Starting Race Talk Resource List

Compiled by the Mel King Institute for Community Building’s Alliance for Racial Equity Steering Committee. As we set out to put together this list, we realized that there is a lot out there – here are a few of our go-to sites and other resources. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it will help you develop the language, tools, and tactics to start productive conversations about race in your organization and in your community. 

Websites and Guides 

Racial Equity Tools: This web-based resource “is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.” This website includes a fairly comprehensive glossary at  

PolicyLink Resources and Tools: PolicyLink is “a national research and action institute advancing racial and economic equity by Lifting Up What Works®.” Their resources and tools can be used “to advocate for public investments that create economic opportunity and health in all communities, integrate data into policy initiatives, and advance policies and strategies to build an economy in which everyone can participate and prosper.” These are grouped into three categories: Equitable Economy, Healthy Communities of Opportunity, and Just Society. 

Racial Equity Resource Guide: Compiled by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this website is a “comprehensive and interactive racial equity resource guide that includes practical resources including articles, organizations, research, books, media strategies and training curricula aimed at helping organizations and individuals working to achieve racial healing and equity in their communities.” 

Awake to Woke to Work: “Get the research that drives Equity in the Center’s data. Ground yourself in the process of building a Race Equity Culture. Explore the levers that drive change and the stages that mark transformation using the Race Equity Cycle. In collaboration with over 120 experts in the fields of DEI and race equity, we provide insights, tactics, and best practices to shift organizational culture and operationalize equity.” 

Equity Conversation Guides for Young Leaders and Partners by The Annie E. Casey Foundation: “A set of four guides with meeting materials for leaders to hold facilitated conversations about dismantling racism within systems that affect young people.” 

Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide by the Annie E. Casey Foundation: 7 Steps to Advance and Embed Race Equity and Inclusion Within Your Organization. 

A Teaching Tolerance Guide: Let’s Talk! Discussing Race, Racism, and Other Difficult Topics with Students: A guide to help educators “prepare to facilitate difficult conversations about race and racism.” 


Blogs, Papers, Articles, Videos, Podcasts 

“Love While Challenging Racist Behavior” by Ana Perez, March 22, 2018, from the Interaction Institute for Social Change Blog, originally published in 2016, regarding a facilitator’s experience managing a difficult and triggering conversation. 

“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh, 1988: A classic overview of White Privilege and an associated checklist. 

“The 10Cs: A Model of Diversity Awareness and Social Change” by Patti DeRosa and Ulric Johnson, 2003.

“White Fragility* Self-Test” by Ally Henny, October 5, 2018 (*using term “white fragility” as defined by Robin DiAngelo), available on Facebook and Twitter.  

Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo: 22-minute video; minutes 11-15 deal with segregation. 

Black Girl in Maine podcast episode #1 “Let’s Unpack Whiteness and How it Operates” by Shay Stewart-Bouley, featuring Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White. 41 minutes. 

“Tim Wise: On White Privilege (Clip)”: 9:30 minutes.