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We Stand Against Racism

We cannot stand for racism, nor can we be silent when we see it. We stand with all those who have experienced prejudice and hatred, and we are committed to our role in helping make Arizona and this nation a place of equality for everyone.

Juneteenth

Educational Resources

Movies

Ms. Juneteenth
13th
I Am Not Your Negro
Freedom Riders
Just Mercy
Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea
When They See Us

Series

Watchmen (HBO)
High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America

Books

"The Fire Next Time" by James Baldwin
"On Juneteenth" by Annette Gordon Reid

Articles

What is Juneteenth?

Resources

Join the Movement to fight for Freedom, Liberation and Justice.

Donate now to help the ACLU respond to ongoing threats and seize every opportunity to move freedom forward in 2020.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture has introduced a digital program exploring race, racial identity and its influence on American society.

The Conscious Kid

The Conscious Kid supports organizations, families, and educators in taking action to disrupt racism in young children.

Suggested Readings

Be a Better Ally

The Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements have forced people in positions of power - namely, the white men who dominate institutional leadership roles - to realize they must personally step up to make organizations more fair and inclusive. That means playing a truly active role in helping marginalized colleagues advance (instead of just delegating diversity efforts to human resources).

How can white men be effective allies to those employees? First, by taking responsibility for their own behaviors, educating themselves about racism and privilege, and getting and accepting feedback from people in underrepresented groups. They can also become confidants to and sponsors of women and people of color and insist on diverse hiring pools and practices. They can vigilantly watch out for bias at work, intervening decisively if they discover it. Last, they can work to build a community of other allies against racism and sexism.” View Article »

The Guide to Allyship

The Guide to Allyship is an open source starter guide to help you become a more thoughtful and effective ally. View Guide »

Black Liberations Reading List

For 95 years, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has preserved, protected and fostered a greater understanding of the Black experience. Learn more about the Black experience to help foster understanding and empathy, teach important history, educate on current events, and spark important discussions and conversations. View Reading List »

Black Professionals & Allies
Be The Change

Our very own Jon Duplantier took part in a MLB Roundtable discussion among African-American players including Sterling Sharp, Josh Bell and Dom Smith. This panel was moderated by Harold Reynolds with Sharon Robinson (Jackie Robinson’s daughter) serving as a special guest.


We Will Not Be Silent

Jackie Robinson Day

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke Baseball’s color barrier when he made his historic MLB debut. Major League Baseball and all Clubs commemorate Jackie Robinson Day each year on April 15.

Robinson was more than a baseball player. D-backs broadcaster Mike Ferrin hosted a few guests to share untold stories about Robinson’s life before and after baseball. At a young age Robinson was an all-star athlete, played football and ran track. As an adult, he was in the military, stationed in Hawaii and transferred just days before Pearl Harbor. Watch this video to learn more about Jackie and hear untold stories from guests.

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Raymond Doswell - Vice President of Curatorial Services at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Dr. Michael Long - Author and editor of 42 Today: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy
Leroi Roscoe Chappelle - Father of former Arizona Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart, native of Phoenix and college competitor of Jackie and Mack Robinson


2020 Opening Day

Major League Baseball and all Clubs used the platform and national stage of Opening Day to be allies and active participants in social change, and to support and amplify voices. Black Lives Matter game elements and merchandise included player workout and batting practice tees, a uniform patch, solidarity footwear, commemorative Black Lives Matter baseballs, base jewels, a stencil behind pitcher’s mound and more.


Negro Leagues 100th Anniversary


Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church Technology Donation

On September 24, 2020, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and University of Phoenix presented Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church with 50 Chrome Book Laptops to support their High Achieving Scholars Program. The computers will be used to promote the "T" in “STEM” which stands for “technology.” Students will have an opportunity to access this technology for a variety of purposes while on campus and off-campus; whether it be to receive basic computer literacy skills or learning the basics of coding. Students will also use the computers to receive tutoring and other resources to promote their academic achievement.

Pilgrim Rest
Pilgrim Rest

D-backs RBI Program

The Arizona Diamondbacks are proud to stand beside Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church to create a memorable and meaningful baseball outreach and training event targeting aspiring young athletes.

The D-backs RBI Program offers free baseball and softball clinics for boys and girls age 6-16. Please check back for future clinic dates.


Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.