This list is by no means comprehensive, but these are all things that you can do right now that are tangible and impactful. We will update the resources and information shared on this page as we continue to listen and learn.
If buying, purchase books from local independent bookshops where possible. If you’re not in a position to purchase, check in with your local library and ask them to order books if they’re not available.
10 Important Books on Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Politics
Devil In The Grove
Arguably the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in an explosive and deadly case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The first in a seven-volume series, it is a coming-of-age story that illustrates how strength of character and a love of literature can help overcome racism and trauma.
I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson
Alfred Duckett and Jackie Robinson
The bestselling autobiography of American baseball and civil rights legend Jackie Robinson. I Never Had It Made endures as an inspiring story of a man whose heroism extended well beyond the playing field.
The Hate U Give
Starr Carter, an African-American teenager, faces pressure from various communities and tries to stand up for what is right after she witnesses the shooting of her best friend by the police.
The Color Purple
Set in the deep American South between the wars, The Color Purple is the classic tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. Gradually Celie discovers the power and joy of her own spirit, freeing her from her past and reuniting her with those she loves.
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston
Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person — no mean feat for a black woman in the ’30s. Janie’s quest for identity takes her through three marriages and into a journey back to her roots.
To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee centres on Atticus Finch’s attempts to prove the innocence of Tom Robinson, a black man who has been wrongly accused of raping a white woman in 1930s Alabama.
Why We Can’t Wait
Martin Luther King Jr
In this remarkable book, Dr. King recounts the story of Birmingham in vivid detail, tracing the history of the struggle for civil rights back to its beginnings three centuries ago
5 Indigenous Australian Films (and One TV Series) Everyone Should See
(via New York Times)
Indigenous Australian TEDx talks
A list of TEDx Talks available online by Indigenous Australian speakers.
Indigenous Documentaries collection [ABC]
A collection of insightful true stories about members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
First Australians [SBS] (TV series)
This landmark series chronicles the birth of contemporary Australia as never told before, from the perspective of its first people.
Movies created or inspired by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
NITV On-Demand [SBS]
National Indigenous Television (NITV) is a channel made by, for and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. NITV informs, educates and entertains its Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences about the issues that matter the most to Indigenous Australians.
You Can’t Ask That – S01E03 Indigenous [ABC] (TV episode)
Insightful, irreverent, moving and unpredictable, this episode sets the record straight about what it’s really like to be an Indigenous Australian. #YouCantAskThat
12 Years A Slave (Film)
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
In 1947, Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and faces considerable racism in the process.
American Son (Film)
An estranged couple reunite in a Florida police station to help find their missing teenage son.
Hidden Figures (Film)
The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.
The story of Thurgood Marshall, the crusading lawyer who would become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.
A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.
The Hate U Give (Film)
Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.
AWAYE! presents diverse and vibrant Aboriginal arts and culture from across Australia.
It’s Not a Race [ABC]
Race, racism, identity, culture, difference: let’s talk it out! Blackface — what the heck? Asians — gather round. White people — you have a race too. A podcast sharing stories, experiences and perspectives on race and identity from all Australians.
Speaking Out [ABC]
Politics, arts and culture from a range of Indigenous perspectives.
1619 [New York Times]
An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.
Code Switch [NPR]
A multi-racial, multi-generational team of journalists fascinated by the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting.
Come Through with Rebecca Carroll
Join host Rebecca Carroll for 15 essential conversations about race in a pivotal moment for America. She talks to great thinkers, writers, and artists about faith, representation, white fragility, and how it’s all playing out in 2020.
The United State of Anxiety
In the United States of Anxiety season 4, the creators of the DuPont Award-winning series Caught will connect the dots between the explosive debates of the late 19th century and what’s at the heart of the 21st century presidential election.
Pod Save the People
Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with fellow activists Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Sam Sinyangwe, and writer Dr. Clint Smith.
Australian Institute Of Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Studies
AIATSIS have created a range of online exhibitions which enhance and provide curated information on digitised collection items that relate to important events or cultural experiences for Indigenous Australians.
Reconciliation Australia promotes and facilitates respect, trust and positive relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Share Our Pride [reconciliation.org.au]
This website will give you a glimpse of how life looks from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective.
The AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia
The map is an attempt to represent all the language, tribal or nation groups of the Indigenous peoples of Australia.
“ART ARK will only ever promote and sell Aboriginal Art sourced through community not-for-profit organisations that work in the best interests of the artists. These organisations facilitate the production and sale of artworks and are scattered throughout some of the most remote parts of Australia.”
“Sharing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and accessible info on topics relevant to mob”
NSW/ACT | Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)
A national advocacy platform and touchpoint for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBQTI) peoples.
Change The Record
Change the Record is Australia’s only national Aboriginal led justice coalition of Aboriginal peak bodies and non-Indigenous allies. They work to end the incarceration of, and family violence against, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Firesticks Alliance Network
Support the Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation as we continue providing Indigenous leadership, advocacy and action to protect Country through cultural fire and land management practices.
Indigenous Literacy Foundation
$50 will put 5 books into the hands of Indigenous children in remote communities.
Pay The Rent
This website serves a Pay The Rent scheme being organised by First Nations and non-First Nations people working together, who together are called the Pay The Rent Grassroots Collective. This collective is based in what is now known as Victoria, and expects to largely disperse rent collected in this area.
Seed is already a powerful voice in the movement for climate justice. You can help to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are supported in leading the generation wide movement to solve the climate crisis.
Sisters Inside / Free Her
This campaign has been set up by Debbie Kilroy, CEO of Sisters Inside Inc. The funds raised will be used to release people from prison and pay warrants so they are not imprisoned.
Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance
A collective of young Aboriginal people committed to the cause of decolonization and the philosophy of Aboriginal nationalism – resistance and revival
The Yiriman Project is an intergenerational, “on-Country” cultural program, conceived and developed directly by Elders from four Kimberly language groups- Nyikina, Mangala, Karajarri and Walmajarri- and whose aim is to “build stories in young people”.
American Civil Liberties Union
Donations will fund ACLU’s critical work to protect voting rights, demand that vulnerable people in prisons, jails and immigration detention centers be released, and fight to ensure reproductive health care remains open and accessible to all who need it.
Black Visions Collective
Since 2017, Black Visions Collective, has been putting into practice the lessons learned from organizations before them in order to shape a political home for Black people across Minnesota.
Funds donated to Campaign Zero support the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide.
National Bail Fund Network
The National Bail Fund Network is made up of over sixty community bail and bond funds across the country.
Reclaim The Block
Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety.
The Bail Project
The Bail Project is a national nonprofit organization that pays bail for people in need, reuniting families and restoring the presumption of innocence.
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc
Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.
Justice for George Floyd
“We are trying to reach the attention of Mayor Jacob Frey and DA Mike Freeman to beg to have the officers involved in this disgusting situation fired and for charges to be filed immediately.”
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