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Become an ALLY! 

Now is the time to show up in solidarity. How do we do that?  For those of us that are White, we must do the work!  Racism isn’t a Black or Brown or Asian or Indigenous/First Nations problem- it is a White problem caused by the white supremacy that our Country was built on.  To end white supremacy we must intentionally become anti-racist.  We must educate ourselves on the legacies of slavery and how those legacies impact us today.  We must educate ourselves by listening and learning from the voices of people of color while we re-learn what we thought we knew and what was left out of our history books and classrooms.

Listed on this page are a number of resources to help you “Do the Work”.  This is not an exhaustive list, but a beginning.

Suggested Books:

  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
  • How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibrahm X. Kendi
  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  • I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Mindful of Race by Ruth King
  • Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong
  • Stamped from the Beginning by Ibrahm X. Kendi


PreserveCast- John Brown’s Legacy Lives On In Upstate New York With Martha Swan

Speaking of Racism– A podcast dedicated to honest discussions on race and racism.

Uncivil– Uncivil brings you stories that were left out of the official history of the Civil War

CodeSwitch– Explores how issues of race and identity manifest in every corner of American culture, from music to poetry to sports.

Seeing White- 14 part primer on the history of whiteness in America, sharing lesser-known events that will inspire white listeners to see their own place in society with fresh eyes.

Pod Save the People– Takes a closer look at the week’s biggest stories—as well as issues that particularly impact people of color.

Identity Politics– Explored through the lens of being a Black Muslim woman.  Guests share their thoughts on race, culture, gender, and faith.

Tamarindo– Brings a Latinx perspective to current events and culture.

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Video Resources:  

John Brown Lives! YouTube Channel– Here you can find a number of videos from JBL! programs.

Adirondack Diversity Initiative’s YouTube Channel– Here you can find a number of videos focused on race and the Adirondacks.

People/Groups to follow on social media:

Read their bios, understand why they are doing the work they are doing, if you are white it is especially important that you respect these spaces by listening and financially supporting their work!


  • @rachel.cargle Rachel Elizabeth Cargle (writer, anti-racism activist)
  • @laylasaad Layla Saad (author, teacher)
  • @ibramxk Ibrahm Kendi (author)
  • @Ckyourprivilege Check Your Privilege (anti-racism collective)
  • @MSpackyetti Brittany Packnett Cunnigham (activist, writer)
  • @thegreatunlearn run by Rachel Elizabeth Cargle (writer, anti-racism activist)
  • @IjeomaOluo Ijeoma Oluo (author, teacher)
  • @latahamorrison Latasha Morrison  (author, speaker, trainer)
  • @Beabridgebuilder  (racial literacy org. founded by Latasha Morrison)
  • @speakingofracism (highlights activists who are dismantling racism)

Suggested Books on John Brown, Slavery and Black History:

  • Fire From the Midst of You: A Religious Life of John Brown by Louis A. DeCaro Jr.
  • Cloudsplitter by Russel Banks (a historical novel on John Brown)
  • John Brown by W.E.B DuBois
  • American Slavery, American Freedom by Edmund S. Morgan
  • Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Beyond Freedom’s Reach by Adam Rothman
  • Complicity:  How the North Promoted, Prolonged and Profited from Slavery by Anne Farrow, Joel Lang, Jenifer Frank
  • Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America’s Universities by Craig Steven Wilder
  • They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South by Stephanie E. Jones- Rogers
  • The Condemnation of Blackness: Race Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America by Kahlil Gibran Muhammad
  • Nothing But Freedom: Emancipation and Its Legacy by Eric Forner
  • The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition by Manisha Sinha

This website provides an excellent reading list for Slavery, Resistance and Reparations for elementary age through adult.