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Voices We Are Listening To

An evolving list of texts and resources that are meaningful to The Block team.


Northwestern Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

A solidarity letter from Northwestern University's Chief Diversity Officer Sekile M. Nzinga and Chief Human Resources Officer Manuel Cuevas-Trisán



Northwestern Center for Social Justice Education

Social Justice Education (SJE) creates co-curricular educational opportunities in partnership with our student community that foster self-exploration, facilitate conversations across difference and support actions that create social change on campus.



A Statement from Smithsonian Institution Secretary Lonnie Bunch



National Museum of African American History and Culture: Talking About Race

Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. This toolkit provides guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation.



Northwestern University Libraries: African-American Studies Research Guide

Our African-American Studies research guide links to a wealth of primary and secondary sources available to the Northwestern community with databases like Black Thought & Culture, campus publications like BlackBoard, and much more.



Black Lives Matter

Global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes



Museums and Race

Museums & Race: Transformation and Justice is a movement to challenge and re-imagine institutional policies and systems that perpetuate oppressions in museums.



Anti-Racism Reading List

Compiled by We Here a supportive community for black, indigenous, and people of color workers and students in libraries and archives.



Museums Are Not Neutral

MuseumsAreNotNeutral is “an initiative that exposes the fallacies of the neutrality claim and calls for an equity-based transformation of museums.” 



Call It What It Is: Anti-Blackness - kihana miraya ross

New York Times, June 4, 2020 - Dr. Ross is a professor of African-American studies at Northwestern University



"No, I Am Not Okay" A Black Journalist Addresses His White Friends - Jimmie Briggs

Vanity Fair, June 4, 2020