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Center for Cultural Resources: Racial Justice

The Center for Cultural Resources (CCR) at Indiana University Southeast is designated as an integral part of the IU Southeast Curriculum Materials Center for Education students, area teachers, and others involved in diversity education.

Defining Racial Justice

Racial justice is the systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all. Racial justice — or racial equity — goes beyond “anti-racism.” It is not just the absence of discrimination and inequities, but also the presence of deliberate systems and supports to achieve and sustain racial equity through proactive and preventative measures.

Racial Justice Resources

A Cultural Conversation about Black Lives: A Call to Listen, To Learn, and To Act.

June 24, 2020

Hosted by the Center for Cultural Resources Board and School of Education


Resources from our IU Southeast Faculty Panelists for Learning More About their Presentations


Dr. Johnny Alse, Professor of Economics

Kim, M.  (2020).  30+ Ways Asians Perpetuate Anti-Black Racism Everyday. Medium.


·         Indians’ Debt to Black America | Huffington Post

·         20+ Allyship Actions for Asians to Show Up for the Black Community Right Now 

   "How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion": Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools​


Dr. James Hesselman, Professor of Theatre, Dean of Arts and Letters

Kendi, I. X. (2019). How to be an antiracist. First Edition. New York: One World. (See Books box.)


Dr. Eric Schansberg, Professor of Economics

Sowell, T. (1994). Race and culture : a world view. New York: Basic Books.  (See Books below.)

Steele, S. (1991). The content of our character : a new vision of race in America. 1st HarperPerennial ed. New York, NY: HarperPerennial.

Coleman Hughes, “Stories and Data” (City Journal, 2020)

Voddie Baucham, “Ethnic Gnosticism” (

John McWhorter; various books and essays​


Dr.  Faye Camahaln, Professor of Education

Let's talk about anti-blackness (

Anti-Black Racism Classroom and Curriculum Strategies: a list of resources to address anti-black racism in the classroom (

Black Lives Matter by Teaching Tolerance (


Dr. Melissa S, Fry,  Director of the Applied Research and Education Center

Black Voices for listening:

The Root

The Black Scholar—which has some brilliant pieces:

The grio 


Dear Culture 

Code Switch 

Still Processing 

The Read (pop culture focus) 

The Daily is doing a good job with the current events. 

"The Sunday Read" on June 7th was amazing: 

Intersectionality Highlights: 


Talks to help get you informed: 

These are TED, NYTimes, PBS News Hour and other sources and we could push them out—one each day. Choose one to highlight in an event. 


READ BELL HOOKS—one of the most prolific writers of our time. She will push you to think. You need not agree with every argument she makes, but you will be a more thoughtful human if you engage her work. 

Cornel West 

Aldon Morris 

Melvin Oliver  

Stephen L. Carter 

Ta-Nehisi Coates 

Patricia Hill Collins 

Kimberle W. Crenshaw 

Angela Y. Davis 

Randall Kennedy---Excellent Book on Race, Crime, and the Law 

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 

Annette Gordon-Reed 

Toni Morrison 

William Julius Wilson 

Paul Pierson and Jacob Hacker (Political Scientists who  have done significant and important work on policy and inequality) 

Tim Wise (Vocal and prolific white anti-racist) 

Organizations to Support and Follow 

Black Lives Matter 


Southern Poverty Law Center 

United Negro College Fund 

Louisville Urban League


1619 Project in the New York Times—articles and podcasts 


Race: The Power of an Illusion (Available through IUS Films on Demand) 

Street Fight 

Eyes on the Prize 

I Am Not Your Negro 


White People 

Freedom Riders 

Crime + Punishment 

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 

Brother Outsider 

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross 

Slavery by Another Name 

Soundtrack for a Revolution 

Dark Girls 

The Black List 

Breaking the Huddle: The Integration of College Football 

Banished: How Whites Drove Blacks Out of Town in America 

When the Levees Broke: A requiem in Four Acts" 

What's Race Got to Do With It? 

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow 

Black is, Black Ain't 

Teaching Indians to be White 

A Class Divided 

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution 



Fruitvale Station 

Malcolm X 


12 Years  a Slave 

Just Mercy 


The Help [and the dialogue around it—critiques are an important part of what you can teach with this. But it is teachable. Many students have already watched it so it comes up in the race class even though I don't show it.] 



The Tuskegee Airmen 

Red Tails 

Hidden Figures 

Boys 'n the Hood 

Stand and Deliver 

Black Panther [and the dialogue around it] 

Do the Right Thing 


Shorter Topical Video Clips 

Tulsa Massacre 

The massacre of Tulsa's "Black Wall Street" 


The Angela Y. Davis Reader 

Critical Race Feminism               

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

Say Her Name, Zetta Elliott 

The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. DuBois—Truly one of the best books of all time. 

Black Wealth, White Wealth, Melvin Oliver and Thomas Shapiro 

Living with  Racism, Thomas Shapiro 

White Privilege, Paula Rothenberg 

An American Dilemma (Parts I and II), Gunnar Myrdal 

Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson 

Racial Formation in the United States, Michael Omi 

This Little Light of Mine, Kay Mills (If you do not know Fannie Lou Hamer, I encourage you to get to know her. She was an amazing woman and learning her story will inspire you.) 

Between Women, Judith Rollins (on relationships between Black domestics and the white women who employ them—really a brilliant piece of qualitative Sociology) 

All is Never Said: The Story of Odette Harper Hines, Judith Rollins 



Books from the IU Southeast Library

Resources for Teachers

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