Diversity and Inclusion





Robert Taylor: A true trailblazer by Tony Farrell

Going it Alone by Rahawa Haile

‘Bad things happen in the woods:’ hiking while black by Candice Pires

How the National Park Service grappled with segregation during the 20th century by Kurt Repanshek 

Black Women and Wilderness by Evelyn White

Racial Complexities of Outdoor Spaces: An Analysis of African American ’s Lived Experiences in Outdoor Recreation by Matthew Charles Goodrid

First American all-black expedition team climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro by Ayanna Gill

The unbearable whiteness of hiking and how to solve it by Lornett Vestal

Outdoor Recreation Isn’t Free – Why We Need To Stop Pretending It Is by Emily Zak

Outdoor Recreation Isn’t Just For Privileged White Folks Anymore by Liz Brazile

Stereotype or Fact? Black People Don’t Camp




The Adventure Gap, Changing the Face of the Outdoors by James Edward Mills




The National Parks: America’s Best Idea by Ken Burns


Outdoor Afro

Outdoor Afro is a national non-profit organization with leadership networks around the country that work to celebrate and inspire Black connections and leadership in nature. With nearly 80 leaders in 30 states from around the country, Outdoor Afro connects thousands of people to outdoor experiences and is changing the face of conservation. 



Books – History

Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi 

A history of hidden racial bias in American progressive intellectual thought.

Books – Non-Fiction

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

A collection of essays that reflect on race, the presidency of Barack Obama, and the election of Donald Trump.

The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale

In the wake of high-profile cases of police brutality, the same ideas for reform are trotted out — implicit bias training, body cameras, police-community dialogues. But Vitale argues that this fails to get to the root of the problem — policing itself. This book explores alternatives to policing that address homelessness, domestic disputes and substance abuse.The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander This exploration of mass incarceration is a NYT bestseller. It was first published two years after President Obama’s inauguration, and became the basis of the Black Lives Matter movement. Michelle Alexander is a lawyer and legal scholar. This book won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Nonfiction.

A Terrible Thing To Waste: Environmental Racism And Its Assault On The American Mind by Harriet A. Washington

Americans of color are disproportionately harmed by environmental hazards. This is detrimental not only to physical health but, according to the author, also is causing cognitive decline in communities of color. A stirring exploration of the intersection of racism and environmental injustice. 


Books for White Allies


White Fragility: Why its So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

A white diversity trainer and educator explains the phenomenon of white sensitivity and defensiveness about racism and equips her audience to recognize their own participation – even if unconscious – in American racism. She goes on to offer suggestions for how white people can become affirmative disrupters of racism and live up to their desire to be effective allies to Black people and other people of color.

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad

This book leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on black, indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

Waking up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

A memoir by a white woman about her struggle to understand racism and racial tensions in this country, and to situate herself in that history and acknowledge her responsibilities to combat racism going forward. This book contains exercises for white readers to explore their own racialized ideas.

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeomo Oluo

This book shows people of all races how to have constructive and useful conversations about race in America. It answers questions about confronting friends and family members while providing a comprehensive education on this country’s racist heritage.

Books – Memoir/Biography

How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi 

In this memoir, Kendi weaves together a combination of ethics, history, law, and science--including the story of his own awakening to antiracism--bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form. He begins by helping readers to rethink their most deeply held, if implicit, beliefs and their most intimate personal relationships (including beliefs about race and IQ and interracial social relations) and reexamines the policies and larger social arrangements we support. 

Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi Coates

This National Book Award winner is a meditation on race and racism in American society, written in the form of a letter between the author and his son. It also was listed as one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times and Chicago Tribune.

‘Cuz by Danielle Allen 

A personal memoir by a professor of sociology and politics at Harvard University about her younger cousin and the impact of incarceration on his life for one minor criminal infraction. Ultimately this book offers a powerful critique of the American prison system and mass incarceration. 
Real American by Julie Lythcott-Haims

A prose poetry memoir about growing up biracial and Black in white spaces during the 1970s and 1980s. 

Julie was the inaugural Dean of Freshman at Stanford University and now is an author and speaker. She is also a regular contributor to CBS This Morning on the topic of parenting.

Books – Young Adult

Racism, Anti-Racism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi 

A book about how to be an anti-racist for young adults.

This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewel 

This book takes young adults on a journey to gain a deeper understanding of anti-racism. Its 20 chapters spark introspection, reveal the origins of racism, and give readers tools and inspiration to undo it. Each chapter builds on the previous one.


Books for Younger Children

These Books Can Help You Explain Racism and Protest to Your Kids by Jessica Grose


Floodlines from The Atlantic

An audio documentary about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Floodlines is told from the perspective of four New Orleanians still living with the consequences of governmental neglect. As COVID-19 disproportionately infects and kills Americans of color, the story feels especially relevant. "As a person of color, you always have it in the back of your mind that the government really doesn't care about you," said self-described Katrina overcomer Alice Craft-Kerney.

1619 from The New York Times

"In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began." Hosted by recent Pulitzer Prize winner Nikole Hannah-Jones, the 1619 audio series chronicles how black people have been central to building American democracy, music, wealth and more.

Intersectionality Matters! from The African American Policy Forum

Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, a leading critical race theorist who coined the term "intersectionality," this podcast brings the academic term to life. Each episode brings together lively political organizers, journalists and writers. This recent episode on COVID-19 in prisons and other areas of confinement is a must-listen.

Throughline from NPR

Every week at Throughline, our pals Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei "go back in time to understand the present." To understand the history of systemic racism in America, we recommend "American Police," "Mass Incarceration" and "Milliken v. Bradley."



This is a period film about the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches led by Martin Luther King, Jr. 


This is a documentary that traces mass incarceration of black men back to ratification of the 13th amendment in 1865.

I am Not Your Negro

This is a documentary about James Baldwin and his writings. 

Whose Streets

Whose Streets is a documentary about Black Lives Matter protests in Ferguson, Missouri. 

LA 92

LA 92 is about the Los Angeles riots that occurred in response to the police beating of Rodney King. The film is entirely comprised of archival footage — no talking heads needed. It's chilling to watch the unrest of nearly 30 years ago, as young people still take to the streets and shout, "No justice, no peace."

Teach Us All

Over 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, American schools are still segregated. Teach Us All explains why that is — school choice, residential segregation, biased admissions processes — and talks to advocates working for change. Interspersing interviews from two Little Rock Nine members, the documentary asks how far we've really come.

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

In this two-part series, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. chronicles the last 50 years of black history through a personal lens. Released days after the 2016 election, some themes of the documentary took on a deeper meaning amid Donald Trump's win.