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Learning About Race

Education is paramount to producing social change.

To that end, we offer these resources about the history and effects of racism. The list, which is by no means exhaustive, includes books, articles, podcasts, and other media.

Talking About Race

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture offers “Talking About Race,” a comprehensive, interactive site. The content is compiled for specific audiences, educators, parents or caregivers, and people committed to equity can find audience-specific content.

Black History Month Resources

  • Video: Stanford historian reflects on a career spent studying civil rights and Martin Luther King Jr
    In this video Stanford historian Clayborne Carson reflects on a career dedicated to studying and preserving the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Carson tells his story of growing up during the Civil Rights Movement and looking up to leaders like John Lewis and MLK. In 1985, Coretta Scott King selective Carson to publish the definitive, 14-volume edition of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., a comprehensive collection of King’s most significant correspondence, sermons, speeches, published writings and unpublished manuscripts. Today, Carson sees a renewed responsibility among the next generation of activists.

  • PBS Learning Collection – Civil Rights Then and Now
    This collection of videos, documents, and primary sources lends context to the events and leaders that defined the Civil Rights Movement’s first three decades (1954-1985). These resources also capture the issues and activists involved in the struggle today—those making headlines, stirring debate, and trending on social media. 
  • Organization: The Innocence Project
    The Innocence Project, founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law, exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. Their mission is to “free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.” The Innocence Project operates on a national and local level.
    Yusef Salaam | National | Local
  • Report: “Racism, Inequality, and Health Care for African Americans” by Jamila Taylor
    The following report conducted by The Century Foundation discusses the disproportionate impact on people of color and other marginalized groups in healthcare. This report “[examines] the state of health care coverage for African Americans and [sheds] a light on important social factors that uniquely impact their health outcomes.” The Century Foundation is a progressive think tank headquartered in New York City.

  • TEDx Talk: Allegories on Race and Racism
    This TEDx Talk given by Dr. Camara Jones discusses four allegories on race and racism. Additionally, “Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high quality health care, but also attention to the social determinants of health (including poverty) and the social determinants of equity (including racism).”

Educational Resources

Campus Resources and Support

  • EAP (Employee Assistance Program) at 800.676.4357
  • Jen Conley, Interim Director, Human Resources Development, at jconley@hartford.edu
  • Christine Grant, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Community Engagement, cgrant@hartford.edu
  • Jane Horvath, Special Assistant to the President for LGBTQ+ issues, horvath@hartford.edu

Additional Resources

Protecting the Right to Vote

On October 15, 2020, the University of Hartford’s Associate Professor of Political Science Bilal Sekou facilitated a panel of advocates and political leaders including democracy reform activist Karen Hobert Flynn, Senator Douglas McCrory, and Rock the Vote's Director of Digital Organizing Michelle Stockwell. They spoke on voting rights and the importance of protecting your right to vote.