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Integrity, respect, accountability, diversity and inclusiveness are shared values of our institution and are at the core of what it means to be a UAB Blazer. At UAB, everybody counts every day. The students, faculty and staff who comprise our richly diverse and inclusive campus — and take pride in living these values — are hurting, along with our community and country.

The senseless murder of George Floyd — fueled by racism and hate — is tragic, unacceptable and not isolated. The recent abhorrent killings of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery show a disturbing pattern and are proof that an intentional focus on the values we espouse as members of the UAB community are needed now. These incidents have continued to surface as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, which has highlighted the systemic health disparities in African American and Latinx communities consistently addressed by leadership in our School of Medicine, as well as uneven enforcement of social distancing executive orders and anti-Asian bias. 

The Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion encourages anyone who is seeking to become an ally or even those who simply desire to educate themselves about allyship and what it means to be anti-racist to ACT - advocate awareness, take action and commit to education.  

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Advocate Awareness:

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Commit to Education:

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Take Action:

  • Engage in uncomfortable conversation.
  • Get involved with local and national organizations.

 

Below is a listing of anti-racist resources that are just a start toward learning about and understanding racism in the US and abroad.  

Resources for parents to raise anti-racist children:

Articles to read:

Videos to watch:

Podcasts to subscribe to:

Books to read:

Films and TV series to watch:

  • 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets - HBO Max
  • 4 Little Girls - Amazon Prime, HBO Max
  • 12 Years a Slave - Prime Video
  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black 14 - Amazon Prime
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dark Girls - Amazon Prime
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Dispatches from Cleveland - Amazon Prime
  • Freedom Riders - Amazon Prime
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • Hidden Figures - Hulu, Amazon Prime
  • Hoop Dreams - Amazon Prime, HBO Max
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent
  • KIKI - Hulu, Amazon Prime
  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO
  • LA 92 - Netflix, Amazon Prime
  • Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 - Netflix, Prime Video
  • Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise - Amazon Prime
  • Mudbound - Netflix
  • Reconstruction: America After the Civil War - PBS
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
  • Strong Island - Netflix
  • Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement - Amazon Prime
  • The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross - PBS 
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Central Park Five - Amazon Prime
  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson - Netflix
  • The Force - Netflix, Amazon Prime
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
  • True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality - HBO Go
  • What Happened, Miss Simone? - Netflix
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • Whose Streets? - Amazon Prime, Hulu

Syllabi:

Toolkits:

Organizations to follow on social media:

More anti-racism resources to check out:

Resources for self-care:

 

Resources compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020. (Additional resources added by ODEI.) Download the list hereSee additional anti-racism resources here.