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Resources, programs and partnerships to inform and inspire action.

 

Books

Fiction

Non-Fiction

 

Films

Feature Films & TV

Documentaries

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Podcasts

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Scene on Radio: "Seeing White

14-part series hosted by John Biewens, featuring regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika and others ask: When did racism start, and why? Who invented the very notion of being “white,” or “black,” and why did they do so? Further Reading after Episode 13 - When Affiramtive Action Was White by Ira Katznelson. 

Code Switch (NPR) Fearless conversations about race and how it impacts every part of society, from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes all of us part of the conversation, because we're all part of the story.

1619 (The New York Times)

A 6-part series, hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones, that examines the long shadow of American slavery that began in August of 1619 when a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. 

Floodlines (Floodlines)

On August 29, 2005, the city of New Orleans was submerged after Hurricane Katrina. The people who lived through the flood and its aftermath have a story to tell about one of the most misunderstood events in American history. Hosted by Vann R. Newkirk II. 

Intersectionality Matters
Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory.

 

Programs

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Community Reads (Zoom)

We're joining the Glen Rock and Fair Lawn communities in reading So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo and discussing in small groups this Fall.

  • Read: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo from now until mid-October 2020.

  • Discuss:  Join a Zoom small group discussion beginning the week of October 11.
    Registration and updates: follow 
    2020 Community Reads Program of Fair Lawn, Glen Rock and Ridgewood on Facebook.

    • Tuesday, October 13th
      Morning Session #1: 10:00am-11:30am
      Evening Session #2: 7:00pm-8:30pm

    • Thursday, October 15th
      Afternoon Session #3: 2:00pm-3:30pm

    • Sunday, October 18th
      Afternoon Session #4: 2:00pm-3:30pm

  • Act: From reading and talking, find ways we can implement the book's important messages and takeaways in our own lives and the towns we live in.

How can I get my copy of the book? Download immediately on Hoopla with your Ridgewood Library card or request in print through bccls.org.

SmartTalks (Zoom)

This Fall, our monthly SmartTalks series will spotlight the 14-part podcast Scene on Radio: "Seeing White" hosted by John Biewens, featuring regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika and an array of leading scholars. We'll listen to the episode together and discuss. All are welcome. 

Sept 11 - Ep 1: Turning the Lens  17m

Oct 14 - Ep 2: How Race Was Made 29m

Nov 11 - Ep 3: Made in America 34m

Registration begins Sept 4

Reel Voices Film Festival (Zoom)
John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020; US; PG; 1h36m) 

Wed, Oct 28

Screening: 6:30pm 
Watch with the group over Zoom or at your convenence on one of these streaming platforms.

A son of sharecroppers, Rep Lewis was a Freedom Rider and one of the Big 6 leaders of the 1963 March on Washington with MLK and represented Georgia in Congress from 1987-2020. 

Official Film Website

Virtual Interview: 8:10pm (16m)
Immediately following the feature, we will show a pre-recorded discussion between Representative Lewis and Oprah Winfrey, filmed June 2020 exclusively for virtual screenings. All are invited to watch and discuss. 

Register now

Community Partners

(Contact information to come)

2020 Community Reads Program of Glen Rock, Fair Lawn & Ridgewood Facebook page

Community Relations Advocacy Network (CRAN)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Glen Rock & Ridgewood Facebook page

Ridgewood Ambassadors for Global Citizenship (RAG)

Online Resources & More

 
 
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Shippensburg University
Comprehensive, building list from the PA university that covers many aspects and dimensions of antiracism work. Categories include: 
Essential Reads, Indigenous Peoples, Antiracism 101 and Racial Healing, Community Building & Transformation

 

Chicago Public Library  Reading List from Ibram X. Kendi (July 6, 2020)
 

National Museum of African American History and Culture “Talking About Race” Web Portal

New York Public Library  Teaching Anti-Racism: Digital Resources About Racism and Resistance (June 17, 2020)
 

On Behalf Organization  Facebook page  Parents and educators working to end bias
 

Seattle Public Library  A Toolkit for Antiracism Allies (May 2020) 
 

Articles

Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to Charleston by Jon Greenberg July 10,2015 (Citizenship & Social Justice)
 

First, Listen. Then, Learn: Anti-Racism Resources For White People by Julia Wuench June 2, 2020 (Forbes)
The American Nightmare. To be black and conscious of anti-black racism is to stare into the mirror of your own extinction by Ibram X. Kendi, Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research June 1, 2020 (The Atlantic)

The Case for Reparations byTa-Nehisi Coates' impassioned, thoroughly researched and argued article:

“America’s Racial Contract Is Killing Us” by Adam Serwer | Atlantic (May 8, 2020)

Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement (Mentoring a New Generation of Activists

”My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant” by Jose Antonio Vargas | NYT Mag (June 22, 2011)

The 1619 Project (all the articles) | The New York Times Magazine

The Combahee River Collective Statement

“The Intersectionality Wars” by Jane Coaston | Vox (May 28, 2019)

Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups developed by Craig Elliott PhD

“Where do I donate? Why is the uprising violent? Should I go protest?” by Courtney Martin (June 1, 2020)

”White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Knapsack Peggy McIntosh

“Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi | Atlantic (May 12, 2020)

Questions & Suggestions 
Roberta Panjwani, Head of Adult Services 
RPanjwani@ridgewoodlibrary.org
(201) 670-5600, ext 132

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