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FROM DR. MARCELLA RUNELL HALL

WRITINGS

Book | UnCommon Bonds: Women Reflect on Race and Friendship
UnCommon Bonds is a collection of essays written by women representing multiple identities; all uniquely addressing the impactful experiences of race, ethnicity, and friendship in the context of the United States.

Book  |  Love, Race, and Liberation; 'Til the White Day is Done

This book was conceived by educator-activists JLove Calderon and Marcella Runell Hall in an effort to put action steps behind anti-racist rhetoric, in a move toward being truly and unapologetically pro-liberation--for everyone. 

Article  |  "An Open Letter regarding the CNN Sesame Street Town Hall on Racism", Medium.com

Marcella Runell Hall & Rani Varghese address the CNN Sesame Street Town Hall on Racism in the spirit of love & dialogue.

VIDEOS

"Talking About Race & Racial Justice with Children and Young Adults", UMASS-Amherst
This important and timely discussion about how adults can engage with the children and youth in their lives around the topics of race and racial justice was hosted by the UMass Amherst College of Education and co-sponsored by the Center of Racial Justice and Youth Engaged Research

"Mommy In Chief – Episode 3: Socially Responsible Kids", MADAMENOIR

Election Day is the perfect opportunity to teach your kids how to be model citizens. In this episode, our Mommy In Chief and featured guest will offer some recommendations for raising socially responsible children.

"We Are Tanenbaum", Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding

Educator Marcella Runell-Hall talks about the impact the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding has on her work and on society.

"Raising Multiracial Children, Part 1: Examining Multiracial Identity", EmbraceRace.org

Roughly one in seven U.S. infants (14%) are multiracial or multiethnic (Pew, 2017), but what does it mean to be multiracial? It’s complicated! In Part 1 in this conversation about raising multiracial kids we speak with our guests  - Drs. Victoria Malaney Brown, Marcella Runell Hall and Kelly Faye Jackson - about some of the complexities of identifying with more than one race, and about the pivotal role families play in shaping how multiracial children come to understand themselves and the world around them.

"Raising Multiracial Children, Part 2: Anti-Blackness in Multiracial Families", EmbraceRace.org

In Part 2 of this conversation about raising multiracial kids, our guests  - Drs. Victoria Malaney Brown, Marcella Runell Hall and Kelly Faye Jackson - return to discuss anti-Blackness and how anti-Black messaging shows up in multiracial families (including non-Black families).

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FROM OTHER PROFESSIONALS

Anti-Racism Resources, compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker & Alyssa Klein
Activist filmmaker Sarah Sophie Flicker and writer Alyssa Klein completed list of their suggested resources, curated in May 2020.

Liza Talusan: Educator, Facilitator, and Strategic Change Partner

Dr. Talusan offers professional coaching for education and organization leaders looking to build diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice with her workshops.

Tanya Williams, AuthenticSeeds.org

Dr. Williams is a social justice educator, researcher and coach who helps individuals understand their identities, their power, their abilities, and their potential for liberation.

Romney Associates, Inc.

Dr. Romney and her team conduct leadership coaching to bring an anti-racism approach to the top leaders, creating a positive trickle-down effect within the whole organization

Dr. Barbara J. Love

Consultant, Coach, Author, and Lecturer focused on fostering liberatory consciousness and black liberation

Rha Goddess | Move the Crowd

Life coach and business consultant helping hundreds of people find success through alignment.

Woke Kindergarten

Global abolitionist early learning community.

 
 

books

TO READ

"Parenting for Liberation: A Guide for Raising Black Children" by Trina Greene Brown

'Speaking directly to parents raising Black children in a world of police brutality, racialized violence, and disenfranchisement, Parenting for Liberation combines powerful storytelling with practical exercises, encouraging readers to imagine parenting methods rooted in liberated rather than fear. This guide fills a critical gap in currently available resources for parenting.'

"'A Course in Miracles', The Foundation for Inner Peace"by Dr. Helen Schucman

'A Course In Miracles (ACIM) is a unique spiritual self-study program designed to awaken us to the truth of our oneness with God and Love. Would you like to feel peaceful even in difficult circumstances? Would you like all of your relationships to be loving? Would you like to feel more connected to your Source?'

"All Joy, No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting" by Jennifer Senior

'Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. But almost none have thought to ask: What are the effects of children on their parents? In All Joy and No Fun, award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior analyzes the many ways children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self. '

"The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Tell Your Family History, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More" by Bruce Feiler

'In The Secrets of Happy Families, New York Times bestselling author Bruce Feiler has drawn up a blueprint for modern families — a new approach to family dynamics, inspired by cutting-edge techniques gathered from experts in the disciplines of science, business, sports, and the military.'

"The Awakened Family: How to Raise Empowered, Resilient, and Conscious Children" by Shefali Tsabary Ph.D.

