Liberation Resources

Amplifying a variety of resources for our communities to help deepen anti-racism work.


Eleven-year-old Isabella’s blended family is more divided than ever in this multilayered story about divorce and racial identity from NY Times bestselling author Sharon M. Draper, who doesn’t shy away from challenging topics like struggling to find your voice, gun violence and socioeconomic imbalances, which are addressed as Isabella’s experience. To read more about this book, visit

The ABCs of Black History

"I hope that children are able to see themselves. I hope that they’re able to see that Black history has been a story of triumph and joy and not only one of struggle," said NY Times bestselling author Rio Cortez as we discussed The ABCs of Black History book — available at all of our KIPP SoCal elementary schools. Check out the aspirations for this read and a powerful read-aloud.

A People's History of the United States

A People’s History of the United States book has been chronicling U.S. history from the bottom up from the point of view of — and in the words of — America’s women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working class, and immigrant laborers. To read the insightful analysis of important events in U.S. history, check out

Learning for Justice: "Teaching Hard History" Podcast

Learning for Justice seeks to be a catalyst for racial justice by working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements, and advance the human rights of all people. Their “Teaching Hard History” Podcast brings us American history lessons through the voices of leading scholars and educators. Interested in listening to the hard history? Check out the podcast!

Human Rights Campaign®

By inspiring and engaging individuals and communities, the Human Rights Campaign® strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. HRC partners with people across demographics, industries and governments to provide leadership on how to back up pro-equality statements with real action. Learn how they tackle inequality!  

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At KIPP, we work to create classrooms that embrace student experience, provide meaningful discourse, and encourage action. "We believe the best work we do is grounded in the realities and experiences of our families and KIPPsters." To learn more visit,

American Trans Resource Hub

The American Trans Resource Hub (ATRH) is a nonprofit that provides peer support services for trans people by trans people, founded by KIPP SoCal alumnus, Aris Reyes. Since their 2020 inception, ATRH has launched a “Trans Safe Space Campaign” advocating safe spaces for the transgender and gender-nonconforming communities. Learn more about the resources they provide for trans rights at

Books to Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month

"To celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, PBS KIDS put together a list of favorite books featuring Asian characters, written by Asian authors, or illustrated by Asian artists — all chosen by kids and parents!" They support the ecosystem in which children learn, including their teachers, parents and community. "Check out these heartwarming and fun tales with your family at"


TreePeople is L.A.’s largest environmental movement to inspire, engage, and support community members to come together to plant and care for trees, harvest the rain, and renew depleted landscapes. Watch their ‘Learn@Home’ video as they bring awareness and a vision for the L.A. River — once a thriving, unifying source of water — is now almost entirely encased in concrete; visit to learn more.

Women, Race & Class

Women, Race & Class, by political activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis, is a powerful study of the women's liberation movement in the U.S., from abolitionist days to the present, that demonstrates how it has always been hindered by the racist and classist biases of its leaders. Read more and explore how Davis uncovers the divisions in the feminisit movement through a historical lens in this book.

Change Sings

Change Sings, is a lyrical picture book by presidential inaugural youth poet and activist, Amanda Gorman and #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long. Written as a children’s anthem, a young girl leads a cast of characters on a musical journey, they learn that they have the power to make changes — big or small — in the world, in their communities, and most importantly, in themselves. Coming September 2021.

A Promised Land

A Promised Land is a deeply personal account of history in the making — the story of a young man searching for his identity, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage, the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, and the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making. Obama never wavers from his belief that progress is always possible. For more, add this NY Times bestseller book to your reading list.

A Resource Guide for Schools and Districts: Addressing Racism in the Education System

A Resource Guide for Schools and Districts: Addressing Racism in our Educational System” is a starting point for professional development on issues of equity, justice, and anti-Blackness. This guide asks educators to think of concrete ways in which their support can extend beyond words, challenge racism, and uplift Black youth. Check out this guide to help put resources into action. 

The COVID-19 Crisis Has Already Left Too Many Children Hungry In America

In “The COVID-19 Crisis Has Already Left Too Many Children Hungry In America,” Bauer shines a light on nationally representative surveys, fielded since the pandemic began, to show that rates of food insecurity are higher than they have ever been on record. She urges Congress to strengthen and expand food security programs. For greater detail, check out the full article.

Exposing Race As A Biological Concept

In this chapter of “Exposing Race as an Obsolete Biological Concept,” Goodman stresses the importance of teaching students about the invalidity of racial categories from a biological standpoint. He prompts readers to examine and discuss everyday issues of race and opportunity in the classrooms and schools. Read more on the development and dismantling of racist ideologies in science.

Climbing Out Of The Gap

In the 1st chapter, “Climbing Out of the Gap: Supporting Dependent Learners to Become Independent Thinkers,” Hammond highlights the teaching and learning gap that exists between many culturally and linguistically diverse students and their White peers. Given classroom studies, Hammond suggests “culturally responsive teaching as a powerful tool.” Read more on how to better support diverse learners.

Pedagogy Of The Oppressed

Combining educational and political philosophy, Pedagogy of the Oppressed offers an analysis of oppression and a theory of liberation. Freire believes that education must be remade to inspire and enable the oppressed in their struggle for liberation. This new style of education focuses on consciousness-raising, dialogue, and collaboration between teacher and student to achieve greater humanization for all.

The 1619 Project

“1619” is a New York Times audio series that examines the long shadow of American slavery. In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia — it is time to tell the story. To learn more, you can listen to the "1619" episodes or read the full transcripts or explore lesson plans for children.

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism 

Robin DiAngelo explores the defensive reactions white people have when they are racially challenged and how it prevents any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. Add this New York Times bestseller book and reading guide to your library or read DiAngelo's "How White Fragility Supports Racism and How Whites Can Stop It."

13th (Netflix Documentary)

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history and intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African Americans. Watch this thought-provoking Netflix documentary and explore this discussion guide to continue the conversation.

How to Be an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi weaves in ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism — to help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their harmful consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves. Read "the most courageous book to date on the problem of race..." —The New York Times