Resources for LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience

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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


WEBSITES - Digital Schomburg section provides access to cultural materials about the black experience. - 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.” - Article: The 8 R’s of Talking About Race: How to Have Meaningful Conversations - Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations, and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation’s children. - Article: Talking to Our Children About Racism & Diversity - A resource to support adults who are trying to talk about race with young children. - 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.




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:

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 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.