'We all have the capacity to raise children who are highly resilient and emotionally connected. However, many of us are unable to because we are blinded by modern misconceptions of parenting and our own inner limitations. In The Awakened Family, I show you how you can cultivate a relationship with your children so they can thrive; moreover, you can be transformed to a state of greater calm, compassion and wisdom as well.'

"Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" by Dr. Beverly Tatum

'Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides.'

"This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work" by Tiffany Jewell

'Who are you? What is racism? Where does it come from? Why does it exist? What can you do to disrupt it? Learn about social identities, the history of racism and resistance against it, and how you can use your anti-racist lens and voice to move the world toward equity and liberation.

"In a racist society, it's not enough to be non-racist--we must be ANTI-RACIST." --Angela Davis'

"A Kid’s Book About Racism" by Jelani Memory

'Yes, this really is a kids book about racism. Inside, you’ll find a clear description of what racism is, how it makes people feel when they experience it, and how to spot it when it happens. This is one conversation that’s never too early to start, and this book was written to be an introduction for kids on the topic.'

"Young Water Protectors: A Story About Standing Rock" by Aslan Tudor

'At the not-so-tender age of 8, Aslan arrived in North Dakota to help stop a pipeline. A few months later he returned - and saw the whole world watching. Read about his inspiring experiences in the Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock. Learn about what exactly happened there, and why. Be inspired by Aslan’s story of the daily life of Standing Rock’s young water protectors. Mni Wiconi ... Water is Life.'

"Young Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present" by Jamia Wilson

'Meet 52 icons of color from the past and present in this celebration of inspirational achievement—a collection of stories about changemakers to encourage, inspire, and empower the next generation of changemakers. Jamia Wilson has carefully curated this range of black icons and the book is stylishly brought together by Andrea Pippins’ colorful and celebratory illustrations.'

"Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years" by Bill Bigelow

'This is a revised and expanded edition of a popular 1991 booklet that changed the way "the discovery of America" is taught in classroom and community settings. The new edition has over 100 pp. of new material, including a role-play trial of Columbus, materials on Thanksgiving Day, resources, historical documents, poetry, and more. It will help readers replace murky legends with a better sense of who we are and why we are here -- and celebrates over 500 years of the courageous struggles and lasting wisdom of native peoples.'

"America's Black Founders: Revolutionary Heroes & Early Leaders with 21 Activities" by Nancy I. Sanders

'History books are replete with heroic stories of Washington, Jefferson, and Adams, but what of Allen, Russwurm, and Hawley? America’s Black Founders celebrates the lesser known but significant lives and contributions of our nation’s early African American leaders. Many know that the Revolutionary War’s first martyr, Crispus Attucks, a dockworker of African descent, was killed at the Boston Massacre. But far fewer know that the final conflict of the war, the Battle of Yorktown, was hastened to a conclusion by James Armistead Lafayette, a slave and spy who reported the battle plans of General Cornwallis to George Washington.'

"A Young People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn

'A Young People's History of the United States brings to US history the viewpoints of workers, slaves, immigrants, women, Native Americans, and others whose stories, and their impact, are rarely included in books for young people. A Young People's History of the United States is also a companion volume to The People Speak, the film adapted from A People's History of the United States and Voices of a People’s History of the United States.'

"Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans" by Kadir Nelson

'Heart and Soul is about the men, women, and children who toiled in the hot sun picking cotton for their masters; it's about the America ripped in two by Jim Crow laws; it's about the brothers and sisters of all colors who rallied against those who would dare bar a child from an education. It's a story of discrimination and broken promises, determination, and triumphs.'

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

'Updated and expanded from the original workbook (downloaded by nearly 100,000 people), this critical text helps you take the work deeper by adding more historical and cultural contexts, sharing moving stories and anecdotes, and including expanded definitions, examples, and further resources, giving you the language to understand racism, and to dismantle your own biases, whether you are using the book on your own, with a book club, or looking to start family activism in your own home.'

"Raising White Kids: Bring Up Children in a Racially Unjust America" by Jennifer Harvey

'With a foreword by Tim Wise, Raising White Kids is for families, churches, educators, and communities who want to equip their children to be active and able participants in a society that is becoming one of the most racially diverse in the world while remaining full of racial tensions. For white people who are committed to equity and justice, living in a nation that remains racially unjust and deeply segregated creates unique conundrums.'

"So You Want to Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo

'Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy -- from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans -- has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair -- and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend?'

"Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates

'Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?'

"When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir" by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

'A poetic and powerful memoir about what it means to be a Black woman in America―and the co-founding of a movement that demands justice for all in the land of the free.'

"Women, Race, and Class" by Angela Y. Davis

'A powerful study of the women's liberation movement in the U.S., from abolitionist days to the present, that demonstrates how it has always been hampered by the racist and classist biases of its leaders. From the widely revered and legendary political activist and scholar Angela Davis.'

