Anti-Racism Resources

Inspiration & Resources in and around the Williams College and Williamstown

Academic & Williams College Curated Resources

Racism and the Legacy of Enslavement in and around Williamstown, MA

Podcasts & Ted Talks

Netflix Documentaries

Implicit Bias Tests

Organizations & Fundraising



Williams College Library's available collection on racism & anti racism PDF


  • How To Be Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi (Amazon / Bookshop)
  • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson (Amazon / Bookshop
  • Raising Our Hands: How White Women Can Stop Avoiding Hard Conversations, Start Accepting Responsibility, and Find Our Place on the New Frontlines by Jenna Arnold out June 23, 2020 (Amazon / Bookshop
  • When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele (Amazon / Bookshop
  • How To Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide by Crystal M Fleming (Amazon / Bookshop
  • So You Wanna Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (Amazon / Bookshop
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (Amazon / Bookshop
  • White Tears, Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color by Ruby Hamad (Amazon / Bookshop
  • The End of Policing: How the police endanger us and why we need to find an alternative by Alex S. Vitale (Amazon / Bookshop)
  • Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals have Reinviented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class by  (Amazon/Bookshop)


#unmaskingcovid19 @naacpberkshires @berkshirepride #berkshirecommunities #BerkshireCounty @devalpatrick former #massachusettsgovernor #devalpatrick will be meeting with @williamsdaviscenter 's director will be there! All are welcome! #vaccinationeducation #covid19 #williamscollege #williamstownma #pittsfieldma #northadamsma @simons_rock ...

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Hi everyone! It’s me Devon Parfait (‘22) again. Tomorrow I will co-presenting a talk with Ronadh Cox, a Geoscience professor here at the college, and Chief Shirell of my tribe the Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi Chitimacha Choctaw. If you are interested to learn more about our collaboration, the Louisiana tribes, or just have some spare time, I would love for you to be a part of the event! Go register! ...

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As you reflect on and celebrate the life and legacy of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., consider stopping by the First Congo Church to make canned food donations, mitten donations, or grab a letter writing kit! Document your participation on social media using the hashtag mlkmountaintop! #mlkmountaintop More information for engaging can be found at ...

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Join us for programming celebrating and reflecting on the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. More information on how to engage here: [Photo ID: The image shows a black and white photograph of Martin Luther King Jr. speaking in front of five microphones laid over a light blue background with polka dots on the right, stripes on the left, and a yellow circle behind MLK Jr.’s head.] ...

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#immigrantheritagemonth IG: @cisa_wc @williamscollege @williamsinternationals ...

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We are hosting our annual Summer Internship Workshop event, The Three Rs: Researching, Resumes, and Recommendations on Saturday, December 5th from 6-7PM EST. This event is catered towards underclassmen who would like guidance on the summer application process. This first part of our Summer Internship series will focus on researching programs, creating one’s resume and cover letter, and asking for recommendations. #OURstem+ @ephcareers

Here’s the link to join OURSTEM+ (also to receive resources after the event):

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stay connected but stay apart!! we're sad to no longer inhabit the same square miles and the increased covid-19 risk means we won't be gathering in-person, but that doesn't impact our plans to party virtually!

Join in for a live set from Miami-Based DJ @UltraTHEM hosted by Williams Beyond the Binary on Sat Nov 21st, 8-9pm est via

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#End SARS is a #decentralisedsocialmovement and series of mass protests against #policebrutality in #Nigeria. The slogan calls for the disbanding of the #SpecialAnti-RobberySquad (#SARS), a notorious unit of the Nigerian Police with a long record of abuses. Tens of thousands of Nigerians have been demonstrating for weeks.
Join us for a panel conversation on the #EndSARS Protests and the repressive response by the state in Nigeria. Our panelists are #AbosedeGeorge, Associate Professor of History and #AfricanaStudies at Barnard College and #JacobOlupona, Professor of #AfricanReligiousTraditions, with a joint appointment as Professor of African and African American Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at #HarvardDivinitySchool. The conversation will be moderated by #BenjaminTwagira, Assistant Professor of History at Williams College. Audience Q&A to follow.
Co-Sponsored by the History Department, Global Studies, Africana Studies, WASO (Williams African Students Organization), and the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies.

Please see link in poster to register

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#racialequity #sovialjustice #nbcc #northernberkshirecommunitycoalition #northernberkshires #berkshirecounty #DIREcommittee #williamstownracialjustice #Williamscollege #berkshirecommunities #northberkshirecitySPIRIT ...

