MICA Photography Community Resources on Antiracism


Resource masterlist compiled by Mimo Muturi from the MICA community. Her instagram + donations page

Black Photographers covering the 2020 USA Protests


Reading towards Abolition: A Reading List on Policing, Rebellion, and the Criminalization of Blackness by the Abusable Past Collective | Radical History Review (June 1, 2020)

“Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus” by Catherine Halley | JSTOR (May 31, 2020)

America’s Racial Contract Is Killing Us” by Adam Serwer I Atlantic (May 8, 2020)

My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant” by Jose Antonio Vargas I NYT Mag (June 22, 2011)

The 1619 Project I The New York Times Magazine

The lntersectionality Wars” by Jane Coaston I Vox (May 28, 2019)

Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups developed by Craig Elliott PhD

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh

Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Dr. lbram X. Kendi I Atlantic (May 22, 2020)

A Timeline of Events That Led to the 2020 ‘Fed Up’-rising” by Michael Harriot | The Root ( May 30, 2020)

The Story Behind TIME’s George Floyd Protest Cover.

Bail Funds

National Bail Fund Network | bit.ly/localbailfunds
Baltimore Action Legal Team | baltimoreactionlegal.org/donate
The Bail Project | secure.givelively.org/donate/the-bail-project

Further Readings

Antiracism Resources for White-led Organizations | bit.ly/antiracismresources


Ending Police Violence In America.
Harm Reduction, Community Safety, Abolition.
BLM Anti Racist Resource for the Photography Industry.
8 Can’t Wait.
A Timeline of Events that Led to the 2020 “Fed Up”-rising.

IOS Blurring Software


‘Brown’ in Baltimore: School Segregation and the Limits of Liberalism | Howell S. Baum
Physical and Online Availability through Decker Library

Race. Class. Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore: Rebuilding Abandoned Communities in America | Marisela B. Comez
Physical and Online Availability through Decker Library

Sister Citizen: Shame. Stereotypes. and Black Women in America | Melissa Harris Perry
Online Availability through Decker Library

Black Feminist Thought I Patricia Hill Collins
Online Availability through Decker Library

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower I Dr Brittney Cooper
Physical Availability through Decker Library

Heavy: An American Memoir I Kiese Laymon
Physical Availability through Decker Library

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings I Maya Angelou
Physical Availability through Decker Library

Just Mercy I Bryan Stevenson

Me and White Supremacy I Layla F. Saad

Redefining Realness I Janet Mock
Physical Availability through Decker Library

Sister Outsider I Audre Lorde
Physical Availability through Decker Library

So You Want to Talk About Race I Ijeoma Oluo

The Bluest Eye I Toni Morrison
Physical Availability through Decker Library

The Fire Next Time I James Baldwin
Physical Availability through Decker Library

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness I Michelle Alexander
Physical and Online Availability through Decker Library

The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century I Grace Lee Boggs
Physical and Online Availability through Decker Library

The Warmth of Other Suns I Isabel Wilkerson
Physical Availability through Decker Library

Their Eyes Were Watching God I Zora Neale Hurston
Physical Availability through Decker Library

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color I Cherríe Moraga
Physical Availability through Decker Library

Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision | Barbara Ransby
Online Availability through Decker Library

When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America I Ira Katznelson

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism I Robin DiAngelo, PhD

Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation | Reverend angel Kyudo Williams

Race Matters, 25th Anniversary Edition, with a New Introduction | Doctor Cornel West

How to Be an Anti-Racist | Ibram X. Kendi

The History of White People | Nell Irvin Painter

A People’s History of the United States | Howard Zinn

Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates

Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? | Mumia Abu-Jamal
Physical Availability through Decker Library

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools | Monique Morris
Online Availability through Decker Library

Social Media Accounts To Follow

Center for Antiracist Research: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Audre Lorde Project: Twitter I lnstagram I Facebook

Black Women’s Blueprint: Twitter I lnstagram I Facebook

Color Of Change: Twitter I Facebook

Colorlines: Twitter I lnstagram I Facebook

The Conscious Kidlnstagram I Facebook

Equal Justice Initiative (EJI): Twitter I lnstagram I Facebook

Families Belong Together: Twitter I lnstagram I Facebook

The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights: Twitter I Facebook

