Black History Month: Voices and Resources

Call to Action for Businesses

  • Listen and Validate: Listen to your team members sharing their experiences. Validate feelings.
  • Representation: Collect self-identification data. Set targets for increasing diversity and representation, and report progress. On a related note, here’s a link to the BACB’s certificants’ demographic data as of December 9, 2020.
  • Compensation: Is this equitable for Black, Indigenous, and people of color?
  • Advancement: Is this equitable for Black, Indigenous, and people of color? Use our privilege to create equitable advancement opportunities.
  • Projects. Are the same team members getting the opportunity in front of executives? Create opportunities for Black, Indigenous, and people of color voices to be heard, for Black, Indigenous, and team members of color to be given opportunities for projects similar to white counterparts.
  • Employee Referral Programs: Depending on the way our workforce looks, it’s not always the best way to attract candidates (may lead to more homogeneity).
  • Executive Sponsorship: If Black, Indigenous, and people of color’s names aren’t coming up, they haven’t had a chance to get in front of leaders, and they will not be considered for these positions or projects. Create executive sponsorship to improve this.
  • Build Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Program: How can an organization formalize this? Can the organization partner with a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Consultant? (Power to Fly offers trainings from their Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion)
  • Employee Resource Groups or Affinity Groups: This creates opportunity for connection around shared experiences and identities and focus on improvement around specific causes
  • High-Potential Programs
  • Recruiting: Inclusion in Action: A Webinar on How to Source Diverse Talent. As hiring managers, we can say, “I want to ensure that the pool is diverse. I wanted to ensure that minorities are part of the pool.”
  • Black Behavior Analysts Association (BABA): Black Behavior Analysts Association (BABA), Facebook and ways to support


Resources for BIPOC Allies

List created by: Victoria Alexander:

Anti-Racist Starter Kit:

  • Stamped from the Beginning – Ibram X Kendi
  • A People’s History of the United States – Howard Zinn (There is a “young people’s” version for elementary and middle school readers)
  • White Fragility – Robin Diangelo
  • So you want to talk about race – Ijeoma Oluo
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness – Austin Channing Brown
  • Me and White Supremcy – Layla F Saad
  • Stamped – Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

Anti-Racist Intermediate Kit:

  • The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America – Anders Walker
  • The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander
  • The Condemnation of Blackness – Khalil Gibran Muhammad
  • Dying of Whiteness – Jonathan Metzl
  • A Different Mirror – Ronald Takaki
  • How to be an AntiRacist – Ibram X Kendi
  • How the South Wont the Civil War – Heather Cox Richardson

Anti-Racist Topic Specifics:

  • Evicted – Matthew Desmond
  • Nobody – Marc Lamont Hill
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me – James W Loewen
  • Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria – Berver Doniel Tatum, PhD
  • The Color of Law – Richard Rothstein
  • Blackballed – Darryl Pinkney
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me – James W. Loewen

Anti-Racist Lit – Bios, Non-fiction, novels, personal narratives:

  • The Warmth of Other Sons – Isabel Wilkerson
  • The Fire Next time – James Baldwin
  • Malcolm X – Alex Haley
  • Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Killing Rage Ending Racism – Bell Hooks
  • Becoming – Michelle Obama
  • An American By Marriage – Tayari Jones
  • A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota –
  • The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother – James McBride
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Bryan Stevenson
  • The Myth Of Race – Robert Sussman

Anti-Racist Black Feminism Lit:

  • How we Get Free – Keeanga-Yamhtta Taylor
  • Black Feminits Thought – Patricia Hill Collins
  • Ain’t I a Woman Black Women and Feminism – Bell Hooks
  • Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay
  • Eloquent Rage – Brittney Cooper
  • In Search of Our Mothers Gardens – Alice Walker
  • Sister Outsider – Audre Lorde
  • Women Race & Class – Angela Y Davis
  • Assata: An Autobiography – Assata Shakur
  • To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe – Akwugo Emejulu and Francesca Sobande

Anti Racist Black LGBTQ+ Lit:

  • Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
  • Zami – Audre Lorde
  • Real Life – Brandon Taylor
  • Unapologetic A black, queer, and feminist Mandate for Radical Movements – Charlene A Carruthers
  • No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies – E. Patrick Johnson
  • Since I Laid My Burden Down – Brontez Purnell
  • The Other Side of Paradise – Staceyann Chin
  • No Ashes in the Fire – Darnell L. Moore
  • The Summer We Got Free – Mia McKenzie
  • Black Like Me – John Howard Griffin
  • Rising Out of Hatred – Eli Saslow
  • Black On Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identiy – C. Riley Snorton

News and Accomplishments

Diversity Woman Magazine’s First Annual ‘Elite 100’ issue: celebrating Black Women changing the face of Corporate America.

Black Lives Matter nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize

The views and opinions expressed in the above resources are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy, position, or view of Kadiant.