Resources: Black Lives Matter

Hey all.

I’m still on a break from social media and blogging but I recognize that’s an incredible privilege to be able to step away from these spaces, especially in the midst of the protests and calls to action that are ongoing right now.

So I wanted to share some of the many resources others have created and that I’m currently working through, on understanding anti-racism, how to be an ally, and book and movie recommendations. I’m grateful for all the energy the Black community has put into the creation of these documents, and the energy and resilience they continue to demonstrate. It’s not their responsibility to educate me or other white folks so I’m working on putting in that same energy in unlearning and challenging my privilege. I’ve been having lots of conversations with friends and family but I wanted to share these resources to readers here too.

Books by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) authors:

  • Nox the Reader has created an extensive (and growing) list of books and anti-racist resources — organizations to donate to, petitions to sign, info on contacting reps, other accounts to follow – all sorts of information on different ways to support and take action.
  • Another book blogger, Fanna has created a list of June releases by Black authors that she’s looking forward to.
  • Olivia @ Olivia’s Catastrophe has offered some steps to take right now, as well as highlighting her reviews of books by Black authors and Black book bloggers to follow.
  • Haymarket Books is currently offering a free download of the ebook, Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States edited by Joe Macaré, Maya Schenwar, and Alana Yu-lan Price.
  • Red Balloon Bookshop in Minnesota has put together a booklist for various ages on civil rights, racism, and anti-racism.
  • The publisher, All Lit Up, has also compiled a booklist of Black Canadian authors.
  • I’ll also be participating in the Juneteenth readathon that was recently created by some members of Dewey’s 24-hour readathon. It’ll take place from June 19th to the 20th and the purpose is to read BIPOC authors throughout the readathon. Many readers have been offering lots of book recommendations so you can join the group to see all of those.

I’m making my way through these reading lists and my own shelves. I’ll be starting with Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi and Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis from my Quarantine TBR.

Anti-racism resources/learning how to be an ally:

These are a number of resource guides that have been shared across social media and offer a wide variety of resources including term definitions, organization and rally information, and reading and watch lists.

  • Anti-Racist Resource Guide – Victoria Alexander breaks down structural vs individual racism and implicit bias, steps to take towards anti-racism, and many recommendations for different media forms to check out.
  • Justice in June – Autumn Gupta and Bryanna Wallace guide learners through the month by provided different steps to take each day based on the time commitment you can offer – 10, 25, or 40 minutes a day. A very simple way to get started especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
  • Antiracist Allyship Starter Pack – created by Tatum Dorrell, Matt Herndon, and Jourdan Dorrell, they have linked many articles and books on topics like whiteness, racism, and police violence, as well as accounts to follow and resources for protest safety.
  • Resource List – Naakita Feldman-Kiss has also compiled many resources, highlighting organizations in both the States and Canada to support and offering guidance on signing petitions and writing advocacy letters.
  • Andi Marquette over at Women and Words has highlighted others’ resource compilations with learning tools, books, and actions to take for white allies.

Museums, libraries, and archives:

Conversations in this field are something I’ve been paying particular attention to as this is the field I work in. The colonial foundation of libraries, archives, and museums is not a new understanding and many of my colleagues and former classmates have long been challenging the overwhelming whiteness in all aspects of the field (schools, staff, holdings, etc.).

  • Last year a librarian at the University of Michigan put together a “Disrupting Whiteness in Libraries and Librarianship” reading list (note: some of these require a subscription to the publisher websites but others listed are open access).
  • The Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver is highlighting one of their ongoing projects to decolonize their African Collections and Displays as they strive to improve limited documentation on the objects and incorporate African knowledges, ideally from a community-driven approach.
  • Museums & Race, based in the States, is a group of museum professionals who have come together to challenge ongoing racism in museum spaces and develop an action plan to enact change in museums and professionals. I’ve linked above to their statement of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and you can also find their History of Museums page that speaks more to the lack of neutrality in museums and their history in supporting colonial systems.
  • Museum Professionals Of Colour is a student group out of my former faculty at the University of Toronto that formed earlier this year and advocates for racial diversity and inclusivity in the program and the field. They are also challenging the non-neutrality of museums and predominance of white professionals and white stories, and have called for institutions across Canada to take action and explicitly lay out how they are striving towards anti-racism in their communities.
  • The National Museum of African American History and Culture recently launched a new web portal called “Talking About Race” that has many, many resources to help in expanding your understanding of anti-racism, racialized identities, and white privilege. You can follow your own journey through their site, whether you go by your role (Educator, Caregiver, or Person Committed to Equity) or by topic or linked resource.

Some Canadian and international organizations to learn about and support:

  • Black Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter Canada for Canadian-specific resources, including petitions, details on protests, anti-racism learning resources, and organizations accepting donations.
  • Black Health Alliance – a community-led charity focused on the health and well-being of communities in Canada. They have a resource hub on their site, including research they’ve conducted on the health inequities and access to care as well as contact info for community services from housing to mental and sexual health.
  • Justice 4 Black Lives Winnipeg – this group is organizing a rally in Winnipeg today in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. They’ve been posting calls to action on their social media that highlights what their mission is, how to donate to them, and details about the peaceful rally.
  • Black Space Winnipeg – a grassroots organization that works to challenge anti-Black racism and support the Black community in Winnipeg. Currently, they’re recommending donations go to Justice 4 Black Lives Winnipeg.
  • AfroBiz highlights Black-owned businesses and Black entrepreneurs all over Canada, the States, Europe, and Africa that you can direct your business to.

To watch and listen: 

  • Zoe Amira has created an almost hour-long video, which as well as showcasing Black creators is a way to financially support bail funds if you’re not able to donate yourself. Be sure to watch the whole video including the ads and all the revenue generated through AdSense will be donated to organizations offering these funds.
  • Brea Baker has shared several podcasts that provide historical context and speak to anti-racism and intersectionality.
  • The NFB has a playlist of free anti-racism films that are focused on racism in Canada.
  • DocPlay is offering a number of documentaries about race, prejudice, and privilege around the world.
  • CBC has also compiled a list of podcasts, films, books, and TEDx talks by Black Canadians and largely focused on Black identity and racism in Canada.

I had been planning to share my May recap in the coming days but since I won’t be posting anything else for a while, I’m going to hold off on that so this resources post can stay front and centre.

I know this is a lot of information and it’s still a lot that I’m working through, but I hope you find something here or in other spaces to engage with. There are of course many, many other resources that I haven’t included here so I encourage you to continue to do research and seek out Black voices who are doing endless work in this movement. There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done to see change in our society so this will take time and effort on the part of non-Black allies, instead of resting solely on the Black community as it has for too long.

Stay safe everyone, and to non-Black folks, keep learning, challenging, and finding ways to support. I’ll see you all soon.

3 thoughts on “Resources: Black Lives Matter

  1. Thanks for including me on your list and the video ❤ I also really love that you took time during your break to put this great list of resources together for this blog post! Appreciate it. x

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