Recent events have sparked parents, volunteers, and staff to grasp for expert advice on how to think, learn, and talk about racial discrimination, bias, community conflict and violence. The resources are truly endless. But, here are few selected by King Street Center staff that we hope may be of help:

27 Books to Help You Talk to Your Kids About Racism

Racial Justice Resources 2020 (This list compiled with mentoring programs in mind by shared with the mentoring community by Susie Merrick, Mentoring Program Manager in the South Burlington Schools)


*Free* Ongoing (Self-Paced) Learning

    • #31DaysIBPOC: Educators Tricia Ebervia and Dr. Kim Parker, for the second year in a row, have invited Black/Indigenous/People of Color (IBPOC) to share their writing in a 31-day learning opportunity in May.
    • EmbraceRace: Resources (webinars, articles, resources) especially designed for learning how to engage in racial equity with our youngest learners.

Local Resources

  • Peace & Justice Center: Many of the Peace & Justice Center’s learning opportunities are free. Additionally, a community calendar with additional opportunities is here.
  • Clemmons Family Farm: Located in Charlotte, Vermont, the Clemmons Family Farm is “​one of the largest African-American-owned historic farms in Vermont today.” Although currently closed, the Farm’s website and Facebook page continue to offer resources and updates.
  • The Ethan Allen Homestead Museum Online Symposium: “The Centennial of Women’s Suffrage”: “Four Vermont-based presenters will bring to life the history and stories of the suffrage movement and its impact for Abenaki Women in Vermont, for Native Americans in Federally Recognized Tribes, for African American women, and in the role of education for women and girls.”

Reading Lists


Racial Equity Google Docs Being Shared by South Burlington School District Educators

From Autumn Bangoura, Equity Instructional Leader at the Burlington School District:

Exploring Activism Online

Consider #BLM at School Youth Media Challenge Let’s talk about the Election 2020.  What issues matter to you? How will you share your voice with the world?

Creating Comic for Social Justice

Graphic novels and comics are a great way for students to express themselves and their social views. Help your students plan and create their own social justice comics!

Still I Rise Poem by Maya Angelou This lesson focuses on questions of identity as students read and analyze Angelou’s inspirational poem “Still I Rise” and apply its message to their own lives. Students learn how Maya Angelou overcame hardship and discrimination to find her own voice and to influence others to believe in themselves and use their voices for positive change.

Blacklivesmatter Coloring Book

Recommended Movies and Short Films:

Ruby Bridges

 26 Mini Films for Exploring Race, Bias and Identity with Students – NY Times

The Hate U Give

13th Netflix Documentary

Recommended Books for younger students:

“Crown; an Ode to the Fresh Cut” by Derrick D. Barnes

“Don’t Touch My Hair!” by Sharee Miller

“Ada Twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty

“The Day you Begin” by Jacqueline Woodson

“Not my Idea: a book about whiteness” by Anastasia Higginbotham

“Ghost Boys” by Jewell Parker Rhodes

“The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

Local Action Steps:

Additional Resources: