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As an organization and a part of the Central Ohio community, Columbus Crew SC is committed to creating an educated and equitable society. In doing so, we want to provide educational resources and encourage open dialogue about our past, and to explore more thoroughly our relationships with our community and our roles as citizens.

As we put forth our efforts to educate, organize, and activate, we want to provide resources and educational information in the fight against systemic racism.

See below for educational and donation resources to help address this pervasive issue, whether by learning, taking action, or donating. This list is non-exhaustive, and we encourage everyone to use the linked resources as a means to continue learning about our respective roles in this fight, and ways to make our communities more welcoming places.

Educational Resources:

Literature, Podcasts, & Film:

For more information on the following article, podcast, film, & children's resources lists, view here.
The following book list came from t
he Center for Racial Justice in Education's resource pageACLU-Washington's Recommended Summer Reading List, and Major League Soccer's Anti-Racism Education Resource Center.
Additionally, check out Powell's reading list and the New York Times' reading list for more material.

What To Read:



What To Watch:

  • The Hate U Give, a film based on the YA novel offering an intimate portrait of race in America
  • Just Mercy, a film based on civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson’s work on death row in Alabama
  • The 1965 debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley
  • My hour on the history of Confederate statues in Nat Geo’s America Inside Out
  • Becoming, a Netflix documentary following Michelle Obama on her book tour
  • Let It Falla documentary looking at racial tensions in Los Angeles and the 1992 riots over LAPD officers’ brutal assault on Rodney King
  • When They See Us, a Netflix miniseries from Ava DuVernay about the Central Park Five
  • 13th, a Netflix documentary exposing racial inequality within the criminal justice system
  • I Am Not Your Negro, a documentary envisioning the book James Baldwin was never able to finish
  • Selma, a film that chronicles the marches of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Whose Streets?a documentary about the uprising in Ferguson
  • Fruitvale Station, a film with Michael B. Jordan about the killing of Oscar Grant
  • American Son, a film with Kerry Washington about an estranged interracial couple waiting for their missing son
  • The Central Park Five, a documentary from Ken Burns

Who To Follow:

What To Listen To:

  • This podcast episode with Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan, and Bryan Stevenson about Just Mercy
  • Still Processing, a New York Times culture podcast with Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morrison
  • Seeing White, a Scene on the Radio podcast
  • Code Switch, an NPR podcast tackling race from all angles
  • Jemele Hill is Unbothered, a podcast with award-winning journalist Jemele Hill
  • Hear To Slay, “the black feminist podcast of your dreams,” with Roxane Gay and Tressie McMillan Cottom
  • Pod Save The People, organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with analysis from fellow activists Brittany Packnett, Sam Sinyangwe, and writer Dr. Clint Smith III
  • The Appeal, a podcast on criminal justice reform hosted by Adam Johnson
  • Justice In America, a podcast by Josie Duffy Rice and Clint Smith on criminal justice reform
  • Brené Brown with Ibram X. Kendi, a podcast episode on antiracism

Resources For Kids & Teens

What To Watch:

Films, Series, & Documentaries

What To Read:

Donation Opportunities & Community Initiatives:

  • IMPACT Community ActionFounded in 1964 in the wake of President Lyndon Johnson's vision for a society that ushered in Civil Rights reform, IMPACT Community Action was formed to fight the war on poverty and is one of 48 Community Action Agencies in Ohio and more than 1,100 nationally.
  • Columbus Urban League- A community‐based, non‐profit, advocacy organization dedicated to empowering African Americans and disenfranchised groups through economic, educational and social progress.
  • Maroon Arts Group- The Maroon Arts Group (MAG) is a collective of creatives who have galvanized to develop and provide a platform for conscious art centered around the preservation and promotion of cultures of African descent. Learn more about their programs, events, and how to volunteer.
  • People's Justice Project- A nonprofit grassroots organization of working people and communities of color united across Columbus, Ohio.
  • Community Development For All People - A group dedicated to creating a more inclusive and sustainable community on the south side of Columbus.
  • Mozaic- A wellness program and community space for transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people of color ages 13-29.
  • Black Lives Matter- Help the fight to end State-sanctioned violence, liberate Black people, and end white supremacy forever.
  • ACLU of Ohio- Donate to help fund legal battles and urgent advocacy efforts as we fight to end police brutality, demand racial justice, and defend the right to protest.
  • Columbus Freedom Fund - Support those who fight for equality in Columbus.
  • Community Bail Funds- Fight not just your community, but for those experiencing injustice across the country.
  • Campaign Zero - A national movement to end police violence in America.
  • Unicorn Riot- An independent media organization dedicated to exposing root causes of dynamic social and environmental issues across the nation.
  • Lawyers' Committee For Civil Rights Under Law - Donate to help mobilize, advocate, and litigate against the inequities facing marginalized communities.
  • George Floyd Memorial Fund- Donations will assist with the burial and memorial costs, in addition to the estate of George Floyd and in support of his children.
  • For Our Future Ohio Action Fund - For Our Future Ohio is dedicated to ensuring economic prosperity, strong public schools, racial & social justice and environmental protection.
  • NAACP Legal Defense Fund - Donate to the NAACP LDF, as they fight racial injustice through litigation, advocacy, and public education.
  • YWCA of Columbus- Help local leaders initiate systematic social change that will create a city of peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all in Columbus.


Learn more about the historical legacy of Juneteenth through this resource center provided by the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture

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