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  • Cornell Brooks on Rep. John Lewis and George Floyd [Cornell William Brooks] CTV
  • 'Police reform failed for hundreds of years' [Khalil Gibran Muhammad] CNN
  • Boston police are not Minneapolis police [Christopher Winship] Boston Globe
  • Black Lives Matter beyond America’s big cities [Erica Chenoweth] Washington Post
  • Why police reform doesn't work in the U.S. [Khalil Gibran Muhammad] Buzzfeed
  • Why words aren’t enough from companies claiming to support Black Lives Matter [Khalil Gibran Muhammad] Boston Globe
  • Lockdown-focused Facebook groups pivot to attacks on Black Lives Matter [Joan Donovan] CNBC
  • Trump’s push to amplify racism unnerves Republicans who have long enabled him [Leah Wright Rigueur] Washington Post
  • Kennedy School study links police violence to diminished educational outcomes and student trauma [Desmond Ang] Harvard Crimson


A reading list on issues of race

In its reading list on books about race and racism, the Harvard Gazette describes as "indispensable" this book by Kennedy School Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad: “The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America.”

Institutional Anti-racism and Accountability Project (IARA) 

The Institutional Anti-racism and Accountability Project is an initiative at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center that uses research and policy to promote anti-racism as a core value and institutional norm.

Racial justice, racial equity, and anti-racism reading list 

The HKS Library has created a reading list that is inspired and largely informed by the Institutional Anti-Racism and Accountability Project at the Shorenstein Center in partnership with the HKS Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging.

Black America and COVID-19

This collection documents the experience of COVID-19 on Black communities in America. Its intention is to create a collective conversation of material for teaching and learning about the contemporary effects of COVID-19 on the Black community as it is tied to the historical legacy of race in America.

Recent faculty research on social justice issues 

Explore Harvard Kennedy School publications on aspects of justice, race, civil advocacy, equality, and related issues. This list captures recent books, working papers, journal articles, and other relevant research.

The William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice 

The William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership advances the social justice and civil rights legacy of William Monroe Trotter through research on social justice, community engagement, and engagement with government and other organizations.

The Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management 

The Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management is part of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. Since 1980 it has conducted research to promote sound policy and effective management in the administration of safety and justice.

Harvard Journal of African American Policy 

The Harvard Journal of African American Policy is the second-oldest, student-run review published annually by the Harvard Kennedy School. Its mission is to educate and empower in order to improve the quality of public policies affecting the African American community specifically and the African diaspora at large.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Library

The Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Library is a collection of books, films, and other resources selected by the Harvard Kennedy School Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging and Library & Knowledge Services.

Managing and Facilitating Discussions about Race

The HKS Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging has produced a tip sheet for having respectful, open, and productive conversations about race.

HKS Courses Related to Race

A list of HKS courses that will be offered for the 2020-21 academic year in which race is an important element.

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