Employee-Recommended Books, Movies, Documentaries and Podcasts to Honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Among the many ways in which we can honor the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., and so many others who have fought to eradicate racism and create a more equal and just world, is through continued learning, listening, and challenging our preconceived notions about race and culture. The following resource list was developed by employee-members of the PulteGroup Diversity Board. Perhaps one of these suggestions might inspire you! We’ve included hyper-links to help you access these suggestions. Do you have others to add? We encourage you to expand this library by sharing your suggestions.  Please scroll down to the bottom of this page and offer your ideas in the COMMENTS section.


Books:

The Color of Law By Richard Rothstein
Caste: The Origins of our Discontents By: Isabel Wilkerson
Me and White Supremacy By: Layla F. Saad
White Fragility By: Robin DiAngelo
Categorically Unequal By: Douglas Massey
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man By: Emmanuel Acho
How to be Less Stupid About Race By: Crystal Marie Fleming


Movies/Documentaries:

Selma Stars: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Oprah Winfrey
Just Mercy Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson
Hidden Figures Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe
Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise PBS Documentary
13th Netflix Documentary


Ted Talks/Podcasts/Social:

The Lie that Invented Racism TED Talk
Happy Birthday, by Stevie Wonder Medium
Code Switch NPR
Want a Just World? Be an Unlikely Ally TED Talk

Do you have more to add to the list? Leave your comment below.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing these, I look forward to reading and watching them with my family.

  2. As a baseball fan, one of my favorite movies is 42. If you haven’t seen it, please check it out. It highlights the struggles & victories of Jackie Robinson (one of the greatest players in baseball history). Thank you.

  3. So You Want To Talk About Race By Ijeoma Oluo

    1. I really liked this book as well, Jennifer. It was recommended by a fellow employee in the N. California Division.

  4. I recommend “John Lewis: Good Trouble”, a documentary account of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis’ life and more than 60 years of extraordinary activism — from a teenager on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement to a legislative powerhouse in Congress. And a second for “42”, the story of the manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who defied major league baseball’s notorious color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson, and Robinson’s heroic struggles against racism to rise to one of the game’s all-time best players.

  5. MLK Jr was a great leader. He stood for what he believed was right and did it in a positive manner. Thanks for sharing this educating info about Culture and diversity.

  6. This is one of the most important lists I’ve seen in some time. There is a great deal of knowledge, wisdom and perspective in each of these recommendations, and I personally am only familiar with a handful. So much more to learn! Thank you to the Diversity Board for compiling and sharing!

  7. Thank you for sharing these recommendations, or really resources to learn more about our country’s citizen’s struggles with racism from so many different perspectives. This is such an important social, and human rights issue, and I’m so proud that our company has taken a leading role in creating more awareness, and likely busting some myths along the way. We really don’t understand it enough if we aren’t faced with the struggle every day.

  8. Thank you to the Diversity Board for compiling these resources! So many great ones on the list! In addition to these resources, here are some others that I have enjoyed and found helpful in learning more about racism and how to by an ally.
    Podcasts:
    1619 – (examines the long history of American slavery)
    Shame and Accountability episode from Unlocking Us with Brené Brown on Apple Podcasts (It was so insightful and really helps you to understand shame in terms of racial discussions, accountability, and vulnerability when having difficult conversations. I found it very valuable. Brené provides some tips to use in the conversations.)
    Books:
    The New Jim Crow (by Michelle Alexander)
    How to be an Anti-Racist (by Ibram X. Kendi)
    So You Want to Talk About Race (by Ijeoma Oluo)
    Movies:
    Explained: Racial Wealth Gap (Netflix)
    Marshall (about Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall)
    The Hate U Give (grab your tissues)
    If Beale Street Could Talk
    Loving (about the Supreme Court case that overturned the prohibition of interracial marriages)
    Article:
    How to be an Ally in the Workplace article
    https://www.inc.com/katie-burke/3-things-you-can-do-now-to-take-action-as-an-ally-in-workplace.html

    Hope you enjoy!

    1. The Hate you Give was soooo good and very emotional! Highly recommend that one for sure, especially in this day and age.

  9. I recently watched “The Soul of America” on HBO which is based on Jon Meacham’s book of the same name. The quote by Mark Twain really captures it perfectly: “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes”. This documentary delves into the parallels between America’s past and present and shows how much work we still need to do for a better future in America.

    “The Soul of America”
    Find it on HBO and HBO Max

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