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#williamscollege #Africana  #MatthewSmith, 
    #SterlingBrown '22 Visiting Professor of Africana Studies


   #Music, Rights, and the Imaginationof #Jamaica

@williamscollege Born out of a context both universal to the black experience and particular 

to its social circumstances, Reggae music became a recognizable part of the 

global mainstream in the 1970s. Much of this success was in large measure 

due to the charismatic influence of Bob Marley. Even at middle age, Reggae 

has sustained its reputation as rebel music for global youth who remain its 

biggest consumers. Along the way creation myths have hardened. The 

microhistories of Reggae’s formation and slow rise remain tangled threads in 

the larger story of Jamaica.

This multimedia presentation returns to the early years of Reggae drawing out fine 
details that are critical but often overlooked parts of its biography. It examines these 
foundational years through reflections on various performances and uses of Bob Marley’s 
song One Love. It argues that like the song, Reggae’s power can best be appreciated by 
close consideration of the struggle for civil rights and the cultural intersections between 
independent Jamaica and the United States in the 1960s. 

#bobmarley #RobertNestaMarley #onelove #rootsreggae email unix NIM2 for zoomlink

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#Diwali2020 #HappyDiwali #WilliamsCollege #Namaste May the beauty of Deepavali fill your home with happiness, and may the coming year provide you with everything that brings you joy @ephsasa HSA ...

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Book Launch for Afrocubanas: 

   History, Thought, 

and Cultural Practices

Friday, November 13, 2020 Noon–1:30 pm Register here

Join #Williamscollege and #DavidsonColleges for the launch of #Afrocubanas: 
History, Thought, and Cultural Practices. Originally published in Spanish
and edited by Cuban historian #DaisyRubieraCastillo and playwright and
theater critic #InésMaríaMartiatu Terry, this ground-breaking edited collection
is the first work of its kind. It places the experiences of black and #mulata 
women at the center of #Cubanhistory. The book provides new histories,
analysis, and testimonies about black women’s lives to challenge negative
stereotypes about black women in Cuba.
In dialogue with Professor Neil Roberts from Williams College,
Dr. Devyn Spence Benson (the editor for this translation) will share the process
that led to the new English edition (Rowman and Littlefield, 2020), examine the
politics of translating black Cuban women’s experiences into English, and explore
how translation serves as an act of radical black feminism.
Sponsored by the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies,
Africana Studies, and Latina/o Studies at Williams College and Davidson’s
Africana Studies and Latin American Studies Departments.

All are welcome but registration required...

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#williamsdaviscenter #williamscollegecommunity @ibnusamahansari @wc.bstem @wcblackstudentunion @williamsafricanastudies

 "Black Music and Freedom: Blues Legacies and Black Feminism" 

with Marcus Shelby (featuring Tiffany Austin)

Wednesday, November 11  6:00–8:00

#MarcusShelby, a renowned composer, bassist, arranger, bandleader, and director of Healdsburg Jazz is giving a virtual presentation and performance for AFR 440: #PerformingBlackness and you're also invited!  Over the past two decades Marcus Shelby has explored the relationship between the blues and Freedom Movements in the United States, composing for big band orchestra including suites about Harriet Tubman, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the music of the Civil Rights Movement, the history of Negro League baseball, the Port Chicago Mutiny during War World 2, and mass incarceration. This presentation will include a discussion on the history and meaning of the songs sung by “Ma” Gertrude Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday, videos, recordings, photos, and live performances throughout, featuring special guest vocalist and lyricist Tiffany Austin with Marcus Shelby on bass. This event is made possible by the Lecture Committee, Africana Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Music and the Center for Learning in Action. Please direct any questions to Professor Rashida K. Braggs at [email protected]   #africanastudies

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We are very sorry to hear of the tragic passing of a member of our Williams College community.  We hope the family, friends, teachers, coaches, and teammates find peace during these times when the feelings are most raw and painful; and that with time they can feel the love and joy of them again.  Our truest sympathy.  Any who need help during these times please know that we, and an army of others are here to support you, or in the least: listen.  Peace to you all. ...

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@aasiaatwilliams #aasiaatwilliams #williamscollege #jasonchu In a 45-60 minute interactive workshop, rapper/activist Jason chu helps attendees explore Asian American history: its systemic erasure from popular culture and history books, and the reality of 170+ years of Asian American communities, cultures, social activism, and civic participation. The audience will gain a working familiarity with concepts like the “Black/White Racial Binary”, the “Model Minority Myth”, “Yellow Peril”, and the diversity of the Asian American community, including East/Southeast/South Asians, multiracial individuals, and adoptees . #AsianAmericanactivism this Friday . to register @williamscollege ...

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Did you know about the #williamssupportscalendar ?  The DC has teamed up with other great #WilliamsCollege community members to provide support and succor at your fingertips: #dropinofficehours #someonetolistentoyou #youreheard The calendar can be added to your regular #googlecalendar or just referred to when you think you need someone.  There's always someone to listen, sometimes it's just hard to see them....accessible to #williamscollegestudents , staff & faculty.... we'll "see you soon!" ...

