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Black Lives Matter
Student Resources

Message to our Students

Thank you for joining the CCC at our Community Healing Space on June 11, 2020.
As mentioned, we’re sharing the following list of resources to accompany action plans that center our commitment to and support of Black lives.

If you have any questions, you can contact us at

Steps to Action

  1. Combat Anti-Blackness within your families in a way that Is safe for you
  2. Unearth your internalized Anti-Blackness
  3. Get Familiar: Learn, Understand, and Reflect on key terms
  4. Stay Connected
  5. Not an action but a reminder: Commit to the process of being a lifelong learner

Organizations to support

The Okra Project

instagram: @theokraproject

The Marsha P. Johnson Institute

Black Trans Femmes in the Arts

Black LGBTQ Migrant Project

Survived and Punished

The Bail Project

The Bail Project works with public defenders and community organizations to provide assistance paying bail, court date reminders, transportation, and other support to low-income individuals.

Black Alliance for Just Immigration

The Black Alliance for Just Immigration works toward racial, social, and economic justice locally and regionally by engaging with community partners to boost awareness about race, racism, identities, migration, and globalization.

Black Visions Collective

Black Visions Collective is a Minnesota-based organization dedicated to dismantling systems of oppression and violence by fostering black leadership.

UndocuBlack Network

The UndocuBlack Network provides resources and community, along with advancing policy, immigrant rights, and racial justice to benefit black undocumented individuals.

African Communities Together

African Communities Together is “an organization of African immigrants fighting for civil rights, opportunity, and a better life for our families here in the U.S. and worldwide.”

My Block, My Hood, My City

My Block, My Hood, My City is a Chicago nonprofit at the forefront of getting aid to businesses in majority-minority neighborhoods.

Hope Not Hate

Hope Not Hate is an antiracist and antifascist advocacy group in the U.K. that focuses its efforts on community politics and stifling extremism.

Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective

The Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective is a nonprofit “collective of advocates, yoga teachers, artists, therapists, lawyers, religious leaders, teachers, psychologists, and activists.”

Know Your Rights Camp

A campaign and series of camps held in various U.S. cities to empower black youth and instruct them on how to interact with law enforcement, founded by professional football player Colin Kaepernick.

National Black Arts’ Forward Artist Project Relief Fund

National Black Arts’ Forward Artist Project Relief Fund: A fund to support black artists in need, enabling them to continue creating and featuring their art during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Books to Read and Discuss

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris

Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America by Sharmila Sen

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope by DeRay Mckesson

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Asha Bandele, Angela Y. Davis (Foreword)

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins

We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation by Jeff Chang

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad

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

The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale

>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

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community by Mia Birdsong

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

Surpassing Certainty by Janet Mock

Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement

Films and TV Shows

MAJOR! Documentary

Happy Birthday, Marsha!


When They See Us

Just Mercy (available to rent for free in June)

Dear White People (Netflix series)

If Beale Street Could Talk


Fruitvale Station

I Am Not Your Negro

Articles and blog posts

The Violence of white (and non-Black) Apologies by Ciarra Jones

In Racist America, Nothing Ever Changes, by Ciarra Jones

“The White Space” by Elijah Anderson, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2015, Vol. 1(1) 10–21, American Sociological Association

“The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic, June 2014

“How White Managers Can Respond to Anti-Black Violence,” by Michael W. Kraus, Yale Insights

“Why CEO Black Lives Matter Communications Are Critical: A DIBs Leader’s Perspective,” by Erin L. Thomas, VP, head of diversity, inclusion, and belonging, Upwork

“Where do I donate? Why is the uprising violent? Should I go protest?” Medium post by Courtney Martin

Other Resources

How-To: Tools and Guides to Defend Black Lives

A list of eight black-led LGBTQ organizations

Activism & Allyship Guide prepared by the Black@ Airbnb Employee Resource Group

A Twitter thread of children’s books that discuss race and racism by @wanderingbritt_

Array 101: a learning companion to Ava DuVernay’s films

Black people to follow in the cooking world by Samin Nosrat (start here and arrow toward more recent posts)

Anti-Racist Resource Guide created by Victoria Alexander, M.Ed.

TED talks to help you understand racism in America

“Anti-racism resources for white people,” Google doc compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein, May 2020

“Resources on Environmental Justice, Racism, and Whiteness,” Washington Environmental Council

“An Essential Reading Guide for Fighting Racism” by Arianna Rebolini, BuzzFeed News, May 29, 2020

“Attending a Protest: Surveillance Self Defense,” Electronic Frontier Foundation

Resource guide comprising bail funds, memorial funds, mutual aid, and advice for protesters by Twitter user @botanicaldyke

Talking About Race: a resource portal from the National Museum of African-American History & Culture

Resource guide: “a working document for scaffolding anti-racism resources” by Anna Stamborski, Nikki Zimmermann, and Bailie Gregory

The Movement for Black Lives: a series of daily actions to put an “end to the criminalization, incarceration, and killing” of black people.

The Movement for Black Lives: Daily Actions: Examples include organizing a march or a Twitter storm, displaying a banner in your yard, providing materials such as masks and hand sanitizer to protesters, and much more. The actions are color-coded green, yellow, and red to indicate the level of safety risk associated with each.