Oakland Forward (https://www.mioaklandforward.org/)
The mission of Oakland Forward is to build power to remove economic, racial and social barriers to provide opportunities for individuals, with a focus on people of color, in Oakland County.
Our goal is to expand, strengthen and empower communities to make long-term change that improves the quality of life for those most affected.
Our vision is to equip all people with knowledge around civic engagement and policy; and advocate for economic resources that allow everyone to live and maintain thriving lives and growing families in sustainable communities within Oakland County.
Our Target area is anywhere in Oakland County where people of color reside, with a focus on the following cities:
Royal Oak Township
Contact us a firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon Talks White Resentment w/ Isabel Wilkerson | The Problem With Jon Stewart Podcast:
Jon is joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author Isabel Wilkerson to discuss race, and America’s caste system, and why there isn’t a singular solution to racism.
Conversations on Race - Free to attend
The Library Network and Conversations on Race are partnering to offer three 3-week series of guided conversations to build awareness of and skills for talking about race and racism. Through readings, video clips, reflections, and conversations, you will learn ways to talk about race that promote change and activism.
Sign up for one of the following three-part series:
January 23, 30 and February 6 Online
March 6, 13 and 20 at the Huntington Woods Library
April 17, 25 and May 1 at the Farmington Community Library.
Livonia Equity and Anti Racism Network presents:
A Pull Over Prevention/Free Brake Light Repair Clinic - Sunday, October 30, 2022 - 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - 7 Mile Rd. & Middlebelt
Since 2020, Livonia Equity and Anti Racism Network has hosted this bi-annual event providing metro Detroit drivers with tail and brake light repair services free of charge.
This public service aims to prevent unnecessary police stops, expensive tickets and fines, and possible court appearances, to benefit the greater community.
By reducing these kinds of police stops that disproportionately affect vulnerable populations, we are working together with LCCABL toward our mutual goal of “public safety for all”.
For more information visit:
Oprah Winfrey and author Isabel Wilkerson, take listeners through the 8 Pillars of Caste, featured in the Oprah’s Book Club selection "Caste: The Origins of our Discontents.
The On Being Project
The author of “White Fragility” and an expert on racialized trauma together — a deep dive into the calling of our lifetimes. (258 kB)
PDF Guide - Promoting Positive Racial Identity in Black Children - from Wayne State Family Empowerment
Vincent Harding Interview With Krista Tippett - "Vincent Harding - Is America Possible?"
The On Being Project
The late civil rights leader and cross-generational visionary on the spiritual heart of racial reckoning.
Racism makes our economy worse -- and not just in ways that harm people of color, says public policy expert Heather C. McGhee. From her research and travels across the US, McGhee shares startling insights into how racism fuels bad policymaking and drains our economic potential -- and offers a crucial rethink on what we can do to create a more prosperous nation for all. "Our fates are linked," she says. "It costs us so much to remain divided."
Kendi, Ibram X. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. Bold Type Books; Reprint edition, 2017. In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti–Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history.
Waking Up White by Debby Irving (printed book; audio book on Audible and Hoopla app) https://debbyirving.com/the-book/ Waking Up White is the book I wish someone had handed me decades ago. My hope is that by sharing my sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, I offer a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As I unpack my own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, I reveal how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated my ill-conceived ideas about race. I also explain why and how I’ve changed the way I talk about racism, work in racially mixed groups, and understand the racial justice movement as a whole. Exercises at the end of each chapter prompt readers to explore their own racialized ideas. Waking Up White‘s personal narrative is designed to work well as a rapid read, a book group book, or support reading for courses exploring racial and cultural issues.
"One of the most important books on race in recent memory." ~ Readers + Writers Journal Available at: Your Local BookstoreAmazon.comBarnesandnoble.comAudiobooks.com Waking Up White is the book I wish someone had handed me decades ago. My hope is that by sharing my sometimes …
Seeing White - A series from the podcast “Scene On Radio” from the Center for Documentary Studies, “Seeing White” looks at the racial structures of America, focusing on dissecting the oppressors rather than the oppressed. https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/
Scene on Radio
Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity pol
The Disturbing History of the Suburbs - from the hit series Adam Ruins Everything. Explores the roots of racial segregation in housing, lending, and education
Just Mercy (2019) - Based on Bryan Stevenson’s best-selling book of the same name. Available on Amazon Prime.
The Hate You Give (2017) - Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds -- the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. (Available on Hulu and Cinemax)
American Son (2019) - Based on the play of the same name. On a stormy night in a Miami police station, Kendra Ellis-Connor is waiting for a report on the whereabouts of her teenage son Jamal, who has suddenly disappeared. Available on Netflix
I Am Not Your Negro (2016) - In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, "Remember This House." The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.
Segregated by Design - Examines the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy. Narrated by Richard Rothstein - author of The Color of Law. https://vimeo.com/328684375
Examine the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy.
The Unequal Opportunity Race - African American Policy Forum. This short film produced for the African American Policy Forum shows metaphors for obstacles to equality, which affirmative action tries to alleviate.
Kendi, Ibram X. How to Be an Antiracist. One World, 2019. Reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America. Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like.
DiAngelo, Robin. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. Beacon Press, 2018. The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.
Zinn, Howard. A People’s History of the United States. Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2005. Library Journal calls Howard Zinn’s iconic A People's History of the United States “a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those…whose plight has been largely omitted from most histories.” Packed with vivid details and telling quotations, Zinn’s award-winning classic continues to revolutionize the way American history is taught and remembered.
Gladden-Young, Adrianne, “Give Black Scientists a Place in This Fight”, The Atlantic, June 13, 2020. During the pandemic, African Americans need the health establishment to engage them not as victims, but as leaders and problem-solvers.
During the pandemic, African Americans need the health establishment to engage us not as victims, but as leaders and problem-solvers.
Coates, Ta-Nehisi. “The Case for Reparations.” The Atlantic, June, 2014.
Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.
1619 - A Podcast From the New York Times - Audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.
The New York Times | By The New York Times
An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.
On Being (radio program) - Eula Biss “Let’s Talk About Whiteness”
The On Being Project
An uncomfortable but urgent and life-giving conversation.
Biss, Eula. “White Debt: Reckoning with what is owed - and what can never be repaid - for racial privilege.” The New York Times Magazine, Dec. 2, 2015.
The New York Times | By Eula Biss
Reckoning with what is owed — and what can never be repaid — for racial privilege.
Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New Press, 2010. a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. https://newjimcrow.com/about/buy
New York Times Op-Docs Series
Op-Docs is The New York Times editorial department’s award-winning forum for short, opinionated documentaries, produced with wide creative latitude and a range of artistic styles, covering current affairs, contemporary life and historical subjects.
• A Conversation About Growing Up Black
Or go to You Tube and search A Conversation About Growing Up Black Op-Docs The New York Times
• A Conversation With Black Women on Race
Or go to You Tube and search A Conversation With Black Women on Race Op-Docs The New York Times
• A Conversation With Police on Race
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• A Conversation With My Black Son
Or search New York Times Op Docs A Conversation With My Black Son
The New York Times | Joe Brewster and Perri Peltz
In this short documentary, young black men explain the particular challenges they face growing up in America.
The New York Times | By MICHÈLE STEPHENSON and JOE BREWSTER
In this short documentary, black women talk about the challenges they face in society.
The New York Times | By GEETA GANDBHIR and PERRI PELTZ
In this short documentary, former officers share their thoughts on policing and race in America.
In this short documentary, parents reveal their struggles with telling their black sons that they may be targets of racial profiling by the police.
The assumptions of white privilege and what we can do about it
Amy Cooper knew exactly what she was doing. We all do. And that's the problem.
Jun 1, 2020
Latina USA - Immigrants In ICE Detention Face The Threat Of COVID-19
“… There are currently over 35,000 immigrants in detention in the United States, and most of them are in centers under the control of ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. As the spread of COVID-19 overwhelms some areas of the country, the situation that many immigrants in detention are facing has become an urgent concern. ICE has already started to report that some immigrants and employees have tested positive for the virus. In this episode of Latino USA, we speak with Noah Lanard, a journalist who has reported on the conditions in these detention centers for Mother Jones magazine, and Joaquin Castro, Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. "
MD does not stand for Mammy Doctor
“… placing race paramount to a social factor, and in the category of a biological determinant, supports unfounded truths that race is a biological fact. Scientifically speaking there is no genetic or biological difference between races. But then how can we account for the health disparities seen between races? The fact is health does not occur in a vacuum, and the social environments affect risk of disease as well as the sex of a patient. … Perhaps race should be placed in this area. But in order to place race in a social category, medical students should learn the impact of race on health from a historical point of view. It is necessary to observe how racial inferiority permeated medical education as fact and how these racial myths served as the basis for scientific injustices throughout our modern history. Acknowledging our history is necessary to stop the proliferation of racial injustices in medicine and appropriately treat all of our patients.” Jenice Forde-Baker MD, 2.6.2018
White Rage by Carol Anderson is, according to a Washington Post reviewer, “a slim but persuasive volume . . . [and] a sobering primer on the myriad ways African American resilience and triumph over enslavement, Jim Crow and intolerance have been relentlessly defied by the very institutions entrusted to uphold our democracy."
America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis, author and leading Christian activist who was driven away from his faith by a white church that considered dealing with racism to be taboo. His participation in the civil rights movement brought him back when he discovered a faith that commands racial justice. Wallis offers a prophetic and deeply personal call to action in overcoming the racism so ingrained in American society. He speaks candidly to Christians–particularly white Christians–urging them to cross a new bridge toward racial justice and healing.
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown is a very readable account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words. Austin writes in detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice, in stories that bear witness to the complexity of America's social fabric--from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations.
12 Years a Slave (2013) on Amazon Prime, YouTube and other streaming apps is an adaptation of the 1853 memoir of Solomon Northup, a New York state, free-born African American man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. and sold into slavery.
"13th (2016)" documentary on Netflix by filmmaker Ava DuVernay that explores the history of racial Inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African Americans.
A new documentary by Chelsea Handler called "Hello Privilege, It's Me, Chelsea" on Netflix". In this film Handler explores how white privilege impacts American culture and how it has benefitted her own life and career.
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