Ally List

Welcome Allies!! We are glad to have you!  

JANUARY 6, 2021. CAPITOL INSURRECTION.

ENOUGH SAID.

 

Dorothy’s Daughter hosts

A SAFE SPACE FOR WHITE ALLIES

OF #BLM TO ERADICATE RACISM

February 21st, March 7th & 21st, April 4th & 18th

(Every 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month)

7PM E.S.T./ 6PM C.S.T./ 4PM P.S.T.

Reserve your space today!! ALL ARE WELCOME.

EVENTBRITE LINK:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-safe-space-for-white-allies-of-blm-to-eradicate-racism-tickets-111575146266

FEATURED VIDEO WITH AMBER RUFFIN:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdRAuBuZMNQ

ALLY LIST

I made the Ally List in honor of my mother the late Dorothy Hampton Marcus who worked tirelessly in the field of Racial Justice before it, or the term “white privilege” was coined. She began this journey in the late 1950s and continued into the 90s when she really used her knowledge to help heal my racially divided hometown of Teaneck, New Jersey after the shooting of my fellow student, 16 year old Phillip Pannell by a white police officer. We marched, we had our “riots”, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton came to our high school, the whole nine.

After the shooting, she led inter-racial dialogues which allowed everyone to have a voice, and white residents learned about the racial profiling, harassment, and brutality that had gone on in the town (and on the New Jersey Turnpike), for decades. When Trayvon was killed and I saw the marches, and protests, it brought back my memories of being a teenager and marching for justice.

And now here we are, NINE years after Trayvon, (whose killer is still walks free despite being involved in many subsequent violent incidents), and we was Christian Cooper being profiled for bird-watching, and daring to ask a woman to leash her dog AND THE WHOLE WORLD saw  George Floyd killed so mercilessly on the very same day!

Both men the same age as me, and as I have witnessed a lot of White America’s incredible awakening, I deeply mourn the fact that my Mom is not here to see it all unfold….

This page is a growing list for allies who want to know how they can support the Black Community. I have listed films, books, podcasts, websites, articles, videos, and actions and exercises. If you have any additional suggestions, please let me know @kayprism on IG. 

This is my way of continuing my late mother’s work. I added this page to her site on June 7th, 2020, on what would have been her 88th birthday.

On her behalf, I thank you! 

Sincerely,

Dorothy’s Proud Daughter

 

A bit of Dorothy’s story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKLVp3mXEhM

Her last press: http://dorothystory.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Kaypri_Mom_WSJFeature.pdf

 

 

ALLY LIST – (Updated weekly)

Compiled by Kaypri @kayprism

 

 

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FILMS

Please keep in mind that many historical films about Black people have been written and directed by White people, usually White males. For the most part, they will not be listed here.

TV employs the greatest number of writers of Color: https://www.wga.org/uploadedfiles/the-guild/inclusion-and-equity/2019_wga_inclusion_report.pdf

 

Narrative Films:

Roots – book/mini-series  – The first mini-series ever. Based on Alex Haley’s book of the same name after he researched his own family history. The first filmed representation of slavery ever done in America.

The Hate You Give – book/film – A Black Lives Matter timepiece very timely right now excellent for the pre-teen and adolescent audience released in 2018. PG-13   HULU

When They See Us-Four Episode Limited Series on Netflix about the five young black teens who were wrongly fully accused of a gangrape in Central Park on April 19, 1989 and how they were eventually exonerated after the confession of the real rapist, in 2002.

The Glass Shield – 1994 – Directed by Charles Burnett – Two cops become compelled to act against corruption and discrimination within their police precinct. (Was in and out of the theaters, most people have never heard of it.)

Boyz N The Hood – film   Based on the life of the late filmmaker John Singleton. Gives real insight in the psychology behind gang culture particularly in South Los Angeles AKA “South Central” and “Crenshaw”

Just Mercy2020See Book List below – After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation.  Great film but the book is a MUST READ.

