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Alison Wescott,  Chair

Julie Wade, Chair 


Our Commitment to Diversity


LWV is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy.

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It is a fundamental value of the organization and belongs alongside our hallmark of nonpartisanship.

At the LWVUS biennium convention 2020 in June, hundreds of League delegates from across the nation voted to enhance our organization's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion by moving it from a resolution to a policy.  This change was very significant.  Prior to this change the only policy that the national League enforced at a governance level was our nonpartisan policy.  Now, our commitment to DEI is on par with our commitment to nonpartisanship.  

"We, as an organization acknowledge our own difficult history with racism while we embrace our future, where DEI will become part of our DNA."

--Deborah Turner, from her address at the 2020 National Convention


Resources for Learning & Action

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White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin DeAngelo (2018) 

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (2019) 

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (2020) 

How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram Kendi (2019)

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin Banaji

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

Everyday Bias by Howard Ross

The Hate U Give by  Angie Thomas

The Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions by Daniel Arielly

Waking Up White by Debby Irving

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

From Somalia to Snow, How Central Minnesota Became Home to Somalis by Hudda Ibrahim

Stamped From the Beginning, The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

We Are Not Here to be Bystanders by Linda Sarsour

Hmong in Minnesota by Chia Youyee Vang

The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys: A Novel by Colson Whitehead

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez 

Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

Black Girl Dangerous, on Race, Queerness, Class, and Gender by Mia McKenzie

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota by Sun Yung Shin 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot 


Loaded, A Disarming History of the Second Amendment by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Trans Like Me, Conversations for All of Us by CN Lester

The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide by Meizhu Lui, Barbara Robles, Betsy Leondar-Wright, Rose Brewer and Rebecca Anderson. New Press, 2006.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. NY: Penguin Random House. 2014.

Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life by Barbara Fields & Karen Fields, London:Verso, 2012

Racism Without Racists by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War Until World War II by Douglas Blackmon. Anchor, 2009. (Also, the documentary of same name).

When the Rules are Fair, But the Game Isn’t by MuktaJost, Edward Whitfield ,& Mark Jost. Multicultural Education, Fall 2005. (The Monopoly Game activity).

A Racial Equity Bibliography in alphabetical order by title:

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn, NY: HarperCollins, 1980. 

An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz, Boston:

Beacon, 2018.

An American Health Dilemma: A Medical History of African Americans and the Problem of Race by Michael Byrd and Linda Clayton. NY: Routledge. 2000.

Anti-Racism in US History: The First 200 Years by Herbert Aptheker. CA: Greenwood Press, 1992.

Are We Born Racist? By Jason Marsh, Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Jeremy Adam Smith, Eds., Boston: Beacon Press. 2010.

Asian Americans: An Interpretive History by Sucheng Chan, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1991.

Becoming an Anti-Racist Church: Journeying Toward Wholeness. Joseph Barndt, Fortress Press, 2011.

Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America, 1619-1962. LeRone Bennett, Penguin Press, 1962.

Being Black, Living in the Red: Race, Wealth and Social Policy in America. Dalton Conley, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1999.

Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Anti-Racist Multicultural Education and Staff Development. Enid Lee, Deborah Menkart, Margo Okazawa, eds., Washington DC: Network of Educators on the Americas, 1998.

Black and Blue: The Origins and Consequences of Medical Racism. J. Hoberman, University of California Press, 2012.

Black and White Styles in Conflict, Thomas Kochma, University of Chicago Press, 1981.

Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage. William Loren Katz, NY: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1997. 

Black Wealth/White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality. Oliver,

Melvin L. & Thomas M. Shapiro, Routledge, 1997.

Bridging the Class Divide. Linda Stout, Beacon Press, 1996.

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West. Dee

Brown, Bantam Books, 1970.

Coming Through the Fire: Surviving Race and Place in America. C. Eric Lincoln, Durham: Duke University Press, 1996.

Conceptual Foundations for Social Justice Course. Rita Hardiman and Bailey W. Jackson. In Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice, Eds. Maurianne Adams, Lee Anne Bell and Pat Griffin: Routledge, 1997.

Critical Race Theory: An Introduction. Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic, NYU Press, 2001.

Dismantling Racism: The Continuing Challenge to White America. Joseph Barndt, Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1991.

Disrupting White Supremacy from Within: White People on What We Need to Do.

Jennifer Harvey and Karin Case (Eds.), Pilgrim Press, 2004.

Divided No More: A Movement Approach to Educational Reform. Parker Palmer. 1999. Accessed June 1, 2012

Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland. Jonathan Metzl, Basic Books, 2019.

Eugenics and Education in America: Institutional Racism and the Implications of History, Ideology and Memory. Ann Gibson Winfield, Peter Lang (Complicated Conversations Series), 2007.

Europe and the People Without History. Eric R. Wolf, California, 1982. 

Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our

Everyday Lives. Howard J. Ross, NY: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014.

Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism. Derek Bell, NY: Basic

Books, 1992.

For Whites Only, Robert W. Terry, Eerdmans, 1970.

Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete.

William C. Rhoden, NY: Three Rivers Press, 2006.

From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaii. Haunani-Kay Trask, Common Courage Press (1-800-497-3207), 1993.

From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans. John Hope Franklin, Vintage Press, 1961.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t. Jim Collins, NY: Harper, 2011. (Admiral Stockdale example)

How Black Land Became White Sand: The Racial Erosion of the U.S. Coasts. Brentin Mock. could-make-that-right/

How the Irish Became White. Noel Ignatiev, New York: Routledge, 1995.

How Jews Became White Folks and What That Says About Race in America. Karen

Brodkin, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1998.

How Race Survived U.S. History—From Settlement and Slavery to the Obama Phenomenon. David Roediger. London, NY: Verso. 2008

Implicit Bias: Scientific Foundations. A.G. Greenwald & L. H. Krieger, California Law Review, 94 (4), 945-96, 2006.

In the Matter of Color: Race and the American Legal Process: the Colonial Period.

A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., New York: Oxford University Press, 1978.

Inequality by Design: Cracking the Bell Curve Myth. C.S.Fischer, M.Hout, M.S. Jankowski, S.R. Lucas, A. Swidler, K. Voss, eds. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996.

Invention of the White Race I & II, Theodore Allen, Verso Books, 1994, 1997.

Iron Cages: Race and Culture in 19th Century America, Ronald Takaki, Oxford Press,


Killers of the Dream. Lillian Smith, NY: W.W. Norton.1949.

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. David

Grann, Vintage. 2017.

Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction and the Meaning of Liberty. Dorothy Roberts, Pantheon, 1997.

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. James Loewen. New York: Touchstone, 1995.

Making Waves: An Anthology of Writing by and About Asian American Women.

Asian Women United of California, Eds. Boston: Beacon Press, 1989.

Managing Multi-Generational Anger in African-American Males. Virgil Gooding,

Man’s Most Dangerous Myth, The Fallacy of Race. Ashley Montagu, 1942, Alta Mira Press, 1997.

Memoir of a Race Traitor. Mab Segrest, Boston: South End Press, 1994.

NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children. Po Bronson & Ashley Merriman,

Twelve, 2011.

Occupied America: The Chicano’s Struggle Toward Liberation. Rodolfo Acuna, San Francisco: Canfield Press, 1972.

Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Paulo Friere, Herder & Herder, 1970.

Poverty and Place: Ghettos, Barrios, and the American City. Paul A. Jargowsky. NY: Sage, 1998.

Privilege, Power, and Difference. Allan G. Johnson, Mayfield Publishing, 2001. 

Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life. Barbara Fields & Karen Fields,

London:Verso, 2012

Race Matters in Child Welfare: The Overrepresentation of African-American Children in the System. Dennette Derezotes, John Poertner, Mark Testa, (Eds), The Race Matters Consortium, Washington, D.C.: Child Welfare League of America, 2005.

Race Rules: Navigating the Color Line. Michael Eric Dyson, NY: Random House, 1997. 

Race: The History of an Idea in America. Thomas Gossett, Pendulum Press 1987.

Race: The Power of An Illusion. Produced by California Newsreel, in association with the Independent Television Service (ITVS), 2003.

Racially Mixed People in America, Marla Root, Sage Publishers, 1992.

Racism in the English Language, Robert B Moore, Race, Class, and Gender: An Integrated Study, 4th Edition. Paula S. Rothenberg, editor. New York: Saint Martin's Press, 1998

Racist America: Roots, Current Realities, and Future Reparations. Joe R. Feagin, NY: Routledge, 2000.

Raising Black Boys. Jawanza Kunjufu, African American Images, 2007.

Reluctant Reformers: Racism and Social Reform Movements in the United States.

Robert L. Allen, NY: Anchor Books, 1975.

Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It. Mindy Fullilove, One World/Ballantine, 2005.

Savage Inequalities: Children in American Schools, Jonathan Kozol, HarperCollins, 1991.

Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery. bell hooks, Boston: South End Press, 1993.

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War Until World War II. Douglas Blackmon, Anchor, 2009.

Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans. Ronald Takaki. Penguin Books, 1989.

The Abolition of White Democracy. Joel Olson, University of Minnesota Press, 2004. 

The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in

Racism. Jemar Tisby, Zondervan, 2019.

The Color of Discipline: Sources of Racial and Gender Disproportionality in School Punishment. R. Skiba, R. Michael & A. Nardo, 2000. Retrieved from

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. Richard Rothstein, Liveright Publishing, 2018.

