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Anti-Racism : Selected Local & Historical Resources

Information for students, faculty, and staff about anti-racism.

Maine Wabanaki


"For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to “save them from being Indian.” In Maine, the first official Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the United States begins a historic investigation. Dawnland goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations."

Dawnland is an Emmy award winning documentary & on the American Library Association's list of Notable Videos for Adults crated by the Upstander Project.

USM Professors wanting to show the film in class may contact to request access to Dawnland for your class. The film can be placed into your class Ares, electronic reserves, and class Brightspace.

Dawland preview

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Anti-Racism Resources - History

For those who have individual subscriptions to Amazon Prime, Netflix, and other streaming services, you may want to check out whether your subscription has temporary free access to anti-racist movies.

The Green Book

The Green Book: Maine Listings & Register from USM's African American Collection

Between 1936 and 1967, the Negro Motorist Green Book was essential for the survival of thousands of black Americans in an era of segregation cemented into the American legal system through Jim Crow laws, sundown towns where African Americans were under threat of violence after sunset, and a sharp increase in lynchings and other forms of hate crimes.

Victor Green worked as a postal carrier in Hackensack, New Jersey, and lived with his family in Harlem. Allegedly, Green was frustrated with his own experiences attempting to travel the United States as an African American and heard similar stories from friends and family. In 1936, he decided to publish the first edition of the Negro Motorist Green Book, based on similar guides for Jewish travelers. The first issue of the Green Book was limited to black-owned and non-discriminatory businesses in New York City.

Source: Green Book Sites: A Historic Travel Guide to Jim Crow America National Trust for Historic Preservation

The Cummings' Guest House Register is now in USM's Special Collections. Below is a page from the register that lists visitors from Boston, New York City, and Washington D.C. among other places.

Page from Cumming's Register

Source: Cummings Guest House Register, African American Collection of Maine, Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, University of Southern Maine Libraries.

The 1619 Project (NYT Magazine)