Making a Just Society | Elective Affinities

Resources from around the country

National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington D.C.; David Adjaye architect; photo courtesy of the Freelon Adjaye Bond Smith Group JJR team


Smithsonian/National Museum of African American History and Culture

Recommended Resources


158 Resources for understanding systemic racism in America
Smithsonian Magazine

Talking About Race
Smithsonian/National Museum of African American History and Culture

New Era of Public Safety: A Toolkit for Fair, Safe, and Effective Community Policy

Race, Power, and Policy: Dismantling Structural Racism
Racial Equity Tools

Resources supporting Black Lives Matter
American Economic Association

NYT: Black Environmentalists Talk About Climate and Anti-Racism



Extensive data shows punishing reach of racism for Black boys
"The research makes clear that there is something unique about the obstacles black males face" in the United States. Story on the punishing reach of racism in our country.

The New York Times




1619 (New York Times)

WBUR: Racial Justice is Climate Justice

About Race

Code Switch (NPR)

Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast

Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)

Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)

Ear Hustle



Black Lives Matter Boston

Five Ways to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement in Boston

The Bail Project 
Pays bail for those who can’t afford it, so defendants remain free while awaiting a court date.

Color of Change
The nation’s largest online racial justice organization driven by 1.7 million members

Common Cause

Community Coalition

Communities United for Police Reform

Data for Black Lives
Uses data to shed light on the inequality at the root of systemic racism and COVID-19.

Equal Justice Initiative

Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
Committed to restoring the voting rights and civic engagement of those most impacted by policing

Law for Black Lives
Provides legal and policy support to youth-led campaigns to redirect funds from criminal justice systems to education and social services in black communities

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
A coalition of more than 200 national civil rights organizations; leading efforts in the federal arena to create stronger mechanisms for police accountability in local police departments.

A powerful grassroots movement for a more just and participatory media

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Works toward legal and systemic reforms to stem police violence and increase accountability to Black communities

National Black Worker Center Project
Supports worker centers that empower Black workers to advance their rights and improve opportunities in key employment sectors

Repairers of the Breach
Led by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

Support Racial Justice in Massachusetts
Turning action into real change


Register to vote

How to Vote in Every State
See video with info for your state.

Check for forthcoming election dates and registration deadlines.

MIT Election Data and Science Lab



Honoring Juneteenth 2020

Juneteenth, the earliest known public celebration of the end of slavery in the U.S. took place on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas. The day is now observed annually across the country as a day of celebration, reflection, remembrance of ancestors — and dedication to helping the nation fulfill its ideals. In 2020, the day will include demonstrations to call for an end to systemic racism. 


Racism, Violence, and Democracy

Video of a panel discussion on November 16, 2016,​ sponsored by the MIT SHASS Center for International Studies.


Screening of the film "13th"

America makes up 5% of the world's population, yet locks up 25% of the world's prisoners. Ava DuVernay's acclaimed film "13th" explores how we got here. Screening sponsored by MIT SHASS Program in Women and Gender Studies