Talking About Race: Resources from the National Museum of African American History and Culture

More than 100 online multi-media tools and resources to foster constructive dialogue about racism and its corrosive impact.


Anneliese A. Singh: “You need the intentional mindset of Yep, this racism thing is everyone’s problem-including mine, and I’m going to do something about it.
“Since opening the museum, the number one question we are asked is how to talk about race, especially with children. We recognize how difficult it is to start that conversation. But in a nation still struggling with the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow laws, and white supremacy, we must have these tough conversations if we have any hope of turning the page and healing. This new portal is a step in that direction.” --Spencer Crew, National Museum of African American History and Culture
Phase one of the portal features eight foundational subjects including:
  •  Being Anti-Racist: a conscious decision to make frequent, consistent, equitable choices daily. 

  • Bias: the inclination or prejudice toward or against something or someone. 

  • Community Building: connecting and engaging with others doing anti-racism work and exploring issues of race. 

  • Historical Foundations of Race: how race, white privilege, and anti-blackness are woven into the very fabric of American society. 

  • Race and Racial Identity: how societies use race to establish and justify systems of power, privilege, disenfranchisement, and oppression. 

  • Self-Care: caring for one’s mental, emotional, and physical health to sustain the work of dismantling racism. 

  • Social Identities and Systems of Oppression: systems built around the ideology that some groups are superior to others. 

  • Whiteness: an ideology that reinforces power at the expense of others.