In City Theatre’s commitment to both external and internal anti-racism work, we realize that education is paramount. Members of the theatre’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee compiled the following list of resources for staff and community members detailing reading and listening materials, as well as both national organizations and organizations in Pittsburgh fighting for equality and ways to actively support BIPOC communities. This list is by no means comprehensive and we encourage community members to continue to share resources and find ways to support organizations on the front lines of racial justice.
Code Switch by NPR
Ear Hustle by Radiotopia
Fare of the Free Child podcast
In Black America with John L Hanson by KUT
Integrated Schools podcast episode “Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey”
It’s Been A minute with Sam Sanders by NPR
Lynching in America by the Equal Justice Initiative
NPR episode about Whistling Vivaldi
Pod Save the People with DeRay Mckesson by Cooked Media
Side Effects of White Women Podcast Episode with Amanda Seales
Smartest Person in the Room’s episode on Well Meaning White People
The 1619 Project by the New York Times
The Black History Buff
The End of Policing with Alex Vitale
The David Banner Podcast
The Nod by Gimlet
The Stoop with Hana Baba and Leila Day
The United States of Anxiety by WNYC News
The Witness Podcast Network – Pass the Mic
Truth Be Told by KQED
Uncivil by Gimlet Media
White Lies by NPR
You Had Me at Black
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s
- An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
- Children of Blood and Bones by Tomi Adeyemi
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
- Free Cyntoia by Cyntoia Brown-Long
- The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Dare
- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
- Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin
- The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
- How to be An Antiracist by Ibram Kendi
- How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor
- I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice by Paul Butler
- Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad
- Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard
- Pushout by Monique Morris
- Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
- The Skin We’re In by Desmond Cole
- Unafraid of the Dark by Rosemary L Bray
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
- When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan Cullors
- Whistling Vivaldi by Claude Steel
- White Awake by Daniel Hill
- Women, Race & Class by Angela Davis
- Why I No Longer Talk to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Loge
- Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Tatum
- Women, Race & Class by Angela Davis
- DOCUMENTARIES / TV / FILM
- 13th (2016)
- 16 Shots (2019)
- American Son (Kenny Leon)
- The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
- The Children’s March
- Dear White People (Justin Simien)
- The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson (2017)
- Do Not Resist (2016)
- Do The Right Thing (Spike Lee)
- Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap
- The Force (2017) / Crime + Punishment (2018)
- Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler)
- The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr)
- Higher Learning (John Singleton)
- I Am Not Your Negro (2016 by Raoul Peck)
- If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
- The Kalief Browder Story
- Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 (2017) / LA 92 (2017)
- Let the Fire Burn (2013)
- Pose (FX)
- Queen And Slim (Melina Matsoukas)
- Queen Sugar (OWN)
- Selma (Ava Duvernay)
- Seven Seconds
- When They See Us (Ava Duvernay)
- Who Killed Malcolm X?
- Whose Streets? (2017)
- 5 Tips for Being an Ally
- Interview about White Awake
- Interview about I’m Still Here
- A Class Divided – Frontline
- Am I Not Human? By Marlon Peterson
- Don’t Be a Savior, Be An Ally by Rayna Gordon
- From Reform to Abolition: The Future of the U.S. Prison System by Emma Harrison
- How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline At A Time by Baratunde Thurston
- How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Toward Them by Verna Meyers
- The Human Stories Behind Mass Incarceration
- Racism Has A Cost for Everyone by Heather McGhee
- The Trauma of Systemic Racism is Killing Black Women by T. Morgan Dixon & Vanessa Garrison
- The Urgency of Intersectionality by Kimberle Crenshaw
- White Fragility – short video summarizing the book by Robin DiAngelo
We Need To Talk About An Injustice by Bryan Stevenson
WEBSITES : MORE RESOURCES OR COMPANIES/ORGANIZATIONS TO FOLLOW
- 200+ Black Owned Etsy Shops
- 1Hood – Collective of socially conscious artists & activists who utilize art to raise awareness (CT community partner)
- AD 99 Foundation – The AD99 Solutions Foundation aims to change the trajectory of Pittsburgh’s most vulnerable youth by providing the necessary resources needed in a free, safe environment so they may excel athletically, academically, and socially.
- African American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA – The mission of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania is to continuously improve business and professional opportunities for African American Business owners and professionals.
- All for All – The All for All immigrant and refugee artisans network helps connect artisans in the Pittsburgh area with opportunities to display and sell their work at a variety of local events (CT community partner).
- Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education – The vision is for ARYSE to become an international model for supporting immigrant youth as they transition into their new lives.
- Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh – To ensure a high quality of life for all members of the Bhutanese community in Pittsburgh and to support their integration into American society through culturally-informed services and activities.
- Black Dream Escape (BDE) – A radical therapeutic practice that centers Black and Indigenous rest as a primary component of holistic mental health.
Boom Concepts – BOOM Concepts is dedicated to the development of artist and creative entrepreneurs representing marginalized voices.
- Brown Mamas – An online and in-person community for moms in the Pittsburgh region.
- Bustle Media Group – Works with creators to uncover issues and stories that matter through the lens of authenticity, inclusivity, and conversation.
- FlowerHouse – FlowerHouse is a community art studio and art center that responds to the needs of the black community and families of Wilkinsburg and the Greater Pittsburgh area by providing a space to create, learn, and gather.
- Fresh Fest Beer Festival – Pittsburgh’s first black beer festival.
- Handinhand Counseling Services LLC – At HandinHand Counseling Services, LLC, our GOAL is to promote HOPE, HEALTH, and HEALING to individuals and families dealing with generational and situational obstacles.
