Having an open and honest conversation about race is difficult, and if you are feeling uncomfortable that is okay. We want to help with that conversation, and maybe help you start one on your own. We have compiled a list of resources to help guide you. There are book suggestions, interviews, videos, and episodes of our ongoing series Race in America: The Conversation to help you join, engage, and share what you learn with your loved ones.
One of the ‘Little Rock Nine,' living in the Bay Area talks about her fight 66 years later
Monday, Sept. 25 is the 66th anniversary of the “Little Rock Nine.” A group of nine African American teenagers who were the first to enter a segregated school in Arkansas in 1957. And it happened after a historic supreme court ruling. NBC Bay Area’s Gia Vang talked to Melba Pattillo Beals, one of the “Little Rock Nine,” who now lives in Marin County about her fight.
California Assembly approves US's first anti-discrimination bill
On Monday, the state assembly overwhelmingly passed legislation that would add “caste” as a protected category under the state’s anti-discrimination laws. We’ve been following this story in our on-going series Race in America: The Conversation. This has been a long fight for many, including one woman who left her high-profile job at Google because of concerns over caste discrimination. Jessica Aguirre reports.
New state bill aims to ban caste discrimination
A historic fight got underway in Sacramento Wednesday. A new legislation was introduced that could make a landmark change to California’s current anti-discrimination laws. State Senator Aisha Wahab, along with Bay Area activists, want to add “caste” as a protected category to state law.
Unity trip helps African-American, Asian-American teenagers bridge their communities
Sometimes, the best education comes outside of the classroom. NBC Bay Area takes you on a road trip with a group of Bay Area teenagers who found unity in their differences.
Watch the entire 20th episode of Race in America: The Conversation (June 16, 2023)
Man commits to changing narrative in San Francisco neighborhood
Our latest conversation takes you to San Francisco’s Sunnydale neighborhood, a neighborhood plagued by violence. Residents who live there are trying to change the narrative and the stereotypes. Here's a look at how sometimes one person can really make a difference.
Marcus Washington visited the J&J Community Resource Center in Sunnydale, a special place, that many say has changed and sometimes saved their lives.
Movement to ban caste discrimination in state
Bay Area civil rights activists are hoping to make landmark change to California’s current anti-discrimination laws, which bans bias on categories such as race, color, religion, gender and sexual orientation. They want to add caste to that list, a centuries-old system of social hierarchy in the south Asian community.
Organizers on the front lines are bracing for a fierce fight from a community they say is invested in keeping them in “their so-called place.”
Jessica Aguirre sat down with them in a conversation you’ll see only on NBC Bay Area.
Watch the entire 20th episode of Race in America: The Conversation (Dec. 31, 2022)
On the latest episode of "Race in America": We continue to highlight the work being done in communities to address racial tensions. The conversations include people in the street, on the front lines, working to mentor youth and to prevent crime. Also, a group of chefs in the East Bay use food to break down stereotypes and create solidarity between the Black and Asian communities.
Watch segments on street violence and gun culture
See how local chefs use food to bring communities together
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- The Native American Resistance on Alcatraz
- Landback Movement: Reclaiming Tribal Land
- Alcatraz Sunrise Gathering
- Playwright & film director Luis Valdez on his first job at KNTV
- Dr. Bernice A. King on the Current Relevancy of Her Father's Message
- One-on-One with Vallejo's H.E.R., Grammy & Oscar Winner
- Interview with civil rights icon Dr. Angela Davis
- Interview with Oscar Grant's mother and uncle
- Dolores Huerta: The Civil Rights Icon Who Created the Slogan “Si Se Puede” (Yes We Can)
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- "The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson
- “From Slavery to Freedom” by John Hope Franklin
- “Race and History” by John Hope Franklin
- “Before The Mayflower” by Lerone Bennett
- “The Assassination of the Black Male Image” by Earl Ofari Hutchinson
- “The Burning” by Tim Madigan
- “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander
- “The Souls of Black Folk” by W.E.B. Du Bois
- “Juneteenth” by Ralph Ellison
- “The Shaping of Black America” by Lerone Bennett, Jr.
- “The Journal of Negro History” by Carter G. Woodson
- “A Century of Negro Migration” by Carter G. Woodson
- “Go Tell It On The Mountain” by James Baldwin
- “The Dred Scott Case” by Don E Fehrenbacher
- “Origins of the Dred Scott Case: Jacksonian Jurisprudence and the Supreme Court, 1837-1857" by Austin Allen
- “White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son” by Tim Wise
- “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our-Racial Divide” by Carol Anderson
- “Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice” by Paul Kivel
- “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo
- “Between The World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- “White Fragility: Why it is so hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo
- “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond
- "Baracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo” by Zora Neal Hurston
- “Black Talk, Blue Thoughts, and Walking the Color Line: Dispatches from a Black Journalista” by Erin Aubry Kaplan
- "RACE Are We So Different." by Alan Goldman, Yolanda T. Moses and Joseph L. Jones.
The New York Times: ‘Corporate America Has Failed Black America’