In response to the continued acts of racial violence committed by law enforcement in the U.S. and the ensuing worldwide protest movement, the CMA staff has compiled this collection of resources to help advance anti-racism work in our community and beyond. We recognize that this is a small sample of the many resources currently available on these issues. We invite you to begin here and to never stop learning.

CMA Board of Directors: Statement of Solidarity, June 2020

Literature by living authors has been marked with a caret (^).

Updated: October 3, 2022

Black Contributions to Chamber Music

Racism in Music

Anti-Racism Resources

Short Reads
Long Reads
  • White Fragility Robin DiAngelo^
  • How to Be An Antiracist Ibram X. Kendi^
  • Me and White Supremacy Layla F. Saad^

Racism in Music: Understanding and Dismantling Systemic Racism

Short Reads/Websites
Long Reads
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Michelle Alexander^
  • Are Prisons Obsolete?, Abolition Democracy, and Freedom is a Constant Struggle Angela Davis^
  • Necropolitics Achille Mbembe^
  • The End of Policing Alex Vitale^

Documentaries and Videos


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Extensive Guides

For those looking to dig deeper, review the large databases below.

Further Reading

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou
  • Notes of a Native Son James Baldwin
  • Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates^
  • “What to a Slave is the Fourth of July” Frederick Douglass
  • The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Bad Feminist: Essays Roxane Gay^
  • Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America Melissa Harris-Perry^
  • Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black bell hooks
  • Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of This Nation John Lewis
  • “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Zami: A New Spelling of My Name Audre Lorde
  • Beloved and The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison
  • Revolutionary Suicide and To Die For The People Huey P. Newton
  • Citizen: An American Lyric Claudia Rankine^
  • Assata: An Autobiography Assata Shakur^
  • The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race Jesmyn Ward^, editor
  • The Autobiography of Malcom X Malcom X and Alex Haley
  • NYPL Schomburg Center Black Liberation Reading List