The EDCJCC invites those in our community who identify as white to engage in life-long learning and action on eradicating racism in ourselves and our society, and then moving towards becoming anti-racist allies to People of Color. To help with this journey, we offer you a variety of different learning options whether you have just a few minutes a day or several hours to dive deeper into anti-racism practice. While many of these resources are relevant to forms of racism against all People of Color, we are focusing in this moment more specifically on anti-Black racism and have curated this page through that lens.
If you are a Person of Color visiting this page we welcome any feedback you may have, and invite you to check out the “explore” tab in case there are points of interest you may not have visited yet.
Click here to see our full statement regarding Black Lives Matter.
- An Interview with the Founders of Black Lives Matter – Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Mia Birdsong
- How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time – Baratunde Thurston
- What It Takes to Be Racially Literate – Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo
- The Urgency of Intersectionality – Kimberle Crenshaw
- Courage is Contagious – Damon Davis
- A Change is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke
- Forever Young, Gifted and Black: Songs of Freedom and Spirit – Nina Simone
- Homecoming: The Live Album – Beyonce
- Me and White Supremacy, by Layla Saad
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Race, by Robin DiAngelo
- The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou, by Maya Angelou
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
- How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
- Full self-guided tour of historical sites in every Ward
- Anacostia Community Museum
- African American Civil War Memorial
- Emancipation Memorial (and why it is problematic)
- Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
This tab presents points of historical significance for African Americans because that is the focus of this set of resources, but we acknowledge and celebrate the variety of places significant to People of Color who are not Black in DC as well and encourage you to visit them.
Talking About Race, a new online portal from the National Museum of African American History and Culture, provides tools and guidance to help families talk about racism, racial identity, and the ways they shape American culture. Click here for resources to start these conversations today.
The EDCJCC Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Program has also compiled a list of videos, books, and other resources to support your family’s ongoing learning and conversations.
Learn About Jews of Color
- Join JUFJ’s Police Accountability Campaign in Maryland or their Racial Equity Campaign in DC
- Consume media (movies, TV shows, journalism pieces), art, literature, and social media content created by People of Color to amplify their voices, talent, and contributions
- Patron businesses owned by People of Color whether online or in person. See some bars and restaurants in DC here.
- Join, contribute to, and volunteer with organizations fighting systemic racism in healthcare, the justice system, education, and other important sectors of our society
EDCJCC Statement on Black Lives Matter
The Edlavitch DCJCC will not stand for racism or injustice to anyone. During this tumultuous time, we as a community must come together and avail ourselves as allies to the Black community. We must take a stand against police brutality. It is through our voices that we can make a difference in the greater DC area and in the world. We say the names of those murdered just in the last few months: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and mourn the senseless loss of countless other sacred black lives.
We must be the change we want to see, so immediately we commit to looking internally and making changes to ensure that we are an anti-racist organization. We pledge to:
- Listen, learn, and deepen our understanding of racism and the violence it brings so we can move our organization towards being more anti-racist;
- Create programming for our community on being anti-racist and how to become better allies;
- Recognize and center the voices of our staff, members, and community who are People of Color.
We know this is only a beginning and that accountability must exist both in the present and in the long-term. We hope you will join us to fight for a world where equality prevails.