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#thankyouforvoting #exercisingyourcivicduty #electionday2020 THANK YOU FOR VOTING!  If you haven't yet, polls in #Massachusetts close at 8 p.m.  If you're in line you get to vote, even after 'voting has closed.'  Thank you again for voting.  We're #bettertogether #williamscollege #WilliamsCollegeDavisCenter #TheDavisCenter #purplecows love voting. ...

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How are you doing?  Can you believe it's #electionnight2020 already?!  It seems to have both gone by in a flash and taken a lifetime to get here: now it's here and we at the DC are wondering: #areyoudoingokay ?  #weareheartolisten . Tonight we'll be hosting a drop-in Zoom as a place and space for you to express your hopes and fears, concerns and aspirations--we're here to listen.  #WilliamsCollegeDavisCenter #WilliamsCollege #BetterTogether #justbreath #thesetimestooshallpass

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Tomorrow, #postelectionconversation #postelection dialog with OIDEI at 7 pm 11/04/2020 est... #votingrights register to get the zoom link : #williamsdaviscenter #williamscollege ...

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#ChrisChalk #WilliamsCollegeTheaterDepartment #WilliamsCollege #October312020 #WilliamstownMA #WilliamstownTheaterFestival #RepresentationInFilm #Representationintheater #allarewelcome #theGreenRoom #peacefulspaceforprogressiveminds #criticalengagement #OmarSangare
The series has been established by Omar Sangare, Chair and Professor of Theatre. This event was made possible, in part, thanks to the Lecture Committee.
“The Green Room: a peaceful space for progressive minds” is as a weekly informal conversation moderated by Williams professors and students, “The Green Room” will offer an opportunity for Williams students and community members to critically engage with the arts industries in which they someday hope to work, and learn from important leaders in those industries. The goal of this program will be to offer advice and mentorship resources to socially-minded, artistically conscious Williams students, but also to serve as a platform through which students can participate in a dialogue with leaders in the arts.

We’re inviting a diverse group of leading performing artists to join us in conversation over the course of the academic year, and we would love for you to be among them. “The Green Room: a peaceful space for progressive minds” will consist of serially-produced one-hour “episodes” in which speakers will be introduced, be given the opportunity to make a statement on your vision and advice, and later have a chance to answer questions from students. These discussions will take place via Zoom (or another interactive platform). All are welcome!

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Vista in collaboration with the Latina/o Studies Department is bringing to campus (virtually) Monica Palacios, a Chicana playwright, solo performer, director, and "international hip chick" as part of Latinx Heritage Month. The talk will take place on Zoom Wednesday, October 28th, from 4-5 pm EST. #williamsdaviscenter #williamsLatinX #monicapalacios #williamstownma @wcvistagram @wcritmolatino @williamscollege #latinxheritagemonth #latinxartist tomorrow!! #chicana
#latinxlgbtq @wcqsu
Monica Palacios is the creator of solo shows, plays, screenplays, short stories, stand-up comedy, poems, featuring the Latinx LGBTQ experience.  Monica is featured in the new queer documentary STAND UP, STAND OUT: The Making Of A Comedy Movement, (2019) by David Pavlosky about the first gay comedy club in the nation during the 1980s in San Francisco. Monica was selected as the Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in Residence at Smith College 2019. Palacios was granted The McKenna Guest Artist Award 2019 during her fall residency at Holyoke Community College. National and international scholars have critically engaged her work in academic journals, books, dissertations and conference panels.  Palacios has received numerous awards for her positive contributions to the Latinx LGBTQ population, most recently from the City of Los Angeles as a Latinx LGBTQ Trailblazer 2017. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa declared October 12, 2012 “Monica Palacios Day” honoring Monica’s 30 year career as a pioneering Chicana lesbian writer/performer.  Monica received a Postdoctoral Rockefeller Fellowship from UC Santa Barbara allowing her to write, direct and produce her play Sweet Peace.  Monica has taught at: Smith College, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, Loyola Marymount University, California State University Long Beach, California State University Los Angeles, Claremont College,  Pomona College and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts."

Zoom Link: Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 937 9128 1348
Passcode: 147374

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#BlackVoicesMatter #BarringtonStageCompany #Submissionsneeded #PittsfieldMass #BerkshireCounty #BlackInTheBerkshires #BlackLivesMatter #BeHeard #BerkshireCountyTheater ...

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#Berkshirecountyhistory #Africanamericanhistory @williamsafricanastudies @williams_africans #williamscollege #tuftsuniversity @historyephs #williamscollegehistory #getyourlearnon #oralhistories #themoreyouknow🌈 ...

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