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"What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore– And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?

Or crust and sugar over– like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?"

Harlem - Langston Hughes (1951)

It. Has. Exploded. A re-evaluation of the black experience in the United States is currently associated with a call to action, which requires an examination of the black experience and actions being taken in the workplace – where we all spend most of our waking hours. In an effort to provide a deeper dive into the subject of unconscious bias, racial divides, and personal experiences, we’ve provided the links below to supplemental reading materials.

Teaching Tolerance -

The 1619 Project (New York Times) -

Frederick Douglass: “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” (PBS) -

29 Movies, Shows, and Documentaries to Watch to Educate Yourself on Racial Injustice -

Historical Legacy of Juneteenth -

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice -

ACC Foundation IDEAL (Curated collection of programs and resources on race, equity, social justice, diversity, and inclusion:

  • An In-house Lawyer’s Role in Eliminating Unconscious Bias Inside the Corporate Law Department
  • Beyond Unconscious Bias: Shifting Behavior From Intention to Impact
  • Strategies for In-House Counsel to Improve Outside Counsel Diversity
  • Boosting Diversity: Is Your Outside Counsel Mansfield Certified?
  • Leading in a Pandemic: How Visionary Leaders Create Opportunities for Business, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Diversity, Inclusion and Employee Engagement Strategies Through the Covid-19 Pandemic and After

Podcast: Melvin Tennant: A Discussion on Race and Diversity in the Travel Industry -

Proctor & Gamble Resources for those who Choose to See More Clearly the Complex Problems we Face -

Washington University: Racial Equity -

Korn Ferry: Meeting Others Where They Are -

Bechtel: Our Struggle with Inequality

Jacobs: Equality -

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP: Commitment to Equal Justice – Black Lives Matter -

Statements from the American Bar Association and state bar associations -

JUST capital: Corporate Responses to the George Floyd Protests -

Charity Navigator: Highly Rated Nonprofits Fighting for Equality -

Associated General Contractors: Culture of Care -

MassBio: D&I Trends to Watch for in 2020 -

Books Recommended:

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • The Broken Heart of America by Walter Johnson

St. Louis Business Journal: 15 Books that have Zoomed Up the Bestseller List - 6c8aee8a52a0.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share


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