Anti - Racism Resources

for white and non-black artists, advocates, and allies
Updated 5/26/2021
Welcome! We have created this resource page to be a tool specifically for artists in the St. Louis area and beyond seeking to do anti-racism work. We are open to any feedback as to how we can be productive now and moving forward. Please do not hesitate to reach out with resources, comments, criticisms, or other feedback. We are not perfect and plan to continue learning. 

We would like to thank the creators of these original documents, from which several listed resources have been pulled, as well as several helpful twitter threads (please help us credit if you can). Further thanks go out to those individuals who have contributed resources to the page. We aim to give credit where credit is due, and hope that this page is merely a conduit to those organizations who are doing the work today and every day in our communities. 

Anti-Racism Resources by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020.
75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice by Corinne Shutack

A note on navigating this page: blue resources have a connection to the arts or dance, red resources are specifically for STL, and purple resources deal with the arts in STL. We have divided resources between "Educate", "Support", and "Act". We humbly recommend engaging with one from each category for a start.  For a detailed recommended timeline of work, please see this awesome resource, Justice in June, put together by @brybry1217, or check out this helpful FB post by Victoria Alexander.

For more resources that are not listed here, check out Resources for Accountability and Action by Carlisa Johnson, this Scaffolded Resource Doc by Anna Stamborski, Nikki Zimmermann, and Bailie Gregory, National Resource List and the Resources tab on Black Lives Matter 

  • Books For Black Dance Legacy - comprehensive list by The International Association of Blacks in Dance

  • How to Be an Anti-Racist - Ibram X. Kendi

  • White Fragility - Robin DiAngelo

  • The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander

  • Divided Sisters - Midge Wilson and Kathy Russell

  • The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

  • Fatal Invention - Dorothy Roberts

  • Locking Up Our Own - James Forman

  • The Miner's Canary - Lani Guiner and Gerald Torres

  • The Wretched of the Earth - Frantz Fanon

  • The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States - Walter Johnson

  • The Last Children of Mill Creek - Vivian Gibson

  • What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays - Damon Young

  • Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do - Jennifer L. Eberhardt

  • Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Witnessing Whiteness - Shelly Tochluk

  • Native Son - Richard Wright

  • A People's History of the United States - Howard Zinn

  • The Souls of Black Folk - W.E.B. Du Bois

  • Zami: A New Spelling of My Name: A Biomythography - Geraldine Audre Lorde

  • Waking Up White, and Finding Myslef in the Story of Race - Debby Irving

  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race - Beverly Daniel Tatum

  • Race, Place, and Suburban Policing: Too Close for Comfort - Andrea S. Boyles

  • The White Racial Frame: Centuries of Racial Framing and Counter-Framing - Joe R. Feagin

+ Other Texts

**starred resources provided by Joanna Dee Das


  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix

  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent

  • Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) — Hulu with Cinemax or available to rent

  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent

  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix

  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent

  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy

  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu

  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.

  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO

  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix

  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent

  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent

  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax

  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

St. Louis Resources
  • Arch City Defenders

    • "ArchCity Defenders (ACD) is a holistic legal advocacy organization that combats the criminalization of poverty and state violence, especially in communities of color."​

  • ACLU of Missouri

    • "defends civil liberties and the principles of equality and justice in Missouri through its litigation, legislative and public education programs."

  • St. Louis Anti Racism Organizing Collective (AROC)

    • "Our purpose is to provide a joint analysis with organizers of color in the Justice Institute and our Accountability Team which can result in a set of shared beliefs in guiding our anti-racist work"​

  • Forward Through Ferguson

    • In 2014, Forward Through Ferguson was established "to be a catalyst for lasting positive change in the St. Louis region as outlined in the Ferguson Commission Report."

  • Real STL News

    • news outlet in St. Louis run by community advocates 

  • Indivisible St. Louis

    • centralized source on Facebook for anti-racism work in St. Louis

  • Expect Us

    • follow Facebook page for up to date protest information in St. Louis

Please consider donating locally to these organizations


Local Black-Led Arts Organizations
Local Black-Owned Businesses

Incomplete! Help us fill out this section to amplify black voices in our arts community

  • For The Culture STL - by Ohun Ashe, a database of black-owned businesses "intended to connect black people with black owned businesses and events around the city". Includes a map feature and a semi-regular catalogue to help people find, shop, and support black-owned businesses. 

  • Every Day We Spend - greater than 240 STL black-owned businesses listed

  • STL Black Biz - Black Owned Business Directory


Sign Petitions

Comprehensive list of petitions to sign from Black Lives Matter

Petitions are used as recruiting tools for movements and to help organizers - while they may help affect policy change in the long-run, it's important to know that signing a petition should be you first step, not your only step. 

Workshops, Webinars, Events and More
  • Witnessing Whiteness

    • YWCA hosts a  "facilitated group book study and dialogue for people who identify as white to learn about the construction of white identity and culture, white supremacy and privilege"

    • See more helpful YWCA programs here

  • STL Street Medics

    • Learn more info on how to help protesters who have been injured - they provide occasional trainings as well. ​

  • Implicit Bias Training

  • Online Anti-Racism Training

    • Hosted by the Diversity and Resiliency Institute of El Paso - online trainings through June 30th, free to the public

  • Dance The Vote

    • Raises public awareness of the importance of voting, and helps register voters, through dance performances.