Many of you are involved in or are following current movements around the world to promote racial justice and end systemic anti-Black violence and oppression.
Below are books, films and podcasts gathered by members of the Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging at Columbia, in partnership with Columbia Libraries, along with a list of organizations advocating for justice across the country and a Columbia conversation about race. You can use these resources to learn about and engage on these issues.
Please note: this list is updated frequently, so please check back often. Write to [email protected] with questions or recommendations.
All descriptions (visible when hovering on book covers below) are excerpted from the book summaries.
Films and Videos
This documentary tells the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, one of the 20th-century's most alluring and controversial organizations that captivated the world's attention for nearly 50 years. (Image courtesy of IMDB.com.)
Poet Claudia Rankine and choreographer Will Rawls discuss the themes of their Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago performance What Remains, which explores how erasure and exposure shape Black American life. (Photo by John Lucas, used by permission of the photographer.)
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. (Image courtesy of IMDB.com)
On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied rowhouse. Using only archival news coverage and interviews, first-time filmmaker James Osder brought to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern U.S. history. (Image courtesy of IMDB.com.)
Victoria Cruz investigates the mysterious 1992 death of Black gay rights activist and Stonewall veteran, Marsha P. Johnson. The film uses archival interviews with Johnson and new interviews with Johnson's family, friends and fellow activists. (Image courtesy of Netflix.)
- America’s Racial Contract Is Showing | The Atlantic
- My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant | The New York Times Magazine
- The Case For Reparations| The Atlantic
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
- The 1619 Project | The New York Times Magazine
- The Intersectionality Wars | Vox
- Who Gets to Be Afraid in America? | The Atlantic
- ‘Every Work of American Literature Is About Race’: Writers on How We Got Here | The New York Times
Racial Justice, the Chauvin Trial and Beyond - April 20, 2021
Racial Justice Outlook: Possibilities of Progress in 2021 and Beyond - March 18, 2021
Black Lives Matter, Protest and Creating Change - June 11, 2020