Engaged Citizens. Innovative Ideas.

Welcome to our co-created ADEI resource library!

We know and believe that “Black History Month” is not only for February. FutureHeights is committed to utilizing a lens of Anti-Racism Diversity Equity and Inclusion (ADEI) in our work each and every day. We are forever on a quest to continue our education, both individually (as a staff member, board member, or committee member) and collectively.

As part of that process, our Community & Civic Engagement Committee (CCEC) is curating this resource library through input from the FutureHeights family and through our community partners, friends, and neighbors.  If you have a suggestion for an addition to the library, please click here and complete this form or email Sarah at swolf@futureheights.org.

If you are interested in joining CCEC, please email Sarah – swolf@futureheights.org.



135 Racial Equity Resources for Education, Professional & Community Development, Health, and Civil Rights (College Consensus)

Anti-Racism Toolkit (Stanford University)

CACE Community Conversations: Student Toolkit (Cuyahoga County Citizens’ Advisory Council on Equity)

Guide to Undocumented Immigrants’ Rights, Benefits, & Resources

Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing (Environmental Justice/Environmental Racism)

Racial Justice Impact Assessment (The Center for Racial Justice Innovation)

Racial Equity Tools

Juneteenth (National Museum of African-American History & Culture, Smithsonian)



The Looking Glass Exercise (2021) (Dr. Adrianne Fletcher & The Community Innovation Network)

Stand Against Racism Challenge (YWCA)

Free By-Stander Intervention Trainings (Right to Be – formerly Hollaback)

Implicit Bias Test (Harvard University)

Neighborhood Leadership Workshop Series (FutureHeights)

Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation)

Racial Equity Institute Workshops (3rd Space Action Lab; these workshops have a participant fee)



Birthing Beautiful Communities

Community & Civic Engagement Committee (CCEC) (FutureHeights)

Community Innovation Network (Case Western Reserve University)

Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio

Racial Justice Task Force (City of Cleveland Heights)

Safer Heights

Social Justice Institute (Case Western Reserve University)




(alphabetical by author last name)

One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson

White Rage by Carol Anderson

A Black Woman’s History of the United States by Daina Berry-Raimey and Kali Nicole Gross

Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by Adrienne Brown

You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience edited by Tarana Burke and Brené Brown

The Deepest Well by Dr. Nadine Burkes

The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias by Dolly Chugh

African People in World History by John Henrik Clarke

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisis Coates

When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins

They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys of Sudan by Alephonsion Deng, Benson Deng, & Benjamin Ajak

White FragilityWhy It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism  by Robin DiAngelo

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman

The Strong Black Woman: How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women by Marita Golden

1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones

Rest is Resistance: A Manifesto by Tricia Hersey

The Everyday Language of White Racism by Jane Hill

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong

Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks

Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks

Call Me American: A Memoir by Abdi Nor Iftin

Resisting Segregation by Susan Kaeser

The Loneliest Americans by Jay Caspian Kang

How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Be the Bridge by Latosha Morrison

Speak: Find Your Voice, Trust Your Gut, and Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Tunde Oyeneyin

What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey

Represent: The Women’s Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World by June Diane Raphael & Kate Black

You Can’t Touch My Hair — And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson 

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

How the Word is Passed by Dr. Clint Smith

Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights by Gretchen Sorin

The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X



Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi



Black is Brown is Tan by Arnold Adoff, Illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully

* Follow The Conscious Kid on IG or FB for additional recommendations.



“And Still I Rise” (Maya Angelou)

“Hope is a Woman Who Has Lost Her Fear” (Alice Walker)



(alphabetical by author’s last name)

“Behind the Critical Race Theory Crackdown” by Sam Adler-Bell

“What are Black-owned banks and how to support them” by Karen Bennett

“#MeToo Founder Tarana Burke: You Have to Use Your Privilege to Serve Other People” by Emma Brockes

“Financial literacy in the Black Community” by Rachel Christian

“Anti-Black practices take heavy toll on mental health” by Maxine Davis

“The nightmare of the newly woke” by Melissa DePino

“The Transatlantic Slave Trade” published by the Equal Justice Institute (EJI)

“Women of color in the workplace: The persistent obstacles and how you can rise to meet them” by Fingerprint for Success

“Bulldozed and bisected: Highway construction built a legacy of inequality” by Suzanne Gamboa, Phil McCausland, Josh Lederman and Ben Popken

“What is multi-cultural education?  Guidance for educators on culturally responsive teaching” – Grand Canyon University

