Social Justice and Reconciliation Resources

Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education

Kay Landis, Editor

Produced in partnership by The University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University.

Civil discourse is the cornerstone of the university experience, and our classrooms and laboratories are ideal venues for teaching it. As standard practice, we challenge our assumptions, question what we know, and seek new understanding rather than rigidly defending what we have developed in the past. In this process of inquiry, we rely on critical thinking, inclusiveness, tolerance, and respect to create new knowledge and reframe old tenets to the emerging world.

This May be the Last Time

1h 30min | Documentary, Drama, History | 19 January 2014

An investigation into Native American filmmaker Harjo's family history, namely the mysterious 1962 disappearance of his grandfather and the songs of encouragement sung by those who searched for him.

American Dreams Deferred

1h 30min | Documentary, Biography, Family | July 2010

An NYU graduate student turns the camera on his Puerto Rican-American family in Fayetteville, North Carolina plagued by ills typifying certain urban settings: chronic health issues, poverty, drugs, jail, HIV, domestic violence and unplanned pregnancies. Set against a backdrop of Coney Island, one takes a journey through the U.S. health care system and the educational pursuits of the next generation. Through the lens of modern-day pride and prejudice, this is a lesson in unconditional love and who attains the American dream.


TV-MA | 1h 40min | Documentary, Crime, News | 7 October 2016

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

The Hate You Give

PG-13 | 2h 13min | Crime, Drama | 19 October 2018

Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right.

If Beale Street Could Talk

R | 1h 59min | Drama, Romance | 25 December 2018

A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn't commit.

When They See Us

TV-MA | 4h 56min | Biography, Crime, Drama | TV Mini-Series (2019)

Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.

Just Mercy

PG-13 | 2h 17min | Biography, Crime, Drama | 10 January 2020

World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.

Every Girl - Movies, Shows and Documentaries

June 4, 2020 –

29 Movies, Shows, and Documentaries to Watch to Educate Yourself on Racial Injustice

Beginning your anti-racist journey

Updated June 8, 2020 – Google doc

Beginning Your Antiracist Journey – Ideas, action steps, lists of articles, videos and books

Anti-racism resources

Google doc

This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. Resources such as books, podcasts, articles, films, and organizations to follow on social media

Racial Equity Tools: Book and Film List

The lists of written resources (books, articles) and videos and films provided here come from a number of organizations. Please use them to learn more about racial equity concepts, issues and strategies.

26 Ways to be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets

This list is designed to celebrate all the ways that our communities can engage in liberation. For a range of reasons, there are and always have been folks who cannot attend rallies and protests but who continue to contribute to ending police and state violence against black people.

Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources

Google doc – updated June 12, 2020

This is a working document for scaffolding anti-racism resources. The goal is to facilitate growth for white folks to become allies, and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work. These resources have been ordered in an attempt to make them more accessible. We will continue to add resources.

Brookhaven College Social Justice Library

By Dallas College – Brookhaven Campus

Resources covering civil rights and social justice = including racism, racial injustice, white privilege, microaggressions, xenophobia, stereotyping, diversity, equity, inclusion and more.

List of books, films and podcasts about racism, June 7, 2020

This list of books, films and podcasts about racism is a start, not a panacea. We've complied a reading list acknowledging that, while it's important to have information, this list is not a prescription.

Diversity and inclusive publications

Association of American College and Universities –

Diversity Equity and Inclusive Excellence Publications

Anti-Oppression Guide: Anti-Racism

Google doc - Lesley Library

The Lesley Library stands in solidarity with the Black community to condemn racially motivated acts of violence and commits to dismantling systemic racism. We are devastated by the senseless killing of George Floyd and so many others. We are hurting, but we are not helpless. If you're interested in learning more, we invite you to join us in the coming weeks, as we share resources about the criminal justice system, prisons and policing, privilege and racial bias, how to talk about race, and more.