Sandy Spring Friends School



Resources for Social Justice and Equity

General resources

  • Teaching Tolerance: Teaching about race, racism, and police violence 
  • Array Now: Started by Ava DuVernay, director of Now They See Us, this is a compilation of African American independent films-an array of stories and voices.

For parents - How to talk to your children about race and racial incidents:

For white allies - How to be an ally for racial justice:

Lower school student resources:

5th grade and up (may be a bit too complicated for younger children, but could be adapted):

  • Table Talk Guide from that specifically provides context and discussion questions related to the current events around George Floyd that can help you structure a conversation

For middle and upper school-age students:

The resources below are mostly geared toward teenagers and adults, and mainly aimed at inspiring white people to engage in work to recognize privilege and actively dismantle white supremacy and systemic oppression. There are opportunities with these resources for families to engage with their children, with parents to engage with one another, for us to model our own personal work toward ending systemic violence.  

  • Article: "Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" by Peggy McIntosh 
  • Article: "When White Women Cry" by Mamta Accpadi 
  • Book: How to be an Antiracist by Ibram Kendi
  • Book: Blindspot by Mahzarin Banaji
  • Article/call to action program: "Unpacking White Feminism" - Rachel Cargle
  • Book/call to action program: Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad

Books for parents, faculty, staff:

  • The Condemnation of Blackness Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America By Khalil Gibran Muhammad
    Offers historical account of systemic and structural racism
  • Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde
  • Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Black History Reading List

For parents - How to talk to your children about gun violence and school shootings:

Resources from the SSFS Counseling Staff:

Applicable Resources from the Recent OIEJB email:
For Lower School Aged Children:

For Middle/Upper School Aged Children: