Living the Pledge Workshop Resources

Living the Pledge Workshop Resources

The following materials are referenced in the Living the Pledge workshop and participants are asked to review them prior to the module in which they are planned. You can expect to spend two to three hours preparing for the workshop.

Module 1: Foundations for Understanding


READ: Definitions from Tim Wise (PDF)

Module 2: Pledging to Recognize and Confront Bias

Implicit Bias

TAKE: Implicit Association Test (Online test)

Click “I wish to proceed” at the bottom on the page and then scroll down to the Race test. You can choose to take others if you want, but at least take that one. Print your results when you’re finished so you have them to bring to class.

After you take the test,

WATCH: Dateline episode: Implicit Association Test (Video 10:19)

Module 3: Speaking Up against Microaggressions

READ: Racial Microaggressions (PDF)

Note: this articles starts out as a heavy academic read but has some excellent examples as you move through the article.


Cover of Speak UP! handbook from Southern Poverty Law Center

READ: Speak Up Handbook (PDF)

READ: Speak-up Six Steps Tips (PDF)

Module 4: Structural and Institutional Racism

History of Race and Racism

READ and REFLECT: Living the Pledge Reader on Whiteness (PDF)

A History: The Construction of Race and RacismREAD: A History: The Construction of Race and Racism (PDF)

OPTIONAL: Dismantling Racism – A Resource Book for Social Change Groups (PDF) (includes A History: the Construction of Race and Racism)

OPTIONAL:  A Brief History of Jim Crow Laws – Various Links from University of Southern California

Module 5: The Movement for Black Lives

READ: A Herstory of the Black Lives Matter Movement

READ: Black Lives Matter Guiding Principles

READ: 11 Major Misconceptions About the Black Lives Matter Movement

Module 6: Personal Commitment to Ending Racism

READ: White Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

READ and REFLECT: On Making Meaningful Pledge Commitments

READ: What you can do to eliminate racism

READ: Living the Pledge Commitments and Next Steps

For Small Group Facilitators

READ:  Talking About Race Notebook (PDF)

For Leaders

Explicit and Implicit Bias (PowerPoint)