Black Well-Being

Though many minority groups face discrimination and bigotry, certain patterns of intergenerational trauma, othering, and colorism are unique to the Black community within the US, which undergoes the constant stress of racial discrimination, police violence, health-care biases, and generations of economic injustice—among many other systemic stressors. Social pressure and cultural messaging can have a great impact on our feelings of self-worth and can make us struggle with self-acceptance. Everyone has the right to live a vibrant life in their full identity, and the struggle for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being can find support from those who understand and validate the complexities, nuance, pain, and joy of the community’s lived experiences. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.


How to resolve racially stressful situations - Howard C. Stevenson

If we hope to heal the racial tensions that threaten to tear the fabric of society apart, we're going to need the skills to openly express ourselves in racially stressful situations. Through racial literacy - the ability to read, recast and resolve these situations - psychologist Howard C.


Nayyirah Waheed.salt. is a journey through warmth and sharpness. this collection of poetry explores the realities of multiple identities, language, diasporic life & pain, the self, community, healing, celebration, and love.

My Body, My Life

How mindfulness has helped Buddhist teacher Lama Rod Owens live as a Black queer man in America.

No black woman writer in this culture can write ‘too much.’ Indeed, no woman writer can write ‘too much.’. . . No woman has ever written enough.

Between the World and Me

The special will include powerful readings from Ta-Nehisi Coates' book, it will also incorporate documentary footage from the actors' home life, archival footage, and animation.


James H. Cone

James H. Cone, the Bill and Judith Moyers Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary, came to YDS as the culmination of this semester’s All School Read program.

Race Matters

With a new introduction, the groundbreaking classic Race Matters affirms its position as the bestselling, most influential, and most original articulation of the urgent issues in America's ongoing racial debate. Cornel West is at the forefront of thinking about race.

To yell ‘black-on-black crime’ is to shoot a man and then shame him for bleeding.

Black Womxn: You Are Not Defective

Many Black womxn experience themselves as fraudulent or substandard. It's a lie.


Dear Black Women, Let’s Talk About Healing - Angela Bowden - TEDxMSVUWomen

Beginning with a powerful poem, Angela talks about the power of acknowledging and healing from the “strength and resilience trauma” that black women normalize and carry, Realizing the black woman's burden and healing our caregivers and youth. Angela Bowden is a writer, speaker and activist.