"An Indigenous People’s History of the United States" by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

'Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. And as Dunbar-Ortiz reveals, this policy was praised in popular culture, through writers like James Fenimore Cooper and Walt Whitman, and in the highest offices of government and the military. Shockingly, as the genocidal policy reached its zenith under President Andrew Jackson, its ruthlessness was best articulated by US Army general Thomas S. Jesup, who, in 1836, wrote of the Seminoles: “The country can be rid of them only by exterminating them.”'

"The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration" by Isabel Wilkerson

'In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.'

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

'Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.'

"White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism" by Robin DiAngelo

'In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence.'

"The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander

'Most important of all, it has spawned a whole generation of criminal justice reform activists and organizations motivated by Michelle Alexander’s unforgettable argument that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it”. As the Birmingham News proclaimed, it is “undoubtedly the most important book published in this century about the U.S.”'

"My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies" by Resmaa Menakem

'In this groundbreaking book, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.'

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

'Some Americans insist that we're living in a post-racial society. But racist thought is not just alive and well in America--it is more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues, racist ideas have a long and lingering history, one in which nearly every great American thinker is complicit.'

"Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix" by Ibram X. Kendi

'This is NOT a history book. This is a book about the here and now. A book to help us better understand why we are where we are. A book about race.'

"The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children" by Dr. Shefali Tsabary

'Instead of being merely the receiver of the parents' psychological and spiritual legacy, children function as ushers of the parents' development. Parents unwittingly pass on an inheritance of psychological pain and emotional shallowness. To handle the behavior that results, traditional books on parenting abound with clever techniques for control and quick fixes for dysfunction.'

"Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom" by Kerry McDonald

'Education has become synonymous with schooling, but it doesn’t have to be. As schooling becomes increasingly standardized and test driven, occupying more of childhood than ever before, parents and educators are questioning the role of schooling in society. Many are now exploring and creating alternatives.'

"The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing" by Marie Kondo

'Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles? Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again.'

"Untamed" by Glennon Doyle

'There is a voice of longing inside each woman. We strive so mightily to be good: good partners, daughters, mothers, employees, and friends. We hope all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. We look at our lives and wonder: Wasn’t it all supposed to be more beautiful than this? We quickly silence that question, telling ourselves to be grateful, hiding our discontent—even from ourselves.'

"All About Love: New Visions" by bell hooks

'“The word ‘love’ is most often defined as a noun, yet we would all love better if we used it as a verb,” writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provocative and intensely personal, renowned scholar, cultural critic and feminist bell hooks offers a proactive new ethic for a society bereft with lovelessness--not the lack of romance, but the lack of care, compassion, and unity.'

"Readings for Diversity and Social Justice" 4th Edition. Edited by Maurianne Adams, Warren J. Blumenfeld, D. Chase J. Catalano, Keri "Safire" DeJong, Heather W. Hackman, Larissa E. Hopkins, Barbara J. Love, Madeline L. Peters, Davey Shlasko, and Ximena Zuniga

'For nearly 20 years, Readings for Diversity and Social Justice has been the trusted, leading anthology to cover a wide range of social oppressions from a social justice standpoint. With full sections dedicated to racism, religious oppression, classism, ableism, youth and elder oppression, as well as an integrative section dedicated to sexism, heterosexism, and transgender oppression, this bestselling text goes far beyond the range of traditional readers.'

 

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RESOURCES

VIDEO: CNN Sesame Street Town Hall on Racism

CNN's Van Jones and Erica Hill partner with "Sesame Street" for Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism, a town hall for kids and families. Watch the town hall in its entirety.

FACEBOOK: Dreamland with Aaliyah

Daily inspiration since March 30, 2020. Over 200 stories read & 10K raised for nonprofits. Kid curated bedtime stories designed to inspire hope.

DOCUMENT: Dreamland with Aaliyah Reading List

10 year old Aaliyah Hall began reading stories on her Facebook page on March 30, 2020. By August, she had read 150 books. This is her curated list of the first 150 books with links to purchase.

ORGANIZATION: EmbraceRace.org

An organization committed to raising a generation of children who are thoughtful, informed, and brave about race.

TV SERIES: Race: The Power of an Illusion (PBS)

This series asks a question so basic it's rarely raised: what is this thing we call race? Since its release in 2003, the series has become one of the most widely used documentaries ever in formal and non-formal education in the US. Millions of people have used the film to scrutinize their own deep-seated beliefs about race and explore how our social divisions are not natural or inevitable, but made.

TV SHOW: Nick News Presents: Kids, Race, and Unity (Nickelodeon)

Hosted by Alicia Keys, Nick News talks with founders and leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement, offer tools for families to have constructive conversations about race, and highlights teen activists who are fighting racial injustice in Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special.

 

Over the course of a short five week period, Marcella created a space for our small group to share with each other openly, ask tough questions, feel insecure and unsure about many difficult subjects, and generate action plans to move forward with the things we intend to do. I was so inspired to do more!

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