YWCA Evansville


YWCA Anti-Racism Reference Materials


Almost a Woman – Esmeralda Santiago – 1998
A memoir chronicling the authors emergence from the barrios of Brooklyn to the theaters of Manhattan.

“And don’t call me a racist!” – selected and arranged by Ella Mazel
A treasury of quotes on the past, present, and future of the color line in America.

Asian Americans – Joann Faung Jean Lee – 1992
Oral Histories of First to Fourth Generation Americans from China, the Philippines, Japan, India, the Pacific Islands, Vietnam, & Cambodia.

Black on White,  Ed. David R. Roediger – 1998
Black writers on what it means to be white.

Latina – Women’s Voices from the Borderslands – Ed. Lillian Castillo – 1995
Through short stories, excerpts from novels, essays, biographical and political writings women reveal their heritage, their lives, their joys and their sorrows.

Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – reprinted 1962
A classic autobiography of a runaway slave who became Abraham Lincoln’s Advisor and the Consul General to Haiti.

Polite Lies: On Being A Woman Caught Between Cultures – Kyoko Mori – 1997

Stolen Women – Reclaiming Our Sexuality, Taking Back Our Lives –
Dr. Gail Elizabeth Wyatt – 1997. The culmination of 22 years of clinical practice and in-depth interviews with hundreds of African American women.

The Pig Farmer’s Daughter and Other Tales of American Justice  - Mary Frances Berry – 2000. Episodes of Racism and Sexism in the Courts from 1865 to the Present.

Undivided Rights – Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice -
Ed. J. Silliman, MG Fried, L Ross, E. Gutierrez – 2004. A thorough and impassioned history of the too-often hidden activism of women of color.

White Reign, Deploying Whiteness in America – Ed. JL Kincheloe, SR Steinberg, NM Rodriguez and RE Chennault

YELL – Oh Girls! – Ed. Vickie Nam – 2001
Emerging voices explore culture, identity, and growing by Asian American. Asian American girls speak up and speak out for themselves, to each other and to the world.


America’s Civil Rights Movement
Teaching Tolerance 1992, A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Historic footage and the voices of movement participants.

Ending Racism Working for a Racism Free 21st Century
Crossroads Ministry, 1996. Presentation on Racism with dialogue and discussion by a six-member panel.

Four Little Girls 
HBO Documentary/Film Director Spike Lee 1998, The story of four young girls who paid the prices for a nation’s ignorance.

Jefferson’s Blood
PBS video Frontline, 1991. An investigation of the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings a woman who was his slave and their children.

Making Peace- Facing Racism
Films for the Humanities and Science, 2004. Five participants of different ethnic and racial backgrounds went through a three day unlearning racism workshop.

The National Hate Test
USA Network Special, 1998. In support of National Erase The Hate and Eliminate Racism Day.  Promoting an understanding and respect for individual differences.

The Way Home
World Trust, 1998. Heart to heart conversations focusing on issues of race as they intersect with gender, class and sexual orientation.

Unchained Memories-Readings from the Slave Narratives 
HBO Documentary 2003. Slaves narratives stored at the Library of Congress as narrated by Black Actors.


Click here to view YWCA Racial Justice Historic Firsts