Racial Equity Resource Center

HAND envisions a future where Black and brown communities share equitably in the knowledge, wealth and resources uniquely represented in and between Baltimore, Washington and Richmond. Despite continued economic growth, the rise of inequality persists – with compounded inequities impacting communities of color, challenging their humanity and opportunity to realize their full potential. In light of protests against police brutality and the continued impacts of systemic racism, HAND leadership issued a statement titled “Why HAND Chose to Place Racial Equity at the Center of Our Work.”

Below you’ll find a collection of various resources for our members and partners who are committed to learning and taking action to center their organization’s work around racial equity. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but you will find a variety of content to explore – from articles to more in-depth books and podcasts. Topics below include structural racism, implicit bias, white privilege, mass incarceration, and operationalizing racial equity. We encourage you to take advantage of this material and we look forward to engaging with you as we rise to                                                      this moment.


Discover Racism Can’t Live Here 
A collection of learnings from our 2022 series and guidance for moving from understanding to action!
series with guidance for moving from understanding to action!


Explore Racial Equity Fast Five, our
e-blast which includes the latest updates for members who want to increase their own understanding and support the work to create a more just and equitable region.


Join the Conversation. Use the hashtag #CapitalRegion4Equity to keep the conversation going on social media.




Black History, Black Freedom, and Black Love

Seven preeminent Black thought leaders share their insight on the reckoning with race in America in three parts: past, present, and future.
1619 - The New York Times
The 1619 Project:
An ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. 
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The Case for Reparations
Story By Ta-Nehisi Coates 
“Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.”
HHF's CEO Attends Aspen Institute's Civil Discourse Event ...
11 Terms You Should Know to Better Understand Structural Racism
This glossary describes terms related to structural racism and terms used to promote racial equity analysis. 

The difference between being “not racist” and antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi

PBS: The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
– Survey the full sweep of African-American history with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
American Public Health Association
 has created a list of states, cities and counties that are naming racism as a determinant of health.
Race Forward: “What is Systemic Racism” 
This video series 8-part video series that shows how racism shows up in our lives across institutions and society.
A Conversation with TEACH US ALL Director Sonia Lowman – Black ...
Teach Us All

Produced by the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, Teach Us All is a documentary and social justice campaign on educational inequality set against the backdrop of the 1957 Little Rock school crisis. 


Project Implicit: Can You Implicitly Predict the 2012 NCAA Men's ...
Project Implicit
A series of Implicit Association Tests that reports on your attitudes and beliefs about various topics including different people groups.

Look Twice 
by Susan Fiske 
“Prejudice might be hardwired in our brains. But the good news is that we can still learn to override our prejudices and embrace difference.”
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Where Bias Begins: The Truth About Stereotypes 
by Annie Murphy Paul
Stereotyping is not limited to those who are biased. We all use stereotypes all the time. They are a kind of mental shortcut.


Ford Foundation - ProInspire
Are You Willing to Give Up Your Privilege?
By Darren Walker
“Instead, those of us with power and privilege must grapple with a more profound question: What are we willing to give up?”
Dr. Robin DiAngelo discusses ‘White Fragility’
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People
by Mahzarin R. Banaji, Anthony G. Greenwald
Medium - Solstice™ Community Solar
Maintaining Professionalism In The Age of Black Death Is…A Lot
By Shanequa Golding
“I just witnessed the lynching of a black man, but don’t worry Ted, I’ll have those deliverables to you end of day.”

Tim Wise on Dominant Cultural Norms vs. Universal Norms – Saskatoon, SK, March 2011

Wellesley Underground — Interview with Layli Maparyan, Executive ...
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack 
by Peggy McIntosh
“I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group”


AndACTION | 13th & The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth ...
Netflix Film: 13th 
In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.
Free screening & Talk: Time: The Kalief Browder Story (Omaha ...
Netflix Film: Time: The Kalief Browder Story 
This series traces the tragic case of Kalief Browder, a Black Bronx teen who spent three horrific years in jail, despite note being convicted of a crime.
When They See Us Five Part Discussion - Super Admin - Big Picture ...
Netflix Film: When They See Us

Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.
Array 101:

A learning companion resource written by Director Ava DuVernay based around the TV Series “When They See Us”
National Leader in Juvenile Justice to Work in California Counties ...
The W. Haywood Burns Institute
The Burns Institute eliminates racial and ethnic disparity by building a community-centered response to youthful misbehavior that is equitable and restorative.


Equity in the Center
Awake to Woke to Work was published by Equity in the Center to support organizations create deep social impact by helping them build Race Equity Culture.

How Slavery Inspired Modern Business Management
by Caitlin C. Rosenthal
“…The business history of plantation slavery is a cautionary tale of what profit-seeking can look like when everything, including lives, is up for sale.”
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“Why I Don’t Bring My ‘Whole Self’ to Work” 
by Jonathan Jackson
“…Before I leave the house in the morning, I let the dog out, empty the trash, and then neatly fold the other 60 percent of myself into a drawer.”

“The Curb-Cut Effect” 
by Angela Glover Blackwell
Laws and programs designed to benefit vulnerable groups, such as the disabled or people of color, often end up benefiting all of society.
Inside Philanthropy
A Long Way to Go: What Kind of Change is Needed Within Foundations to Advance Racial Equity?
by Michael Hamill Remaley 
“Listening to communities isn’t the same as giving up decision-making control, of course.”
McKinsey & Company | Global management consulting
The Case for Accelerating Financial Inclusion in Black Communities
by Aria Florant, JP Julien, Shelley Stewart, Nina Yancy, and Jason Wright
“A lack of financial inclusion for black Americans exists at every level of the financial system. Understanding the sources of exclusion is the first step to fixing the system.”
Competitive Advantage of Racial Equity
By Angela Glover Blackwell, Mark Kramer, Lalitha Vaidyanathan, Lakshmi Iyer, and Josh Kirschenbaum
“Corporate America is missing out on one of the biggest opportunities of our time for driving innovation and growth: creating business value by advancing racial equity.”
Forbes – Medium
The 2% Solution: Inside Billionaire Robert Smith’s Bold Plan to Funnel Billions to America’s Black-Owned Businesses
by Nathan Vardi
“Now, Smith believes his playbook for economic justice could not only ensure Black Americans have better access to opportunity, but also increase the nation’s economic activity by more than $1 trillion annually.”


This is by no means an all-encompassing list. The resources below represent a small fraction of the vast libraries that exist for you to explore in your own racial equity learning journey. 

Book List:

Podcast List:Code Switch | Listen via Stitcher for Podcasts

 Films/TV List:When They See Us (TV Mini-Series 2019) - IMDb

  • 13th
  • American Son 
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975
  • Blindspotting
  • Clemency
  • Dear White People
  • Fruitvale Station
  • I Am Not Your Negro 
  • Just Mercy
  • Selma
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution 
  • The Hate U Give
  • When They See Us