MPowerChange: Twitter I lnstagram I Facebook

Muslim Girl: Twitter I lnstagram I Facebook

NAACP: Twitter I lnstagram I Facebook

National Domestic Workers Alliance: Twitter I Facebook

RAICES: Twitter I lnstagram I Facebook

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): Twitter I lnstagram I Facebook

SisterSong: Twitter | Instagram I Facebook

United We Dream: Twitter I lnstagram I Facebook


Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers (50:48)

How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion” I Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools (18:26)


13th (Ava DuVernay) I Netflix

American Son (Kenny Leon) I Netflix

Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 I Available to rent

Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) I Available to rent

Dear White People (Justin Simien) I Netflix

Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) I Available to rent

I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) I Available to rent or on Kanopy

If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) I Hulu

Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) I Available to rent

King In The Wilderness I HBO

See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) I Netflix

Selma (Ava DuVernay) I Available to rent

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution I Available to rent

The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) I Hulu with Cinemax

When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) I Netflix

Black Lives: Collection of films from the Criterion Channel Streaming for Free until the end of June.

Hale County This Morning, This Evening: An inspired and intimate portrait of a place and its people, this documentary looks at the lives of Daniel Collins and Quincy Bryant, two young African American men from rural Hale County, Alabama, over the course of five years.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco: Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation.

Moonlight: A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

Hyènes (Hyenas): One of the treasures of African cinema, Senegalese master Mambéty’s long-delayed follow-up to his canonical Touki Bouki is a hallucinatory comic adaptation of Swiss avant-garde writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s play The Visit, which in Mambéty’s imagining follows a now-rich woman returning to her poor desert hometown to propose a deal to the populace: her fortune, in exchange for the death of the man who years earlier abandoned her and left her with his child.

Parent Resources

Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners

Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt

Fare of the Free Child Podcast

Teaching Your Child About Black History Month


1619 | New York Times

About Race with Renni Eddo Lodge

Code Switch I NPR

Intersectionality Matters! I Hosted by Kimberle Crenshaw

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast.

Pod For The Cause I Front The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

Pod Save the People I Crooked Media

Seeing White, Scene on Radio, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University

Talking About Whiteness with Eula Biss

Notice the Rage; Notice the Silence with Resmaa Menakem

Black Mental Health Care

4-7-8 breathing- www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324417
Racial Trauma Toolkit and Infographic, created by the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston CollegeManuscript & Infographic.

Black Lives on the Big Screen (in your living room), Maryland Film Festival Virtual, 2020


Dark City Beneath the Beat, TT the Artist, 2020.

The Maryland Virtual Film Festival, 2020 at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theatre in Station North, Baltimore runs until Sunday, June 21st. Take some time over the next few days to watch films centered around Black Lives. Clicking on a title below will lead you to each film’s festival page where you can purchase tickets. Support local filmmaking and engage with the Balti-Shorts block, in particular!

Dark City Beneath the Beat—TT The Artist—Documentary Feature
Ballet After Dark—Barbara K. Asare-Bediako—Balti-Shorts
Buck—Elegance Bratton & Jovan James—Balti-Shorts
Mirrors—Greg Lewis—Balti-Shorts
Squeegee—Khalid Ali—Balti-Shorts
Tori—Eric R. Cotten—Genre Shorts
Watching the Storm—Sheena D. Carter—Balti-Shorts
Viewing Room—Julian Turner—Character Study Shorts
Treeline Lake—Sinah Ober—Charged Spaces Shorts
Spit on the Broom—Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich—Diverging Forms Shorts
Yves & Variation—Lydia Cornett—Documentary Shorts
Dirty—Matthew Puccini—LGBTQ Pride Shorts
A Mother—Natasha Ngaiza—Narrative Frontiers Shorts
T—Keisha Rae Witherspoon—Narrative Frontiers Shorts

Calls for Entry


In no particular order!
















ONLINE THIS WEEK: Vera Lutter Studio Tour; Into the Archives with Natasha Egan; and Cyanotype Workshop with Sheridyn Villareal—Museum of Contemporary Photography


A Photo Negative Image created by Vera Lutter using a camera obscura. The scene is a Chicago skyline—it looks like an X-Ray of Skyscrapers. Buildings have lots of bones inside of them.
Vera Lutter, 333 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, October 16, 2001

MoCP Behind the Lens: Vera Lutter
Friday, May 22, 13:00 Eastern Time
Presented virtually via Zoom
Register in advance for this webinar here.

