Published On: June 3rd, 2020

The steps of Cambridge City Hall on June 2, 2020. Photo by Only in Boston.

The Cambridge Community Foundation is deeply involved in many of the issues that intersect with racial equity, and we’ve pledged to undergo a deep introspection of ourselves and our work, with an intentional lens on racial equity. Read more in a letter from our president, Geeta Pradhan.

We invite you to join us by educating ourselves and one another, being proactive, lifting up leaders of color, and learning about and rallying behind the organizations supporting our Black and Brown neighbors. Here are some resources shared by our community that can help us all on our journey to educate ourselves and take action. Please share widely! 

Resources to learn about Social and Racial Justice 

Langston Hughes’ poem - Freedom’s Plow 

Anti-racism Resources posted by activists Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein 

Bearing Witness: The Death of George Floyd (Facing History) 

75 Things White People Can do for Racial Justice 

How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change by Barack Obama 

Clairvoyance Installation #2: White People Read Reading List, curated by Diana Oh

Resources from the Politics of Race and Ethnicity Program at The Harvard Kennedy School 

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack by Peggy McIntosh 

How To Be An Anti-Racist (2019 NYT Best-Seller)

Confronting Prejudice: How to protect yourself and help others

Mapping Police Violence 

 Ally or Accomplice? The Language of Activism 

Eyes on the Prize: American Civil Rights Movement 

The Anti-Racist Reading List by Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi’s recommended reading list

The Case for Reparations (2014 article from The Atlantic)

White Fragility (2018 NYT Best-Seller)

89 Racial Equity Resources for Healthcare Workers, Educators, and More

The MSW@USC Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power, and Privilege

Local resources

Many Helping Hands 365 Racial Justice Resources and resources about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his work

Building Equity Bridges – Cambridge Public SchoolsBarriers to Equity in Cambridge Public Schools 

Many Voices Project: Poems by the People of Cambridge – Reflections on race, justice and equality after Ferguson and Staten Island– a 2015 Cambridge poetry project in response to the murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner

To watch or listen:

When They See Us (Netflix Miniseries)
13th (Netflix Documentary)
1619 (2019 Podcast from The New York Times)

Just Mercy by Brian Stevenson. The film is free to rent in June on digital platforms includingAmazon,iTunes,andVudu.  

Five-Part Series on Black Cambridge and Covid-19, hosted by School Committee Vice-Chair Manikka Bowman and Former Mayor and City Councilor Denise SimmonsWatch the first session on Education. Subscribe for future sessions: [email protected] or [email protected] 

Especially for families and children:

On June 6 at 10am: CNN and Sesame Street will host a “town hall” addressing racism

Social Justice Solutions: A Parent’s Guide to Discussing Racism

How to talk to your kids about race at any age

A Kids’ Book About Racism

Support Social Justice organizations  

Black Lives Matter

NAACP, Cambridge Chapter 

Sisters Unchained – Cambridge Community Foundation’s 2019 Imagined in Cambridge Social Innovation Award winner 

blackyard – 2020 Imagined in Cambridge Social Innovation Award winner

CRLS Black Student Union – a 2019 Imagined in Cambridge Social Innovation Award winner

United Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants 

Color of Change

National Lawyers Guild, MA 

Know Your Rights Camp 

Mass Bail Fund 

Black Visions Collective (Minneapolis) 

Reclaim The Block 

Ideas on ways to take action 

Movement for Black Lives Week of Action 

Indivisible – Actions to Take for Racial Justice  

Help get co-sponsors for the Omar-Pressley Resolution condemning police violence 

Advocate for digital equity and Municipal Broadband. Write to the City Manager asking for action towards creating Municipal Broadband: Louis DiPasquale, City Manager[email protected] Learn more from Upgrade Cambridge.