Books to Help You Undesign the Redline
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TedTalks on Race, Equity, and Inclusion
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference for Technology, Entertainment and Design, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues. Visit TED.com/talks to see and learn more.
The Bill Has Come Due for the US’s History of Racism
Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff
(June 2020, 6:35) - In addition to working with police departments to use their own data to
improve relationships with the communities they serve, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff
and his team encourage cities to take money from police budgets and
instead invest it directly in public resources for the community.
Want a More Just World? Be an Unlikely Ally
Nita Mosby Tyler
(Nov 2019, 10:15) - Citing a formative moment from her own life, equity advocate Nita Mosby
Tyler highlights why showing up and fighting for others who face injustices
beyond your own lived experience leads to a fairer, more just future for all.
It Takes a Community to Eradicate Hate
(Sept 2020, 10:59) - Community activist Wale Elegbedehe shares how his community in La Crosse, Wisconsin
came together to form an interfaith group in response to Islamophobia and racism – and
why a mentality of caring for your neighbors can make life better for everyone.
How to Reduce the Wealth Gap Between Black and White
Americans Kedra Newsome Reeves
(Oct 2020, 11:57) - The racial wealth gap in the US is shocking. Wealth equity strategist Kedra
Newsom Reeves provides a short history on the origins and perpetuation of
racial wealth inequality -- and outlines four ways financial institutions can expand
opportunity for Black individuals, families, entrepreneurs and communities.
How We Can Make Racism a Solvable Problem – and Improve Policing
Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff
(April 2019, 12:13) - In an actionable talk, justice scientist Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff shares his work at
the Center for Policing Equity, an organization that helps police departments
diagnose and track racial gaps in policing in order to eliminate them.
Why We Must Confront the Painful Parts of US History
Hasan Kwame Jeffries
(Feb 2020, 13:18) - Revisiting a significant yet overlooked piece of the past, Hasan Kwame
Jeffries emphasizes the need to weave historical context, no matter how
painful, into our understanding of modern society so we can disrupt the
continuum of inequality that massively affects marginalized communities.
Racism Has a Cost for Everyone
(Dec 2019, 14:21) - Heather McGhee shares startling insights into how racism fuels bad
policymaking and drains our economic potential, and offers a crucial rethink
on what we can do to create a more prosperous nation for all.
3 Ways We Can Redesign Cities for Equity & Inclusion
(May 2020, 26:29) - Cities are engines of culture, commerce, knowledge and community, but they’re also
centers of inequality and poverty. Architect and educator Vishaan Chakrabarti discusses
a new urban agenda that provides equitable housing, health care and transportation for
all – and helps build cities rooted in our desire to connect at a human level.
The Difference Between Being “Not Racist” and Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
(May 2020, 51:14) - Author and historian Ibram X. Kendi defines the transformative concept of
antiracism to help us more clearly recognize, take responsibility for, and reject
prejudices in our public policies, workplaces and personal beliefs.
The Music of Justice and Change
Throughout history music has held power, telling stories that have unified people marching for change. The songs below are based around lists from HumanRightsCareers.com. Every title is available in DML’s Music CD collection. You can also listen to our list on Spotify.
- Lift Every Voice and Sing
by James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson (1900)
Often referred to as the Black National Anthem, this song was originally written as a poem in 1900. It was later adopted by the NAACP and prominently used as a rallying cry during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
- We Shall Not Be Moved (Date Unknown)
The origin of this song is not clear, though lyricst trace back to the book of Jeremiah. Lyrics changed over the years. and by the 20th century, labor activists had adopted it as a protest song. The song then became iconic during the Civil Rights Movement.
- Strange Fruit by Abel Meeropol (1937)
"Strange Fruit" was originally published as a poem by Abel Meeropol as a protest against lynchings. He later set it to music. In 2002, the Library of Congress chose Billie Holiday’s signature 1939 version for the National Recording Registry.
- We Shall Overcome by Pete Seeger (1963)
This song is based on an old hymn sung by members of a union striking in 1945. In the 1960s, “We Shall Overcome” became the unofficial anthem of the Civil Rights movement. It has since transcended the US, sung at protests around the world.
- Blowin’ In the Wind by Bob Dylan (1963)
“Blowin’ In The Wind” is considered an anti-war song and Civil Rights anthem. Dylan has explained the song by saying the answer to questions about peace, war, and freedom are all around us, but if we aren’t paying attention, they fly away.
- A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke (1964)
Sam Cooke was inspired to write this song when he and his group were rejected from a whites-only hotel. The Civil Rights movement adopted the song immediately. In 2007, it was added to the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important.”
- The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
by Gil-Scott-Heron (1970)
The title from this song was originally a Black Power slogan from the 1960s. It refers to how the white-controlled media does not reflect the times or changes that America will go through. The song is full of pop culture references. It’s been sampled and referenced in many hip-hop songs.
- Imagine by John Lennon / Yoko Ono (1971)
“Imagine” is the best-selling single of John Lennon’s solo career. Released during the Vietnam War, Lennon asks the listener to imagine a utopia without borders, religions, or possessions.
- Redemption Song by Bob Marley & The Wailers (1980)
This song is considered one of Marley's greatest works. The lines "emancipate yourself from mental slavery" because "none but ourselves can free our minds" are from a 1937 speech by political activist Marcus Garvey.
- Fight the Power by Public Enemy (1989)
When asked to create a song for Spike Lee’s film Do the Right Thing, Public Enemy wrote “Fight the Power,” a song that describes the struggles of being black in America and calls for listeners to fight back against the slow progress of society.
- Changes by Tupac Shakur (1998)
Released two years after the rapper’s death, “Changes” expresses the complexity of social justice and issues including the war on drugs, police brutality, and black and white relations, as well as Shakur’s wish for reconciliation.
- Alright by Kendrick Lamar / Pharrell Williams / Mark Spears (2015)
At a Black Lives Matter gathering in Cleveland, protestors sang the “Alright,” chorus, and the song quickly became an anthem for the BLM movement.