop awareness and overcome bias.


Why ‘All Lives Matter’ Is Such a Perilous Phrase by Daniel Victor
(A conversation on why #AllLivesMatter discounts the significance of #BlackLivesMatter)

The Morning After: Dealing with the Traumatic Effects of Being Black in America by Redgina Hill, PhD

The Assumptions of White Privilege and What We Can Do About It 
*suggested* (Provides a historical timeline of events that have lead to recent protests and compels the White community to take action)

The 1619 Project

The 1619 Project Curriculum

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

The Massacre of Black Wall Street


God of the Oppressed by James Cone

Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis

An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz

The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee

The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés ReséndezMe and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Between the World & Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates *suggested* (This is an open letter to the author’s son about the realities of being a Black man in America)

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Writing Beyond Race by bell hooks

White Privilege: Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism by Paula Rothenberg

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Race Matters by Cornel West

The Sovereignty of Quiet: Beyond Resistance in Black Culture by Kevin Quashie

The Meaning of Freedom by Angela Davis

Critical Race Theory by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi

White Out: Understanding White Privilege and Dominance in the Modern Age by Alexander Jun and Christopher S. Collins

White Jesus: The Architecture of Racism in Religion and Education by Alexander Jun, Tabitha Jones- Jolivet, Allison Ash, and Christopher S. Collins

I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper

The Souls of Black Folks by W.E.B. Du Bois

Intersectionality by Patricia Hill Collins and Sirma Bilge

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire

Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks

For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood by Christopher Emdin

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton and Lara Love Hardin

Stolen Justice: The Struggle for African American Voting Rights by Lawrence Goldstone

This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on how to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Rozanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Films and TV Series

13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix *suggested* (This documentary explores how the Thirteenth Amendment led to an epidemic of mass incarceration in the United States)

American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix

Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent

Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent

Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix

Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent

I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy

If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu

Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent

King In The Wilderness  — HBO

See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix

Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent

The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax

When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix


1619 (New York Times) *suggested* (This project aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and contributions of Black Americans at the center of our national narrative) 

About Race

Code Switch (NPR)

Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast

Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)

Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)

Seeing White

Talking Race With Young Children (NPR Podcast)

Faith Based

Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race and Being by Copeland, M. Shawn

A Framework for Anti-Racism and Racial Recognition in the Episcopal Church by The Episcopal Church

A Social Statement: Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity and Culture by Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

Mennonite Church USA Statement on Racial Justice (and other resources) by Mennonite Church USA

Recommit to Racial Justice Guide by Network: Advocates for Social Justice, Inspired by Sisters

Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love. A Pastoral Letter Against Racism by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Racial Justice and the Catholic Church by Bryan Massingale