Nothing But A Man – 1964 – A little known independent drama released during the Blaxpoitation era. A love story set during the oppressive racism of the 1960’s. I discovered this movie on TV in the middle of the night while in college. It is one of my favorite movies. YOUTUBE

The Spook Who Sat By The Door – 1973 – Based on the novel by Sam Greenlee. YOUTUBE

 

Documentary Films

JOHN LEWIS: Good Trouble – CURRENTLY STREAMING  https://www.johnlewisgoodtrouble.com/

Slavery By Another Name – The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II (2008 book by American writer Douglas A. Blackmon) Documents the history of the peonage system in America – A MUST SEE

WATCH HERE: http://www.slaverybyanothername.com/pbs-film/

Eyes On The Prize America’s Civil Rights Years (1954-1965) and Eyes On The Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads 1965-mid 1980s   – Documentary Series by Henry Hampton about the Civil Rights Movement

Whose Streets? – An account of the Ferguson uprising as told by the people who lived it. The filmmakers look at how the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement.  – HULU

I’ll Make Me a World: A Century of African-American Arts (1999) – Henry Hampton’s project about the history of the Black Arts in America. One of my favorite docs ever!

More on Henry Hampton’s life and legacy: https://library.wustl.edu/activist-director-visionary-extraordinary-influence-henry-hampton/

Stanley Nelson is an award winning documentarian:

Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution – Examines the rise of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s and its impact on civil rights and American culture. 

www.pbs.org/independentlens/videos/the-black-panthers-vanguard-of-the-revolution-full-film/

Freedom Riders – Freedom Riders were groups of white and African American civil rights activists who participated in Freedom Rides, bus trips through the American South in 1961 to protest segregated bus terminals.

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/freedomriders/

Chisholm ’72 – Unbought & Unbossed -Directed by Shola Lynch

The nation’s first African-American congresswoman, the passionate Chisholm launches a campaign for the United States presidency in the 1972 election, and wins an impressive amount of support, given the era and the still-prevailing prejudices of many voters. (based on her autobiography)

Watch here at California Newsreel Various Documentaries: http://newsreel.org/nav/title.asp?tc=CN0012https://

The 13thExplores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. – NETFLIX

WATCH HERE:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krfcq5pF8u8

Fahrenheit 911– Uses humor and connect-the-dots investigative journalism to document how cynical profiteering of corporations and a political elite beholden to special interests are all cited as elements of a corrupt system. 9/11 was used as a prop to stoke fear in the US and how media shaped a narrative against Black people and others of Color that still exist today.

Freeway Rick Ross: Crack In The System – The story of how crack came to be an epidemic in America and all of the facets involved. A MUST SEE. (The rapper Rick Ross stole the real man’s name.)

WATCH HERE:  https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7sujk1

The House We Live In – doc – History of how drugs came to be what they are in society today and the disparities in jail sentences for different communities. One of my favorite documentaries of all time.

The House I Live In

Central Park Five – The story of the now “Exonerated Five” who When They See Us, the limited series is based on.

The Pieces I Am – Toni Morrison documentary – This is an absolutely beautiful film most of which is in her own spoken words.

Bastards of the Party – Details the history of Gang Culture in Los Angeles how it evolved from the The Black Panther Party to Crips & Bloods

WATCH HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB3z2oHKFi4

 

STAND UP COMEDY

8:46 Dave Chappelle  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tR6mKcBbT4

Michael Che Matters – NETFLIX

W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro – NETFLIX

Totally Biased with Kamau Bell aired on Comedy Central from 2012-2013. It can be ordered, and there are plenty of clips on YouTube.

BOOKS

You can start by looking up African-American authors online, in the library, or an independent Black bookstore, and see what grabs you. Here are some of me and my late mother’s favorites:

NON-FICTION

The Autobiography of Malcolm X,  As told to Alex HaleyI read this in college and it changed my life I wish I had read it sooner. MUST READ. A CLASSIC.

Manchild in the Promised Land – Claude Brown

Frantz Fanon – The Wretched of The Earth – 1961 – My mother had the hardcover in her library.

Richard Wright – Black Boy, Native Son  – Richard ended up being an ex-patriate in Paris to escape racism and persecution

James Baldwin – The Fire Next Time (Mom had this is hard cover, there are several other books including his essays, Also plenty of his interviews to view online. He was also an ex-patriate who moved to Paris)

The Fire This Time – A New Generation of Writers On Race In America – edited by Jesmyn Ward – 2016 (Anthology)

The Souls of Black Folk – W.E.B. Du Bois

Kevin Powell – One of the leading political, cultural, literary, and hip-hop voices in America, and author of 14 books, including his new title, When We Free The World, about the present and future of America. (Release on Apple Books Father’s Day 2020.  

