September 27, 2022
Equity Coordinator

Maggi Ibrahim
Coach and Facilitator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 
Ibrahimm@hartfordschools.net
(802) 359-1099 Ext. 1099 

HSD Policy and Procedure
Resources

Equity and Inclusion Videos

“Defund the Police” as a Slogan and Policy
An extensive Twitter thread of videos of people explaining what “Defund the Police” really means and why it is so necessary, as well as documents providing context on discrimination against prisoners and how the neoliberal government is perpetually punishing the poor.

A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory
A video of Memory reading his children’s book called, “A Kids Book About Racism”.

Alex Birnel: Latino Vote
A trailer (NOTE: the full film is only available by purchase) for a film that provides an inside look at the high-stakes effort to turn out the Latino vote in the 2020 election, through discussions with Alex Birnel, advocacy manager of MOVE Texas.

Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story
A film– including comments from Jesse Jackson, Otis Moss Jr., John Lewis, and others– that explores the extraordinary life of Howard Thurman a teacher, poet, and in his heart a “mystic”, and proponent of the non-violent struggle for social change.

Black Murder is Normal
A TEDx Talk by pastor Michael T. Smith on how the normalization of black murder is ingrained in our society.

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity
A film that asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity.

Dolores— Trailer
A trailer (NOTE: the full film is only available by purchase) for a film that tells an intimate story of Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the first farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, and one of the most defiant and important (yet least-known) feminist activists of the 20th century.

East Baton Rouge School Board Meeting
A video of activist Gary Chambers addressing a white woman who was online-shopping during a Baton Rouge school board meeting regarding the renaming of Lee High School.

Facing History Now: A Community Conversation Series
Online conversations about what it means to face history now.

Goin’ Back to T-Town
A PBS flim that tells the story of Greenwood, a Black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a community which despite facing one of the worst racially-motivated massacres in United States history in 1921, rose from the ashes and boasted the highest concentration of Black-owned businesses in the US by 1936.

How to Talk to Kids About Race
A video by author Jemar Tisby, in which he explains that “talking to kids about race needs to happen early, often, and honestly.”

I Just Want to Live’: Boy Goes Viral With Moving Song About George Floyd’s Death
12-year-old Keedron Bryant has touched hearts with an emotional song released after the death of George Floyd in police custody.

Ibram X. Kendi: The Difference Between Being “Not Racist” and Antiracist
Author and historian Ibram Kendi defines the transformative concept of antiracism to help us more clearly recognize, take responsibility for and reject prejudices in our public policies, workplaces and personal beliefs.

Lorraine Hansberry
A video of a discussion by Lorraine Hansberry, playwright and activist most known for her play, “A Raisin in the Sun”, in “The Black Experience in Drama”.

Lorraine Hansberry Speaks! ‘The Black Revolution and the White Backlash’
Playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry speaking on June 15, 1964 at a town hall meeting in NYC on “The Black Revolution and the White Backlash”.

Mahogany L. Browne & Jason Reynolds on Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice
Authors Mahogany L. Browne and Jason Reynolds discussing their children’s book Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice, a collection of poems inspiring middle-graders to stay woke and speak out against injustice.

Native American Women in the Temperance and Suffrage Movements, 1880s – 1920s
Drawing from NY archival research, Thomas J. Lappas, professor of history at Nazareth College of Rochester, discusses the strong connection between Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) women and the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union in their fight for the dual goals of women’s suffrage and prohibition of alcohol in Indian country and across the nation.

Prideland– Trailer
A trailer (NOTE: the full film is only available by purchase) for a film that follows queer actor Dyllon Burnside on a journey to discover how LGBTQ Americans are finding ways to live authentically and with pride in the modern South.

Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project– Trailer
A trailer (NOTE: the full film is only available by purchase) for a film that tells the story of Marion Stokes, a fiercely intelligent activist who was dedicated to protecting the truth through recording her television 24 hours a day for over 30 years.

Shanna B. Tiayon: How to Live in an Unkind World
Shanna B. Tiayon, PhD, tackles the topic of unkindness, using a story as an illustration, and provides three alternatives to guardedness to help viewers navigate unkindness and still be able to choose vulnerability.

Students Learn a Powerful Lesson About Privilege
A video explaining a classroom demonstration that teaches students about privilege.

Systemic Racism Explained
A video that uses an example of two young boys, one Black and one white, to explain systemic racism in America.

Tell Them We Are Rising—Separate but Unequal— Clip
A clip (NOTE: the full film is only available by purchase) from the PBS Independent Lens film “Tell Them We Are Rising”, in which Thurgood Marshall takes a road trip, after graduating from Howard University Law School, in 1934 with dean Charles Hamilton Houston to the deep South where they document African American children’s impoverished school conditions.

The Forgotten History of Black Prohibitionism
An article that reframes the history of prohibition, explaining how the prohibition movement sprang from abolitionist roots.

The Forgotten Slavery of Our Ancestors
A twelve-minute film featured as a part of Teaching Tolerance’s “Teaching Hard History” series, The Forgotten Slavery of Our Ancestors offers an introduction to the history of Indigenous enslavement on land that is now the United States.

The Rainbow Coalition
An episode from PBS’ independent documentary series, telling the story of the 1969 political alliances self-titled the “Rainbow Coalition” between the Chicago Black Panther Party with other city movements, including the Young Lords and Young Patriots.

Trace the Roots: Voices Left Out of Environmental Conversations
A video made by the Environmental Justice Law Society that examines the way traditional environmental spaces exclude BIPOC voices.

Where Are You REALLY From?
An episode from PBS’ series celebrating Black culture, context, and history in which the two hosts, Hallease and Evelyn, explore of Black migration has created icons from James Baldwin to Nipsey Hussle.

NBC News NOW: How Black History is Taught Differently Around the U.S.
A five-minute segment from a NBC News broadcast that investigates the way Black history is taught in different states, what needs to change, and the strides many states are making to implement more progressive and honest curriculum standards.

The Buffalo Soliders in Vermont, 1909-1913
A talk from the Vermont Historical Society about the Tenth United States Cavalry Regiment, one of four regular army Black regiments collectively known as the Buffalo Soldiers, and the response they faced when arriving in various white populations around the northeast.