Racial Healing Resource Page

Racial Healing Resource Page


Updated May 2022

This list of resources include books, videos, articles, and other media sources that were curated to coincide with the Healing Illinois Grant Project in 2021.  It was updated and revised in May of 2022 for the Racial Healing Workshop Follow Up hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Social Work and Cooperative Extension Office

The list below is by no means intended to be a complete list of resources on the topic or race, racism, or racial history.  It is a starting place.  We recognize and acknowledge that everyone is at different spots on their racial healing journey, and we want to provide opportunities and options to meet people where they are. 

If you have any questions or would to discuss these topics further, please feel free to email don@lead4equity.com  – Don Owen, Lead for Equity and Engagement LLC or jmelvir@gmail.com – Jorge Elvir, Foster Advancement, Diversity, and Equity LLC.


Acho, E. (2020). Uncomfortable conversations with a Black man. New York, New York: Flatiron Books.

DiAngelo, R. (2018). White fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.

DuBose, M. S. & Ormseth, T. M. (2021). No stone unturned: A journal for antiracist equitable pedagogy. Atlanta, GA: Voyage East Media.

Grann, D. (2018). Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage murders and the birth of the FBI. New York, NY:  Vintage.

Grant, A. (2021).  Think Again: The power of knowing what you don’t know.  New York, NY: Viking.

Griffin, J. H. (1962).  Black like me. New York, New York: Penguin

Joseph, F. (2020). The Black Friend: On being a better white person. New York, New York: Penguin Random House

Kendi, D. I. X. (2020). Antiracist baby picture book. New York, NY: Kokila.

Kendi, D. I. X. (2016). Stamped from the beginning. Avalon Publishing Group.

Loewen, J. W. (2018). Lies my teacher told me: Everything your American history textbook got wrong. New York, NY: New Press.

Lowen, J. W. (2006).  Sundown Towns: The hidden history of American racism. New York, New York: Touchstone Publishing

Noah, T. (2016).  Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. Audible Solutions.

Oluo, I. (2018). So you want to talk about race. Seattle, WA: Seal Press.

Singleton, Glenn. (2014).  Courageous Conversations about Race. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press

Winters, Mary-Frances. (2020).  Black Fatigue: How racism erodes the mind, body, and spirit.  New York, NY: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Winters, Mary-Frances. (2017). We Can’t Talk about That at Work!: How to Talk about Race, Religion, Politics, and Other Polarizing Topics: a Guide for Bold, Inclusive Conversations. New York, NY: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.


DiAngelo, Robin.  “No, I Won’t Stop Saying ‘White Supremacy.’” (Published June 13, 2017); www.yesmagazine.org): https://www.yesmagazine.org/democracy/2017/06/30/no-i-wont-stop-saying-white-supremacy/

Tejeda, Andrew. “Representation Without Transformation: Can Hollywood Stop Changing Cartoon Characters of Color?”  (Published July 24, 2020; www.tor.com):  https://www.tor.com/2020/07/14/representation-without-transformation-can-hollywood-stop-changing-cartoon-characters-of-color/


“#RaceAnd… [Videos]”  RaceForward


“Independent Lens” PBS home for independent documentary films


“Jubilee – Middle Ground” YouTube Channel


“Media Bias Chart”  ad fontes media


“Talking about Race”  National Museum of African American History and Culture:


“Under Our Skin” Seattle Times Project:  https://projects.seattletimes.com/2016/under-our-skin/#

“What is Systemic Racism? [Videos] RaceForward



“The Bright Morning Podcast” Elena Aguilar https://brightmorningteam.com/podcasts/

“Code Switch” National Public Radio:  https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510312/codeswitch

“Everyday Conversations about Race for Everyday People” Race Convo:  https://raceconvo.com

“Nice White Parents” New York Times:  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/23/podcasts/nice-white-parents-serial.html

“Renegades: Born in the USA” Higher Ground: https://brucespringsteen.net/news/2021/renegades-born-in-the-usa

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