The following resources are intended to provide helpful information and tools for the Ames community. We want to make this list as broad and intersectional as possible. If you have resources for us to consider adding, please contact us!
- ACSD Fact Sheet (PDF)- Fact sheet on racial disparities in Ames Schools assembled by the Inclusive Ames Youth and Schools team.
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Bringing it home – resources and conversations about race in Iowa
- Ames Tribune article reporting a race achievement gap in Ames schools
- The ACLU reported that Iowa is second-worst in the country for racial disparities in arrests for drug possession.
- Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of Between the World and Me, gave a recent talk at Iowa State. Among many things, he urges learning your local racial history. Listen to the talk here: Ta-Nehisi Coates talk at Iowa State
- Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow which addresses the spoke at Iowa State in 2016. Listen to her talk here: Michelle Alexander talk at Iowa State
- To learn about the history of African-Americans in Iowa, check out the African American Museum of Iowa.
- Did you know that Iowa State University offers an open access summer course called “Teaching and Learning Iowa History – Iowans and the Struggles Against Anti-Black Racism”? If it is offered again we will post about it here.