For Educators

Resources to further pre and/or post-show discussions:

There’s LOTS here; please scroll all the way down the page to see a variety of resources.

Download and print our Educators Guide here:


Here are the Educational Objectives for One Drop of Love – the play, the performance film and our workshops:

1. Discover & analyze the connections between historical context and personal narrative and how they influence racial, class and gender identities

2. Critically examine the historical construction of race through the changing racial categories of the U.S. Census

3. Experience how social identity (race, gender, class, etc.) constructions affect our own well-being and our most intimate relationships


Bryan Stevenson TED talk: We need to talk about an injustice

“How I Learned about the One-Drop Rule” playlist

One Drop of Love Q&A Playlist 

What is ‘Intersectionality’?

Debbie Irving (author of Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race) TEDx talk

Aamer Rahman on Reverse Racism

The Unequal Opportunity Race

New York Times: #thisis2016 Asian-Americans Respond

Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin Di Angelo from GCORR


New York Times: Conversations with Latinos on Race


Blavity: Why We Need to Know the Story of Whiteness

Scene on Radio Podcast series: Seeing White (this link takes you to the ‘Episodes’ page – be sure to look for the ‘Seeing White’ episodes)

The Lily: How I Came to Accept My Hard to Pronounce Name

Colorlines: Dos and Don’ts of Talking to Kids of Color about White Supremacy

Especially for White Educators with Black & Brown students: If You Think You’re Giving Students of Color a Voice, Get Over Yourself

Girl Mob: Love, Alone, Will Not Dismantle Racism

The Guardian: You can’t ignore racism and raise anti-racist children. You have to tackle it head-on


The Brookings Institute: “6 Charts Showing Race Gaps within the American Middle Class

Ta-nehisi Coates: “The Case for Reparations

Robin DiAngelo “White Fragility

Yale National Initiative to Strengthen Teaching in Public Schools
Native America: Understanding the Past through Things

Kimberlé Crenshaw on Intersectionality: “I wanted to come up with an everyday metaphor that everyone can use”

New York Times: “Talking Across Racial Divides: 10 Ways to Encourage Civil Classroom Conversation on Difficult Issues
*we recommend you include discussion on who gets to determine what ‘civil’ is

Peggy McIntosh “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

RAINN “How to respond to a survivor

Twin Cities Daily Planet: “When white families avoid talking about race, families of color shoulder the burden of respectability

New York Public Library’s “A Reading List for America

The concept of names/naming + historical context are important to our show. Here’s an article on the importance of learning to properly pronounce student names: “What minority students hear when white teachers mispronounce their names

Rad Fag: “Black People Have Every Right to Distrust You for Being Lightskinned

School Library Journal’s #BlackLivesMatter Book List for Teens

Blog post: Nina Simone, Zoe Saldana, and Lightskinned Fragility

Bl0g post: You’re Not Colorblind and Neither is Your Kid

Blog post/Sermon: I, Racist

Report: U.S. Census Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin: 2010

The Guardian: Claudia Rankin: Why I’m spending $625,000 to study whiteness

Statement: American Anthropological Association Statement on “Race”

Mixed Race Studies 


ProjectImplicit  Implicit Bias Tests

Shared Google Document: Opportunities for White People in the Fight for Racial Justice

Pew Research Center: What Census Calls Us: A Historical Timeline

Letters for Black Lives 


TV mini series: America Divided

Documentary film: Dark Girls

Documentary film: Little White Lie

Documentary film: 13th

Animated feature: Zootopia

Netflix Series: Master of None

OWN Series: Queen Sugar


Racial Equity Tools 

Race Forward:  The Center for Racial Justice Innovation

White People Challenging Racism: Moving from Talk to Action

Wee the People


Sweet Blackberry

Mixed Roots Stories

Critical Mixed Race Studies

Loving Day

Showing Up for Racial Justice

Border Crossers: Building Racial Justice in Education

BOOKS (be sure these are included in your school’s library):

The Half Has Never Been Told by Edward E. Baptist

Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics and Big Business Recreate Race in the Twenty-first Century by Dr. Dorothy R. Roberts

How Race Survived U.S. History: From Settlement and Slavery to the Obama Phenomenon by David R. Roediger

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter

White by Law by Ian Haney López