“Ibram X. Kendi defines what it means to be anti-racist” by Ibram X. Kendi

“Can Hair Straightening Products Cause Cancer?” by Michelle Llamas

“Chemical Hair Straightener Law Suits” by Michelle Llamas

“How to promote racial equity in the workplace” by Robert Livingston

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh

“If family or friends are arrested” by O’Mara Law Group

“This Makes Me Feel Uncomfortable…And Other Distressing Emotions Associated with Learning about Race and Racial Identity” by Deborah Plummer, PhD

“Five Activities for Teaching Diversity in the Classroom” by Purdue Global

“How Workplace Hair Discrimination Can Impact the Health of Black Women” by Travis Rodgers

“Teach Black History – Don’t Ban It” by Tracey Rogers

“Health Equity in Opioid Dependency Treatment: Differences in Opioid Treatment for Black and Latino Patients,” medically reviewed by Rebekah L. Rollston, MD, MPH

“Highways gutted American cities. So why did they build them?” by Joseph Stromberg

“Black and Brown Placemaking Rooted in Identity and Ownership” by Ebony Walden

“What is Critical Race Theory (CRT)?” by Georgie Williams

“The untold tale of America’s first spelling bee victor” by Nadine Yousif



“Keep Moving From This Mountain” (Martin Luther King Jr.)

“There is No Hierarchy of Oppression” (Audre Lorde)

“Super Tuesday” (Barack Obama)

“Remarks by the First Lady during Keynote Address at Young African Women Leaders Forum” (Michelle Obama)

“Ain’t I a Woman?” (Sojourner Truth)



African American Policy Forum

The Root




(alphabetical by podcast series title)

1619 Project (New York Times)

All My Relations

Cleveland Justice System (Season 3 of Serial)

Code Switch (NPR)

Curtis Flowers (Season 2 of APM’s In the Dark)

Dare to Lead (Brené Brown)

Eyes on Whiteness

Inside the Bricks (NPR)

  • Season One:  Woodhill Homes
  • Season Two: My Changing Neighborhood

Integrated Schools

Intersectionality Matters! (African-American Policy Forum)

Keep It (Crooked Media)

Nice White Parents (New York Times)

Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)


Reparations: The Big Payback

Sounds Like Hate (Southern Poverty Law Center)

Throughline (NPR)

Unlocking Us (Brené Brown)

Why is this Happening? (Chris Hayes)


Please note: some of the suggestions listed here are available via subscription-based platforms like Netflix or HBO and may not be accessible for free.


13th (Ava DuVernay, Netflix)

Baltimore Rising (HBO)

The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song (PBS)

Black History, Black Freedom, and Black Love (MasterClass)

Ernie and Joe: Crisis Cops (HBO)

Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street (New Day Films)

I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin)

John Lewis: Good Trouble

My Name is Pauli Murray

Paris is Burning

Poor Kids (PBS)

True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality (HBO)

The School That Tried to End Racism (Hulu)

 Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? (PBS)


MOVIE/FILM (not documentary)

Crown Heights

Fruitvale Station

The Hate U Give

Hidden Figures

Just Mercy

Malcolm X






Black-ish (ABC)

Dear White People (Netflix)

A Different World (Amazon Prime)

Pose (FX)

RuPaul’s Drag Race (MTV/Paramount+)

We’re Here (HBO)

When They See Us (Netflix)

The Wonder Years (2021) (ABC)



“And Still I Rise” (Maya Angelou)

“How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime” (Dr. Nadine Burkes)

“The Urgency of Intersectionality” (Kimberlé Crenshaw)

“What is Intersectionality?” (Kimberlé Crenshaw)

“There is No Hierarchy of Oppression” (Audre Lorde)

“Toni Morrison on Trauma, Survival, and Finding Meaning” (Toni Morrison)

“Critical Race Theory” (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver)

Social Work So White” (SWCares and Rachel Cargle)

“Sojourner Truth’s ‘Ain’t I a Woman’ Performed by Kerry Washington” 

“Hope is a Woman Who Has Lost Her Fear” (Alice Walker)



Adrienne Maree Brown – IG / FB

Austin Channing Brown – IG / FB

The Bail Project – IG / FB

Black Lives Matter – IG / FB

Be the Bridge – Facebook Group

The Black School – IG / FB

The Conscious Kid – IG / FB

EMILY’S List – IG / FB

Fair Fight Action – IG / FB

Ibram X. Kendi – IG / FB

Know Your Rights Campaign – IG / FB

My Brother’s Keeper – IG / FB

Say Her Name – IG / FB

The Slacktivists – IG / FB

The Slow Factory – IG / FB


If you have any questions or feedback about this resource library, please reach out to Sarah – swolf@futureheights.org.