A collection of articles, books, podcasts, and more, curated to help us all become stronger allies.
If you're looking for ways to become a better ally to the Black community, this page is for you. Racial injustice in the United States is top of mind right now, but racism isn't new. Your Black colleagues, friends, and community have been victims of systemic racism for centuries. That's why we need to use this moment and energy to drive long-term change.
We put these resources together for HubSpot employees to learn how they can become better allies and anti-racists. We know that a list of resources won’t fix the centuries-long issue of racial injustice. But we believe that with understanding comes empathy, and with empathy comes action.
To that end, we hope that these resources help to inspire us all to take meaningful steps towards making our workplaces, industry, and society truly equitable for members of the Black community. We encourage you to use the resources, reflect on what you learn, and share some of these materials with your coworkers, family, and friends.
We know this work will never be ‘done’; our conversations about racial injustice need to sustain and evolve. So, we've shared our commitments for creating change at HubSpot in a letter from our CEO, Brian Halligan, and we’ll continue to update this page with resources as we continue to learn.
Training School for Negro Girls, Camille Acker
Parable of the Brown Girl, Khristi Lauren Adams
The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
A Black Women’s History of the United States, Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, Austin Channing Brown
Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
Black Feminist Thought, Patricia Hill Collins
The Cross and the Lynching Tree, James H. Cone
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, Dr. Brittney Cooper
Thick: And Other Essays, Tressie McMillan Cottom
Twisted: The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture, Emma Dabiri
Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life, Freedom, and Justice, Anthony Ray Hamilton
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
How To Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
Heavy: An American Memoir, Kiese Laymon
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, Audre Lorde
The Shadow King, Maaza Mengiste
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, Cherríe Moraga
The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo
An African-American and Latinx History of the US, Paul Ortiz
Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine
Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, Beverly Daniel Tatum
The Color of Compromise, Jemar Tisby
The End of Policing, Alex S. Vitale
The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After, Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil