So you went to the protests, donated to the causes, and shared Black-owned businesses on your Instagram feed. But now that Black Lives Matter is out of the news cycle, what do we do? It’s time for the real work to begin. Now we need to continue to seek out education and learn how to be ongoing allies in the fight for equality for all humans, regardless of race. As the saying goes, Black Lives Matter is a movement, not a moment.
In light of this need for ongoing education, we’ve put together a guide of resources – who to follow, what to read, where to continue donating. Bookmark this page for future reference, read on, and continue taking action.
Black thought leaders to follow on Instagram
These incredible humans are continuing to educate all of us in areas where we as a country are extremely lacking – racial equality and social justice. Make sure you don’t DM them with questions – use the resources they provide to do your own research – and support them with donations when you can.
- Layla F. Saad
- Rachel Elizabeth Cargle
- Alishia McCullough
- Megan Torres
- Brittany Packnett Cunningham
- Aja Barber
- Reni Eddo-Lodge
- Angela Rye
- Ava DuVernay
- Yara Shahidi
Black creators to support
Even if you don’t have money to donate to organizations and individuals, you can easily support Black creators by following their accounts, genuinely and actively engaging with their content, and sharing their work with others. Black creators have often been overlooked and underpaid when PR companies and brands consider who to hire for campaigns. It’s time they were treated with equal respect.
- Asiyami Gold
- Jessica Nabongo
- Lee Litumbe
- Janea Brown
- Paola Mathé
- Aysha Sow
- Onyi Moss
- Gabi Fresh
- Nana Agyemang
- Mariama Diallo
Books to read
Of course, books are a great way to educate yourself on any subject. In this case, read books written Black voices to learn about the experience of racism in America, the history, and how we can all be allies to change the future and create equality. There are such a large number of incredible books, so we are listing some of our favorites below. Make sure to purchase these books from a Black-owned bookstore (here’s a list you can purchase from online).
- So You Want to Talk About Race – A hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America.
- They Can’t Kill Us All – Memoir about the exhausting reality of a lifetime of reporting police brutality and the deaths of Black people in America.
- Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot – A collection of essays that takes aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women.
- How to Be an Antiracist – For anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.
- Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World & Become a Good Ancestor – For readers who are ready to closely examine their own beliefs and biases and do the work it will take to create social change.
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander – A stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status.
- Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, & the Fight for a Fair America – A chilling account of how the right to vote and the principle of democracy have been and continue to be under attack.
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – A look at Black history in Britain as it intertwines with class, and how it resulted in the disconnect in conversations about race today.
- A More Beautiful and Terrible History – Provides context and realism to the figures in the civil rights movement that have been mythologized throughout history, proving that there’s still so much more to learn than what’s taught in history classes.
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – Exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.
Media to watch
There are a variety of ways to educate yourself on racism, and watching video can be a powerful tool showing real events from the past and telling stories that may have been lost or covered up in mainstream media. We definitely recommend watching the movies and series below to get a start on learning the history of racism in America and the Black Lives Matter movement.
- 13th – Documentary exposing and analyzing the flaws in the U.S. prison system that disproportionately afflict the Black community.
- Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement – Documentary that chronicles the evolution of the Black Lives Matter movement through the first person accounts of local activists, protesters, scholars, journalists and others.
- LA92 – Documentary examining the tumultuous period following the verdict in the Rodney King trial in 1992. The acquittal of four police officers for beating a black motorist saw several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles.
- Malcolm X – Biographical drama that takes you through Malcolm X’s career, incarceration, conversion, controversies and eventual assassination in 1965.
- Freedom Riders – In the 1960s, a group of activists known as the ‘Freedom Riders’ brought everyone’s attention to the racial problems in the US by traveling on integrated buses into the South. The nonviolent group was often met with physical violence by white residents.
- Fruitvale Station – Biographical drama that tells the story of the 2009 death of Oscar Grant who was shot by a police officer in Oakland, California.
- Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story – Documentary series begins with the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, and follows the rise of Black Lives Matter movement.
- I Am Not Your Negro – Documentary exploring the history of racism through civil rights leaders like Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King.
- Dear White People – Series that focuses on a group of college students of color who challenge the “post-racial” culture at their Ivy League university.
- Jewel’s Catch One – Documentary celebrating the legacy of a legendary Los Angeles nightclub, Catch One, and the life-changing impact its owner, Jewel Thais-Williams, had on her community, breaking down racial and cultural barriers and building the oldest black-owned disco in America. Jewel’s story celebrates music, fashion, celebrities and activism that helped changed the course of our country.
Organizations to donate to
- Campaign Zero – Online platform and organization that utilizes research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in America. Donate
- Unicorn Riot – Non-profit organization that is dedicated to exposing root causes of dynamic social and environmental issues. Donate
- Know Your Rights Camp – Provides resources for black and brown communities, including hiring defense attorneys for anyone arrested protesting police brutality. Donate
- The American Civil Liberties Union – Provides legal assistance whenever civil liberties are at risk. Donate
- Fair Fight – Ensures fair elections and combats voter suppression. Donate
- Committee to Protect Journalists – Fights press freedom violations worldwide. Donate
- The Bail Project – Provides free bail assistance, reunites families, restores the presumptions of innocence. Donate
- Okra Project – A collective that seeks to address the global crisis of violence by providing resources and meals to Black Trans people worldwide. Donate
- Black and Brown Founders – Provides community, education, and access to Black and Latinx entrepreneurs, allowing them to launch and build tech businesses with modest resources. Donate
- The Loveland Foundation – Provides financial assistance to Black women and girls nationally seeking therapy. Donate
- Sistersong – Strengthen and amplify the collective voices of indigenous women and women of color to achieve reproductive justice by eradicating reproductive oppression and securing human rights. Donate
Additional online resources
- Official BLM downloadable resources
- Anti-racism resources
- 100 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
- Free Anti-Racist PDFs
- Ways You Can Help
Please let us know in the comments who else we should follow/support, what media we should watch, what books we should read, and what resources you know of so we can all continue educating ourselves to take much needed action.