Nathan McCall – Makes Me Wanna Holler A Black Man In America (This book has a lot of truth about being a Black male in this society. Nathan went from being in jail to being a respected journalist.)

Antwone Fisher – Finding Fish  One of my favorite books of all time. His commentary on the foster care system is powerful. 

Assata by Assata Shakur   Autobiography of this former Black Panther who still lives in exile in Cuba til this very day. My mother met her and took a photo with her when she visited Cuba.

A Taste Of Power by Elaine Brown  Another insight into the Black Panthers especially with a female perspective.

Patrice Gaines – Laughing In The Dark From Colored Girl to Woman of Color–A Journey From Prison to Power   I loved this book which tells the story of  a Black female getting incarcerated because of her ties to her boyfriend. This has happened a lot. Years after I read this book my mother took a writing class with Patrice and became a great fan on her both personally and professionally. 

Maya Angelou starting with I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (books, poems)   I read all of her books after her death including her last autobiography my mother’s hardcover of Gather Together In My Name signed by Maya. Maya was indeed a phenomenal woman and her story is absolutely incredible.

Having Our Say by The Delaney Sisters (also a play and tv movie)  These women were centurian authors who lived well into their 100’s. We both read the book and saw the Broadway play with Mary Alice and Gloria Foster (She played the Oracle in The Matrix)  Both were veteran stage actors.

Nikki Giovanni – Starting with Racism: 101   Nikki is a gifted poet and I have seen her speak several times. She and my Mom share a birthday and she was kind enough to write a back cover book blurb for Mom’s book.

Other Black Arts Movement Female Poets: Sonia Sanchez, Gwendolyn Brooks

Jesmyn Ward – Starting with Men We Reaped  Award winning contemporary author from Mississippi.

Michelle Alexander – The New Jim Crow   Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness  This book is a history lesson in how Jim Crow evolved into the criminal (in)justice system we know today. A MUST READ RIGHT NOW!

Patrisse Khan-Cullors – When They Call You A Terrorist – A Black Lives Matter Memoir

Bryan Stevenson – Just Mercy  The movie was released in January 2020 but the book is VERY powerful VERY educational and speaks to the heart of what a lot of strife that has emerged in wake of the George Floyd Rebellion is all about. 

Ibram X. Kendi – How To Be An Anti-Racist

Layla Saad – Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad (A workbook for those that ready to really be an ally)

Austin Channing Brown – I’m Still Here Black Dignity In A World Made For Whiteness

Ijeoma Oluo- So You Want To Talk About Race

Carol Anderson – White Rage  The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

Michael Eric Dyson – Tears We Cannot Stop

Beverly Daniel Tatum – Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria?  This is a classic to understanding de-facto segregation and the origins of that behavior.

Ta-Nehesi Coates starting with Between The World And Me   Another testimony in memoir from the Pulitzer prize winning writer’s fears for his son. Has also toured as a staged reading in New York and Atlanta. A MUST READ. *He also wrote a very powerful article on reparations for The Atlantic which you will see in the link section below.

Jill Nelson – starting with Volunteer Slavery – Memoir of a Black woman’s experience working as a writer at The Washington Post – Today there are still great disparities in hiring non-whites in journalistic institutions and news organizations.

FICTION

J. California Cooperstarting with The Wake of The Wind – One of our all time favorite authors. She started with short stories but evolved with novels and Wake of the Wind is my favorite. I used to go to her book signings where she told us, “All I do is write about people breaking the ten commandments.” She was absolutely delightful to experience. I love her writing because it is “downhome” southern, and inviting.

Toni Morrison – starting with The Bluest Eye  What a great loss in 2018. One of Oprah’s favorite authors. (She was an Aquarius so you really have to stay with her on the page, but it’s always worth it.) The Bluest Eye is a quick read along with Sula. A very intellectual and spiritual writer. The kind you have to read her sentences more than once. The documentary on her is great, such a shame it went in and out of the theaters in 2018.

Octavia Butler – starting with Kindred (Science Fiction)  If you love Science Fiction you will LOVE Octavia! She died too young. Filmed interpretations of her books are finally in the works!! I read this in three days in undergrad. True page turner.

