Racial Justice Resources

Addressing Racial Justice Locally

Videos and Past Events

The Experiences of Acton Chinese Residents (15 min)– Acton Chinese Civic Society & Acton Historical Society

Racial Justice and Reckoning: A Proactive Conversation with the Acton-Boxborough Police Chiefs. Organized by Racial Justice for Black Lives in collaboration with Na'aseh

Confronting the History of Housing Discrimination - 2 Part Workshop Sponsored by Na’aseh

Acton-Boxborough United Way Panel Discussion on Why Racial Justice is Important to our Organization and Community ["Wide Field" Acton TV 11-6-20] - 1 hour

Acton TV CQC Special Edition: Black Lives Matter. 2nd interview (4:15-33:53) is with the same group of youth and Vivian Birchall as above but sharing different experiences.

Public Forum on BLM, Racial Justice, and Diversity- Co-organized by Acton Chinese American Civic Society (ACACS)and Acton Town Hall - Jul 15 and 29, 2020. Session One and Session Two. Both presentations here

AB Regional School District Community Conversation - Jan 30, 2020 - a community conversation in the high school auditorium in response to an incident at Merriam School, resulting in an arrest of a Black parent.

Talking with Your Kids

Acton's Discovery Museum Speaker Series Talking to Kids about Race and Racism: A Conversation with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, moderated by WBUR's Tiziana Dearing. Recorded Jan. 27, 2021. (1 hour, 24 minutes)

AB School webinar recording: Talking with Your Children About Race (Preschool-Grade 5) Video

AB School webinar recording: Talking with Your Tweens and Teens About Race (Grades 6-12)


Acton DEI Commission Survey Results and Final Report

Foundation for MetroWest's Racial Equity Indicators - Examines a wide range of indicators that highlight racial and ethnic disparities in Boston's MetroWest, breaking many out into town-by town data including Acton and Boxborough.

Acton's Early Black Residents [Acton Historical Society]

Local Committees/Groups/Organizations

Acton's Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Commission

Boxborough's Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee

Racial Justice for Black Lives - Acton-based Facebook group, 2000+ community members strong

Fostering Racial Justice Group - Boxborough-based group formed in 2015, hosts an active book club

AB Students for Equity and Justice

AB Schools' Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

AB Regional High School ECARES (Educators Committed to Anti-Racism, Equity, and Social Justice)

Coalition for Anti-Racism, Equity & Justice in Eduction (regional)


Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

by Jennifer De Leon

A novel about a METCO student, set in a fictional suburb west of Boston.

Surviving the White Gaze

by Rebecca Carroll

A memoir about growing up Black in New Hampshire.

How to Be an Antiracist

by Ibram X. Kendi

Read by A-B United Way board and staff, as well as staff at AB Schools.

The Sum of Us

by Heather McGhee

A-B United Way board and staff are currently reading this book.

Waking Up White

by Debby Irving

Website also includes 21-Day Challenges for Habit Building on a number of topics including Racial Equity & Activism Self-Care


Additional Resources

  • First Connections - Talking to children about race

  • Racial Justice and the American Dream (31 min)

    • It's time for #RealTalk and #RealChange. What does the American Dream mean, and how can we positively reset it? OZY and #Chevrolet are teaming up for an innovative discussion, taking on the toughest questions in our society today. Hosted by OZY co-founder and multi-Emmy-award winning journalist Carlos Watson and joined by key leaders from across the country, we’re having pointed conversations to identify problems and arm you with solutions in this special episode of the Carlos Watson Show. Put aside the shouting matches and talking heads, and be an ally

  • Comedian Aamer Rahman - Reverse-racism (3 min)

    • What is reverse-racism and what would it look like

  • Ta-Nehisi Coates discussion on use of words and the importance of context. (5 min)

    • Why white people can’t use the N word or sing all words from some hip hop songs

  • Danger of a Single Story (18 min)

    • If we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding

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