The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide. Meizhu Lui, Barbara Robles, Betsy Leondar-Wright, Rose Brewer and Rebecca Anderson, New Press, 2006.

The Conquest of Paradise: Christopher Columbus and the Columbian Legacy.

Kirkpatrick Sale, New York: Plume, 1991.

The Crisis of Color and Democracy: Essays on Race, Class and Power. Marable, Manning, Common Courage Press, 1992.

The Cross and the Lynching Tree. James H. Cone, 2011.

The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks. Randall Robinson, Plume, 2000.

The Derrick Bell Reader. Edited by Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic, NYU Press, 2005.

The Double V: How Wars, Protest and Harry Truman Desegregated America’s Military. Rawn James, Jr. NY: Bloomsbury, 2013.

The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching About Race and Racism to People who Don’t Want to Know. Tema Okun, Information Age Publishing, 2010.

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. Edward E. Baptist, NY: Basic Books, 2014.

The Hidden Cost of Being African American. Thomas Shapiro, NY: Oxford Press, 2004.

The Land Was Ours: African-American Beaches from Jim Crow to the Sunbelt South. Andrew Kahrl, Harvard University Press, 2012.

The Mark of a Criminal Record. Devah Pager, American Journal of Sociology, 108, 935- 937.

The Mis-Education of the Negro. Carter Woodson (1933). Republished 2009 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing.

The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Benefit from Identity Politics, George Lipsitz, Temple University Press, 1998.

The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. DuBois, Penguin Books, 1903,1989.

The State of Asian America: Activism and Resistance in the 1990s. Karin Aguilar

San Juan, Boston: South End Press, 1994.

The State of Native American Genocide, Colonization & Resistance, M. Annette Jaimes, South End Press, 1992.

The Wall Between. Anne Braden. University of Tennessee Press. 1958.

The War on Marijuana in Black and White. (June 3, 2013). American Civil Liberties Union. report

The Ways of White Folks. Langston Hughes, Vintage Books, 1990.

The White Man’s Burden: Historical Origins of Racism in America. Winthrop D.

Jordan, Oxford 1974.

Thinking, Fast and Slow. Daniel Kahneman. Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. 2013.

Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal. Andrew Hacker, Ballantine, 1992.

Unequal Protection: Environmental Justice and Communities of Color. Robert Bullard, ed., Random House, 1996.

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice. Paul Kivel. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers, 1995.

What Blood Won’t Tell: A History of Race on Trial in America. Cambridge, MA: Gross. 2008.

When Affirmative Action Was White. Ira Katznelson. NY: WW Norton, 2005. 

When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race And Sex in

America. Paula Giddings, William Morrow and Co., 1984.

Whistling Vivaldi. How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do. Claude Steele,

NY: Norton, 2010.

White Awareness: Handbook for Anti-racism Training. Judith Katz, University of Oklahoma Press, 1978. [out-of-print]

White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race, Ian Haney Lopez, NYU Press, 1999.

White Lies: Race and the Myths of Whiteness. Maurice Berger, NY: Farrar, Straus and

Giroux, 1999.

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of the Racial Divide. Carol Anderson, NY: Bloomsbury, 2016.

Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society. Michael K. Brown et al. University of California Press, 2003.

Whitewashing the South: White Memories of Segregation and Civil Rights. Kristen Lavelle. Rowman and Littlefield. 2014.

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity. Beverly Daniel Tatum. New York: Harper Collins, 1997.

Winners Take All. Anand Giridharadas

Women, Race and Class. Angela Davis, Random House, 1981.

Working Toward Whiteness: How America’s Immigrants Became White. NY: Basic Books, 2005.

You Call This A Democracy: Who Benefits, Who Pays and Who Really Decides? Paul Kivel, Apex Press, 2004.

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Workshops & Training
Workshops & Training

Workshop / Program Materials and Resources

A Long Talk About the Uncomfortable Truth

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13th. Ava DuVernay, 2016.

Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America (2012).

I Am Not Your Negro. Raoul Peck, director. James Baldwin, writer. 2016.

Race: The Power of An Illusion. Produced by California Newsreel, 2003. (Excellent place to get started).

Slavery by Another Name: A PBS Film A 90-minute documentary narrated by Laurence Fishburne based on Blackmon’s book. PBS. TPT National Productions. 2012

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross – PBS (TV series, 6 episodes, 60 minutes each)

Mr. Civil Rights – Thurgood Marshall & The NAACP – PBS (60 minutes)

I Am Not Your Negro (DVD, 94 minutes)

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity – World Trust (DVD, 75 minutes)

State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review 2013. Cheryl Staats, Charles Patton, Kirwan Institute.

The Lessons of Hayti Documentary directed by Byron C. Hunter & Edward J. Harris II. Urban Aggregate, 2014

Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? (7-part documentary series on impact of race and poverty on health.) California Newsreel, 2008.


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