Ernest Gaines – A Lesson Before DyingA classic award winning book (and play) offers insight into unjust imprisonment just like James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk which was made into a film.

Walter Mosley – starting with Devil In A Blue Dress – If you love mysteries The Easy Rawlins series will keep you on your toes and teach you history of the communities that they take place in at the same time. The most colorful characters jump off the page especially the character of Mouse which Don Cheadle embodied in the film based on book #1. The movie was good but Walter’s books are everything! Mom was a HUGE fan!!!

Bebe Moore Campbell – starting with Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine  – Great book for White Woman who want to understand Black Women. One of Mom’s faves. We both LOVED her books.

Bernice McFadden – starting with Sugar – One of my absolute favorite authors. Readers loved Sugar so much, that Bernice created a sequel for us years later, This Bitter Earth. She also writes non-fiction. Just a fabulous writer!

 

MUST READS ON BLACK HISTORY

Before The Mayflower A History of the Negro In America by Lerone Bennett Jr. – A GREAT OVERVIEW OF BLACK HISTORY. MUST READ. This history is not taught in the schools!!!

Parting the Waters: America During the King Years – Taylor Branch – My mother ADORED this book!

Ida: A Sword Among Lions Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching biography by Paula Giddings

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

SLAVERY BEYOND THE ONE PARAGRAPH IN YOUR HISTORY BOOK

When I Was a Slave: Memoirs from the Slave Narrative Collection – MUST READ!!

Works Progress Association (WPA)- Federal Writer’s Project, 1936 -1938

The Slave Narrative Collection

https://www.loc.gov/collections/slave-narratives-from-the-federal-writers-project-1936-to-1938/articles-and-essays/introduction-to-the-wpa-slave-narratives/wpa-and-the-slave-narrative-collection/

Slave Ship – A Human History (Narratives)

Adventures of an African Slaver  by Capt. Theodore Canot

Dreams of Africa In Alabama by Sylviane A. Diouf (story about the last slave ship The Clotilda and the establishment of Africatown)

Slavery in Florida by Larry Eugene Rivers (establishment of the first Black town America, El Mose which was later changed to St Augustine-connection between Native Americans and Black people)

Authors I am missing? Please let me know! This is a growing list!

 

ONLINE LINKS (podcasts, articles, commentary, exercises)

PODCASTS:

Scene on Radio Season 2: Whiteness (2017)

https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/

NPR – Codeswitch: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510312/codeswitch

ARTICLES AND LINKS:

Peggy McIntosh Article that introduced White Privilege: The Invisible Knapsack 1989

When I first showed this article to my Mom, she was so excited! She finally had a tool for explaining what she had been trying to tell people all along!

https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/mcintosh.pdf

The Meaning of 4th of July to the Negro

By Frederick Douglass (1950)

“I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us.”

FULL TEXT: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4h2927t.html

 

What the 4th of July Means to Me by Kevin Powell (2020)

View at Medium.com

75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice

https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

Media Resources for Children about Race and Racism

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/common-sense-media-resources-about-race-and-racism

Trevor Noah speaking on the Domino Affect – George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper

Kimberly Jones: How Can We Win? – On Saturday, May 30th filmmaker and photographer David Jones of David Jones Media felt compelled to go out and serve the community in some way. He decided to use his art to try and explain the events that were currently impacting our lives. The day after his friend, author Kimberly Jones tagged along to conduct interviews. During a moment of downtime he captured these powerful words from her and felt the world couldn’t wait for the full length documentary, they needed to hear them now.

Bryan Stevenson: There’s a Direct Line From Lynching to George Floyd

Huffington Post: 11 Things to Do Besides Say “This Has To Stop” In The Wake of Police Brutality – June 2020   https://apple.news/Ataqg5fL1SUOHp2M4xeYPsA

Courageous Conversations:

https://courageousconversation.com/

Short Video About Institutionalized Racism:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRZkCpUfEQY&feature=youtu.be

Free Classroom Resources – Teaching Tolerance  (Southern Poverty Law Center) – Dorothy was a life-long supporter of this organization.

https://www.tolerance.org/about

Racism Has a Cost for Everyone – TED Talk – Heather McGhee   https://youtu.be/eaCrsBtiYA4

ORGANIZATIONS TO SUPPORT/JOIN

Black Lives Matter  www.blacklivesmatter.com

Black Visions Collective . www.blackvisionsmn.org

Campaign Zero  www.joincampaignzero.org

Coming to the Table  www.comingtothetable.org

Communities United Against Police Brutality  www.cuapb.org

NAACP Legal Defense  www.naacpldf.org

NOTE: NAACP has had White members since it’s founding.

National Bail Out  www.nationalbailout.org

Reclaim the Block  www.reclaimtheblock.org

Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ)  www.showingupforracialjustice.org

Unicorn Riot  www.unicornriot.ninja

Equal Justice Initiative  www.eji.org

 

MUST READ ARTICLES:

Project 1619 – Pulitzer Prize Winning Research Project – New York Times

https://nikolehannahjones.com/

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html

Ta-Nehisi Coates The Case For Reparations – The Atlantic

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/

OTHER SOURCES:

Ways To Act Now

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DU8WZpYZLTtX8Jva6JW1MvVLqBbDNvV0/view

Anti –Racism Resources Document

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO-QgirITwCTugSfKie5Fs/mobilebasic?fbclid=IwAR0cJZh3Wb33q0qAHphYypwuUppLOr_DOTdt9CHTxRWCVxRLUD5bjb91p34

EXERCISES

Harvard University Implicit Bias Online Test

https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html   Agree and choose: “Race (Black-White IAT)”

Privilege Walk Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZ670ooc6Qc

Privilege Walk Document  

http://doloreshuerta.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/privilege-walk.pdf

ACTIONS:

Follow/Donate:  #blacklivesmatter https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019

@untilfreedom @tamikadmallory  www.untilfreedom.com

CashApp/Venmo: $untilfreedom

Attend or support your local protests: https://docs.google.com/…/1CjZMORRVuv-I…/mobilebasic

Educate yourself and your friends/family regarding social and systemic racism: https://docs.google.com/…/1BRlF2…/mobilebasic

Start a book club and discuss books by African American authors as well as books about Race and Racism listed on this site.

 

ONLINE GROUPS

Facebook: Unlearning Racism

 

BOOKS/AUTHORS by White Anti-Racist Activists:

A Collar In My Pocket The Blue Eyes Brown Eyes Exercise – Jane Elliott (also look for video of her on Oprah and Red Table Talk)  https://youtu.be/1qFl9isxTiQ

A Class Divided – Jane Elliott   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mcCLm_LwpE

White Fragility Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Waking Up White by Debby Irving

Tim Wise – Starting with White Like Me

Uprooting Racism – How White People Can Work For Racial Justice by Paul Kivel

America’s Original Sin – Jim Wallis

Witnessing Whiteness The Need To Talk About Race & How To Do It – Shelly Tochlum

Blood Done Sign My Name – Timothy Tyson

 

 

My Mom was a huge supporter of independent bookstores and Black businesses. 

Please make it a point to order books and/or DVDs from Black owned bookstores in your area and or online. This is another way to be an ally.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ariannarebolini/black-bookstores-black-authors-books

https://aalbc.com/bookstores/list.php

Supporting Black Businesses is a HUGE way to be an ally: You can search #blackbusiness  #blackowned hashtags to find them in your area in addition to online searches

Websites:

https://www.buyfromablackwomandirectory.org/

https://officialblackwallstreet.com/directory/

BLACK LIVES MATTER MASKS – ETSY

https://www.etsy.com/search?q=black%20lives%20matter%20mask%20black%20owned&ref=auto-1

BLACK BUSINESSES ON ETSY

https://www.etsy.com/market/black_owned

 

 

And last but not least, I want to share my Mom’s story. Many readers over the years have contacted me personally to let me know how much the book meant to them.  Although I am biased as hell, I can assure you that my Mama was one phenomenal woman!

2015

A Southern White Woman Forever Changed By The Path She Chose…

 

 

 

A great story for anyone who needs inspiration, especially now. A book that all types of people can appreciate: caregivers, people who have been affected by dementia in their families, activists, human rights advocates, & writers sitting on their words…

The one item on her bucket list I could complete for her!

 

NEW EDITION COMING IN 2021!!