Resources for LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience
ADULT READING LIST
African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, The Civil Rights Era, and Beyond - By Richard J. Powell and Virginia Mecklenburg
James Weldon Johnson: Writings - By James Weldon Johnson
Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing: A Celebration of the Negro National Anthem; 100 years, 100 Voices - By Julian Bond and Sondra Kathryn Wilson
The Warmth of Other Suns - By Isabel Wilkerson
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race - By Beverly Daniel Tatum
Everyday Acts Against Racism: Raising Children in a Multicultural World - By Maureen Reddy (editor)
Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man - By James Weldon Johnson
It Was Never About a Hotdog and a Coke - By Rodney L. Hurst
How it Feels To Be Colored Me - By Zora Neale Hurston
Color Stories: Black Women and Colorism in the 21st Century (Intersections of Race, Ethnicity,and Culture) - By JeffriAnne Wilder
www.nypl.org - Digital Schomburg section provides access to cultural materials about the black experience.
www.ted.com/topics/race - Includes a variety of TED Talks about race, ranging from “How art gives shape to cultural change,” to “How to raise a black son in America.”
www.netimpact.org/blog - Article: The 8 R’s of Talking About Race: How to Have Meaningful Conversations
www.tolerance.org - Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations, and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation’s children.
www.civilrights.org - Article: Talking to Our Children About Racism & Diversity
www.raceconscious.org - A resource to support adults who are trying to talk about race with young children.
www.jaxheritagetrail.com - Explore how our African-American Community has shaped Jacksonville's history with over 15 different stops on this self-guided tour available to you! Experience famous locations and points of interest at your own pace.
CHILDREN’S READING LIST
In Her Hands: The Story of Augusta Savage - By Professor Alan Schroeder and JaeMe Bereal
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker - By Patricia Hruby Powell
We Came to America - By Faith Ringgold
If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks - By Faith Ringgold
My People - By Langston Hughes
Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills - By Renée Watson
Kenya’s Art - By Linda Trice
Amazing Grace - By Mary Hoffman
Grandpa, Is Everything Black Bad? - By Sandy Lynne Holman
Skin Again - By bell hooks
The Color of Us - By Karen Katz
Let’s Talk about Race - By Julius Lester
The Skin You Live In - By Michael Tyler
The Other Side - By Jacqueline Woodson
Child of the Civil Rights Movement - By Paul Young Shelton and Raul Colon
Harlem’s Little Blackbird - By Renée Watson
The Name Jar - By Yangsook Choi
Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad - By Ellen Levine
I, Too, Am American - By Langston Hughes
Glory Be - By Augusta Scattergood
The Lions of Little Rock - By Kristin Levine
Ruby Lee & Me - By Shannon Hitchcock
Listen more, talk less — the next time you meet someone who has a different perspective than you do, take the time to hear that person out and really try to see the world through their eyes.
Learn about implicit bias and complete an implicit bias test: implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html
Become more acquainted with Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing by reading the lyrics, listening to recordings, and attending performances of the song.
Read and discuss one of the suggested books with your children or other family members.
Do a creative project with your family using the lyrics of Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing, that could include art-making, poetry, playacting, etc.
Learn more about Jacksonville’s rich cultural history by visiting places such as the Ritz Theatre & Museum, MOSH, MOCA, and others.
Suggest one of the books on this list for your next book club meeting.
Bring at least one friend, coworker, or neighbor to see the LIFT exhibition and talk about it together afterward.
“See something, say something” — speak up when someone makes a comment that makes you uncomfortable.
Be deliberate about expanding your social networks.
Think about ways your workplace might become even more welcoming to people of different races, genders, abilities, or religions. What habits or practices might unintentionally create separation or exclusion?
Join a study circle — email Chevara Orrin and Daniel Locke at email@example.com or call the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission at 904.630.4911.
Attend events with an intersection of culture and diversity, like those hosted by OneJax, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations, CoRK exhibitions and events, museums, etc.
Become more civically engaged with local and national government by voting, attending meetings, and contacting your representatives about issues that matter to you.