This list of anti-racism resources has been compiled by the National Black Crown Prosecution Association and will be updated regularly. It has been created for our colleagues and members of our wider communities on how to be anti-racist. These resources include organisations, books, podcasts, articles, and films.
The list below is not an exhaustive list and some of the resources may not be new to you. If you have drawn great inspiration from a resource not listed below, please let us know so that it can be shared below.
The difference between being not racist and an antiracist – In this video, author and historian Ibram X. Kendi says there is no such thing as being “not racist”.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story – Novelist Chimamanda Adichie speaks about the dangers of telling a single story about another person or country and the risks it creates.
The Anti-Racism Experiment That Transformed an Oprah Show Audience – Audience members experience racism firsthand when they are divided into two groups: blue eyes and brown eyes as part of an experiment.
Racism has a cost for everyone – Public policy expert Heather C. McGhee speaks about how racism doesn’t just affect people of colour but it affects everything including the economy.
How white fragility obstructs the fight against racism – Explainer video about white fragility
Angela Davis: How Does Change Happen? – Social activist Angela Davis shares insights and strategies for history-making change.
James Baldwin debates racial injustice, at Cambridge University in 1965 – James Baldwin debates whether the ‘American dream’ has been achieved at the expense of African-Americans.
FILMS AND TV
Hidden Figures – The incredible and inspiring story of three female African-American mathematicians at NASA. Available to rent on Amazon Prime.
Selma – Directed by Ava DuVernay, Selma tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s epic march from Selma to Montgomery. Available to rent on Amazon Prime.
Stephen Lawrence: The Murder that Changed a Nation – a three-part documentary series about the Stephen Lawrence case and the impact 25 years later.
Black and British: A Forgotten History – Historian David Olusoga explores the enduring relationship between Britain and people whose origins lie in Africa.
Sitting In Limbo (BBC) – A Windrush scandal inspired TV drama originally released by BBC One.
Unsaid Stories (ITV) – A series of short films exploring racism in all its forms with a glance at its less discussed cousin, unconscious bias.
Time: The Kalief Browder Story – This Netflix series recounts the story of 16-year-old Kalief Browder who was accused of stealing a backpack. Despite not having been convicted, he spent three years in custody in Rikers Island.
Who Killed Malcolm X? – This Netflix series follows a quest to discover who really killed African American activist Malcolm X in 1965.
Black Lives Matter (Amazon Prime) – This documentary discusses the rising of what it calls ‘one of the biggest grassroots movements in the US’ i.e. Black Lives Matter.
The Hate U Give (rent on Amazon Prime) – This drama stars Amandla Sternberg as a teenager who witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend.
Black, White and Us (Amazon Prime) – This documentary follows the journeys of four white families who adopt African American children and addresses whether there is a way to fix the racial divide.
Just Mercy (rent on Amazon Prime) – This film tells the true story of a young lawyer defending a man sentenced to death despite the existence of evidence that proves his innocence.
A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone (Amazon Prime) – This documentary follows the fearless activist as she tackles poverty, racism and inequality with a paintbrush.
When They See Us (Netflix) – This four-part miniseries tells the very real story of what became known as the ‘Central Park Five’ – 5 young and innocent men charged with the assault and rape of a Central Park jogger.
Seven Seconds (Netflix) – This film tells the story of a 15-year-old black cyclist who dies after being struck by a vehicle driven by a white police officer, in a hit-and-run accident. The incident leads to elevated racial tension in Jersey City and pursuit for justice.
American Son (Netflix) – This film starring Kerry Washington details the search for a missing teenage son and the issues that exist within law enforcement.
13th (Netflix) – This 2016 documentary investigates the history of racial inequality, with a specific focus on the fact that the prison’s in the United States house a disproportionate number of African Americans.
Dear White People (Netflix) – This series is based in Winchester University, a college largely attended by white people. It follows the experiences of several students of colour as they navigate what assumes to be a ‘post-racial’ society.
If Beale Street Could Talk (Amazon Prime) – This award-winning film tells the story of a couple’s struggle when one of them is arrested for a crime that they did not commit.
12 Years a Slave (Netflix) – This award-winning Steve McQueen film follows the story of a man promised a job but in fact sold into slavery.
MudBound (Netflix) – This 2017 film with a 97% Rotten Tomatoes rating illustrating the struggle against prejudice and discrimination in the Jim Crow South.
See You Yesterday (Netflix) – This is a science fiction film where two teenage prodigies use their unfinished time travel machine to save a murdered older brother.
All Day and a Night (Netflix) – This story follows a young man who commits a homicide and has to deal with the repercussions of his actions.
Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (Netflix) – A true story about the first African American self-made millionaire starring Octavia Spencer.
Becoming (Netflix) – Becoming is a documentary about former First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama.
#blackAF (Netflix) – This is a single season mockumentary discussing parenting and relationships.
LA 92 (Netflix) – This documentary covers the turbulent aftermath following the verdict of the trial of Rodney King in 1992. Mr King was the victim of police brutality inflicted by the LAPD after a high-speed police chase.
The Innocence Files (Netflix) – This 2020 documentary relays the work of the Innocence Project as well as the experiences of eight wrongfully convicted people.
Fruitvale Station (Netflix) – Ryan Coogler’s directorial debut relays the story of the 2009 killing of Oscar Grant by BART officer Johannes Mehserle at the Fruitvale district station of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system in Oakland.
Show Racism the Red Card – An anti-racism educational charity founded in January of 1996. Some of the educational resources produced by this charity include films featuring prominent football figures such as Harry Kane, Eni Aluko and Ryan Giggs.
Stand Against Racism & Inequality (SARI)– SARI describes itself as ‘a service user/community-oriented agency that provides support and advice to victims of hate and promotes equality and good relations between people with protected characteristics as defined by law.’ It was founded by United Housing Association, a Black and Minority Ethnic housing provider.
Stop Hate UK – An organisation serving communities by challenging any and all forms of Hate Crime and discrimination. It started in 1995 following the murder of Stephen Lawrence, relaunching as Stop Hate UK in 2007 in recognition of the many ways in which hate crimes are perpetrated.
Runnymede –Think tank that aims to “challenge race inequality in Britain through research, network building, leading debate and policy engagement”.
Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust – Set up following the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence “to tackle inequality in all forms” and “work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds aged 13 to 30 to inspire and enable them to succeed in the career of their choice.”
Black Lives Matter: The Story of a Slogan –BBC documentary about the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Stoop – Hosted by Leila Day and Hana Baba, the Stoop explores blackness, race, and identity.
Windrush Stories – Features full-length interviews from members of the Windrush generation.
Say Your Mind – British influencer Kelechi’s podcasts focusing on black issues.
Witness Black History by BBC World Service – Featuring interviews with people who were during pivotal black and civil rights history.
Seeing White – Podcast series with various themes including white supremacy and racial inequity.
The Code Switch – Focusing on themes of race, ethnicity, and culture and how they affect everyday life.
MUSIC ABOUT RACISM
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
Antiracism course – This resource is ideal for those who want to ‘practice bold allyship and end racism in the workplace.’
The politics of racial violence in Britain – A free course by Open University focusing on ‘the skills to identify the criteria for evaluating politics of racial violence in Britain’.
Race, ethnicity and crime – A free course examining the relationships between race, ethnicity, crimes, and the criminal justice system.
Layla F. Saad: Good Ancestor Academy – Anti-racism classes for becoming a good ancestor.
Anti-racism and white privilege course by Nova Reid – Anti-racism education covering covert and overt racism, white privilege, white fragility and more.