- Level Up Studios – Level Up Studios is a creative arts studio in Pittsburgh that focuses on enriching the educational and artistic experiences of African American youths here in the city.
- Organization of Chinese Americans (PA Chapter) – OCA is a national civil rights advocacy and educational organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent, to securing the rights of Asian and Pacific Islander American citizens and permanent residents through legislative and policy initiatives at all levels of the government, and to bettering the lives of the more than 12 million Asian and Pacific Islander Americans across the country.
- The Root – The Blacker the Content the Sweeter the Truth
- Steel Smiling – Steel Smiling bridges the gap between community members and mental health support through education, advocacy, and awareness.
- The Black Unicorn Library and Archives Project – Through installation, screen-printing, collage, language and design Black Unicorn’s work focuses on creating library spaces as sites of possibility, for imagining what freedom looks like.
- The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (PMAHCC) – The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (PMAHCC) is the principal regional advocate for the Hispanic business community’s civic and economic interests.
- True T Pittsburgh – True T PGH (formerly True T Entertainment) serves as a community platform for LGBTQ resource sharing, queer arts, activism, and entertainment.
- United Somali Bantu of Greater Pittsburgh – United Somali Bantu of Greater Pittsburgh’s mission is to build community amidst the Somali Bantu of Greater Pittsburgh through enabling individuals and families to successfully acclimate and transition to self-sufficient life in American society, particularly from a socio-economic and civic perspective, by both providing direct practical assistance and connecting people to other resources and opportunities.
- Will Allen Foundation – The mission of the Will Allen Foundation is to provide services and resources in an effort to instill hope, remove barriers, promote education, advocate civic responsibility, and change lives in the community. The vision of the Will Allen Foundation is to provide a level playing field for all, to foster new leaders for the new generation, and to equip each individual to achieve his or her greatest success.
YOGAMOTIF – A creative wellness practice that uses yoga and art making to inspire healing.
- Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaborative network of
researchers investigating implicit social cognition – thoughts and feelings that are largely outside
of conscious awareness and control
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (Peggy McIntonsh)
The Bukit Bail Fund of Pittsburgh is a coalition of individuals and organizations striving to provide
support for those incarcerated at Allegheny County Jail, located in Pittsburgh, PA.
READINGS / ARTICLES
- 11 Things To Do Besides Say ‘This Has To Stop’ In The Wake Of Police Brutality
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
- Anti-Racist Packet by Jasmine Mitchell
- Anti-Racism Resources for allies
- Article from Pittsburgh-based artist TJ Parker-Young
- The Case for Reparations – a story by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Resources for White People to Learn and Talk About Race and Racism
- The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism by Audre Lorde
- Walking While Black (Garnette Cadogan)
- When Feminism is White Supremacy in Heels by Rachel Elizabeth Cargle
- White Privilege by Kyla Lacey
- Why Seeing Yourself Represented on Screen Is So Important (Kimberley Lawson)
- 1Hood Media: https://www.1hood.org/
- Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com/
- Campaign Zero : https://www.joincampaignzero.org/
- Colors of Change: https://colorofchange.org/
- How to Help Black People with Disabilities
- The Innocence Project:
- Mental Health Resources
- My Brother’s Keeper Pittsburgh: https://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/mbk/index.html
- NAACP Pittsburgh Branch: https://www.facebook.com/NAACPPGH/
- Pittsburgh Mutual Aid: https://www.pittsburghmutualaid.com/
- WWHAT’S UP Pittsburgh: https://www.facebook.com/whatsuppgh/
- YWCA Center for Race & Gender Equity: https://www.ywcapgh.org/what-we-do/crge/
- Support George Floyd’s family directly through their GoFundMe here and here.
- Change.org Justice for George Floyd petition
- Donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund to support bail for any arrests.
Eight policies that can decrease police violence by 72%: https://8cantwait.org/
- Feedback form for the PGH Mayor: https://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/mayor-feedback
- Resources for Accountability and Actions for Black Lives
- Leave a message for Louisville Mayor and demand justice for Breonna Taylor 502-574-2003
- CALL DA Miek Freeman in Minnesota (612-348-5550) & demand prosecution:
- Derek Chauvin (Badge #1087)
- Tou Thoa (Badge #7162)
- J Alexander Kueng
- Thomas K Lang
- Text FLOYD to 55-156
- Text JUSTICE to 668366
- Text ENOUGH to 55-165
- Register to vote: https://vote.gov/
- To access a pre-written template demanding action for George Floyd to send to officials: tinyurl.com/emailforfloyd//
- To access a pre-written template demanding action for Breonna Taylor to send to officials: tinyurl.com/ycha6nuu
RESOURCES FOR YOUTH / EDUCATORS / PARENTS
- Antiracist Baby
- Books to Teach White Children and Teens How to Undo Racism and White Supremacy
- Kwame Alexander’s the Crossover series
- PBS’s Teaching Your Child About Black History Month
- This Book is Antiracist
- Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup
Young Adult Literature:
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone
- All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
- I am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina
- A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée
- Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
- New Kid by Jerry Craft
Resources for parents:
- Raising White Kids (Jen Harvey) — article here: ‘Raising White Kids’ Author On How White Parents Can Talk About Race
PITTSBURGH BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES
- List of Pittsburgh Black-Owned Businesses (Updated Often)
- Instagram: @blackowned.pgh
MORE GUIDES & RESOURCE LISTS
National Resource List (Being updated)
Information taken from a Document created by:
Anna Stamborski, M. Div Candidate (2022)
Nikki Zimmermann, M. Div candidate (2021)
Bailie Gregory, M. Div, M.S. Ed.
*Other information taken from Facebook, Instagram & twitter posts
**Organized & gathered by Jenna Wilkin & Madison Hack