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These resources are related to “History Repeats Itself: Ahmaud Arbery Racism in 2020,” an event sponsored by Carolina Public Humanities, Carolina K-12, and the Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition. The program can be viewed in it’s entirety here.

We also encourage everyone to view Dr. William Sturkey’s comments from our “Beyond the Headlines: Confederate Monuments, Historical Memory, & Free Speech” event.

Anti-Racist Activist Funds – Help provide direct support to activists on the front lines

From Dr. Sonny Kelly

  • How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi 
  • The White Ally Toolkit Workbook: Using Active Listening, Empathy, and Personal Storytelling to Promote Racial Equity by David Campt
    • This book helps me to formulate a plan for graciously addressing difficult conversations with people whom I love that do not believe that racism is prevalent, systemic, or relevant in America today.
  • Sonny’s own story combines the power of words, storytelling, and autobiographical reflection to call diverse communities into candid conversation about race in America. According to the Monti: Sonny Kelly is more than a man with an unusual name. He’s an actor, father, and a Black man in America. As race riots explode in the streets of Baltimore City, Maryland, Sonny reflects upon his identity, and the way others may perceive him. This inspires a tough conversation with his young son. Hear Sonny’s story, recorded live at our “Home” event on April 9th, 2018 in Chapel Hill, NC

From Dr. Seth Kotch:

From Professor Ted Shaw:

Suggested Readings on Lynching and Other and Racially Motivated Violence

  • James Allen, Hinton Als: Congressman John Lewis, and Leon F. Litwack: Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America  (Twin Palms Publishers ©2000)
  • Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (The New Press, 2010)
  • Phillip Dray: At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America (Random House ©2002)
  • Ida B. Wells Barnett: On Lynchings: Southern Horrors, A Red Record, and Mob Rule in New Orleans (Ayer Company Publishers, Inc., Reprint Edition © 1991)
  • James Cameron: A Time of Terror: A Survivor’s Story (Black Classic Press © 1982, 1994)
  • Ralph Ginzburg: One Hundred Years of Lynching (Black Classic Press ©1962, 1968)
  • James S. Hirsch: Riot and Remembrance: The Tulsa Race War and Its Legacy (Houghton Mifflin Co., ©2002)
  • Sherrilyn Ifill: On the Court-House Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the Twenty-First Century (Beacon Press, ©2007)
  • Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and Representative Jesse L Jackson, Jr., with Bruce Shapiro: Legal Lynching: The Death Penalty and America’s Future (The New Press ©2001)    
  • Elliott Jaspin: Buried in the Bitter Waters: The Hidden History of Racial Cleansing in America (Basic Books ©2007)
  • Jerry Mitchell: A Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era (Simon & Schuster © 2020)
  • Khalil Gibran Muhammad: The Condemnation of Justice: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern America (Harvard University Press, 2010)
  • Gunnar Myrdal: An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy (Harper & Row © 1944, 1962)
  • Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. and Austin Surat, From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race and the Death Penalty in America (New York University Press ©2006)
  • Steve Oney: And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phegan and the Lynching of Leo Frank (Pantheon Books © 2003
  • Bryan Stevenson: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Spiegel & Grau, 2014)

From Dr. Deborah Stroman:

Additional Resources for K-12 Teachers

Additional Resources from CPH Staff

UNC History

Anti-Racist Organizations

*Organizations mentioned by Dr. Deborah Stroman

Information About Police Violence, Police Abolition Movement, Etc.


Additional Resources Submitted by Organizations Outside UNC

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