Join the MoCP and photographer Vera Lutter for a virtual sneak peek into her studio! Drawing inspiration from the urban landscape, Lutter’s work utilizes the tool of the camera obscura to render the world around her unfamiliar and new. 
 The camera obscura (literally, “dark room”) is one of the oldest optical technologies, the principle of which holds that when light passes through a small aperture into a darkened chamber, an inverted image will appear on the wall opposite the hole. Lutter hangs black-and-white photographic paper on the wall to capture the image. The resulting pictures are one-of-a-kind paper negatives. In 2001, the MoCP commissioned Lutter to turn rooms in Chicago office buildings into camera obscuras and photograph Chicago’s downtown. This event will be recorded and transcribed.  If you require special accommodations for this event, please contact mocp@colum.edu.

This image is a checkerboard made of photographs of the sun taken by various folks on Flickr—compiled by Penelope Umbrico. It fills one with both hope and terror; the dawn and it's promises of a new day; and the disorientation created by imagining that seventy-two suns have begun to rise beyond the horizon.
Penelope Umbrico, Excerpt from 8,146,774 Suns from Flickr (Partial) 10/15/10, 2010

Photos at Zoom: Into the Vault with MoCP Director Natasha Egan
Wednesday, May 20, 13:00 Eastern Time

Presented virtually via Zoom
Register in advance for this webinar here.

Ever wonder where the MoCP stores its collection of 16,000 photographs? This week for Photos at Zoom, join MoCP executive director Natasha Egan in an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek into the vault! Learn about the MoCP’s vast collection of photographic objects and how these works inform the curatorial process, including curatorial approaches from former guest curators Teju Cole and Jan Tichy. Egan will discuss works by Dawoud Bey, Binh Danh, Roy DeCarava, Walker Evans, Vera Lutter, Shi Guorui, and Penelope Umbrico. This event will be recorded and transcribed.  If you require special accommodations for this event, please contact mocp@colum.edu.

This image is a floral cyanotype—which appears a lot like an illustration floating in a sea of blue-ness. It's a royal blue, with white highlights where the tiny flowers would be. Seems to include two ferns, as well. It makes me think of my Grandmother and the doilies she would place on her dining table. The image was unattributed to any artist.
Image Credit Unattributed.

Cyanotype Workshop
May 21, 17:00 Eastern Time

Presented virtually via Zoom
Register in advance for this webinar here.

Join MoCP intern Sheridyn Villareal for a live demonstration of the cyanotype printmaking process, where she will demonstrate how to create the photosensitive medium and then how to use it to create simple or complex prints using found objects and natural materials. Don’t miss this one-of-a kind demonstration! This workshop is open to all, though teens are especially encouraged to attend!

Thesis Show 2020


In response to Covid-19 related closures of arts institutions all over the country, a collaborative effort started at RISD created the Thesis Shows 2020 digital platform presenting the work of

graduating students of peer arts institutions. We invite you to see the work of the MICA Photography class of 2020, as well other young artists’ works all over the country. 


In conjunction, we have built a virtual thesis exhibition to display the hard work, creative labor, and dedication of these students. In it you will find their portfolios and senior book. 


“Two months have passed since COVID-19 shut us down. From my new social distance, I’ve witnessed a great range of emotion. Although the disbelief, frustration and anger seem to be shifting, the reality remains. My class continues to work intensely and with great passion. They have created compelling and beautiful work over their senior year at MICA. What I know now, is that their dedication to their practice and to each other has been forged. This will fortify and serve them always.” Regina DeLuise

Maryland Institute College of Art Photography BFA Class of 2020

Emma Cheshire

Sarah Eckstine

Noah M. Fisher 

Jacqueline Foss

Sam Glick

Rebecca Gohn 

Asha Jamila Holmes

Jason Magid

Alli Reichert 

Edgardo Guerrero Salomon

Matthew Wagner

To the seniors, we applaud your work, your commitment to each other and the well being of our society. We have loved seeing your drive to question, to make, and to respond.  This spirit will serve you as you navigate what comes next. What comes next is always unknown, but in these unprecedented times, the weight of uncertainty feels more ambiguous and heavy. We can say, with great certainty, the work displayed in the creation of this site is proof of a ubiquitous collaborative spirit that exists in your generation of makers. It is stronger and more unified than ever before.