Inspired by the important and insightful resources being shared across the internet to help organise, educate and empower people into action, I have compiled a list of the best resources I have come across.
There is a mixture of US and UK resource collections, and for the visual learners, I have included a list of accounts and sites to explore. Please do let me know your favourite sites and accounts so I can add to the list, and any other tools, visuals or videos that can be added too!
Black Lives Matter
- Black Lives Matter Carrd: A collection of excellent resources, from petition and donation links, to mental health and educational resources on black history and anti-racism. (US)
- PB-Resources: A superb website created by a NYU student with links to the stories of black people killed in recent years, supported by access to podcasts, books, movies, Black Queer and Trans organisations to support and more. (US)
- Black Lives Matter: The Black Lives Matter site has some great resources and toolkits on getting involved in action. (US)
- Black Lives Matter at School: A national coalition working and campaigning for racial justice in education, demanding black history and ethnic studies in schools more black teachers and funding counsellors instead of more police.
- Google doc: A practical to-do list of the actions to take in the UK such as writing to your MP, UK specific petitions and donation links. (UK)
- BLM UK Carrd: Educational resources for UK based people on Black British history and racial injustice. (UK)
- Google Doc: Another great collection of guides, organisations and social accounts to follow. (UK)
- Racial Equity Tools: This site has thousands of educational resources, as well as tools, tips, curricula and ideas “for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level.” (All)
- Resource List and Guide for Beginners: This is a helpful document in guide form to give people a starting point to begin talking, discussing and tackling racism. (All)
- It’s Nice That: The site for creativity has put together a useful list of resources including some very helpful Google Docs, articles to read and the rest! (All)
Detailed lists of reading recommendations are great, but some are visual learners, so here are a few more visual learning tools.
- The Context Project: An account on Instagram providing simple slides on the context of black existence.
- Black Education Matters: A great account with visual resource recommendations and slides to help educate and “affirm & inspire Black youth, diversify curriculum, & educate educators.”
- Zenerations: An account by and for the next generation, displaying cool visuals in their posts to help empower the young change makers. There site is here too!
- Dezeen: An article listing some fantastic graphic designers who have been creating visualisations to convey and spread the message of BLM. Some great artists in this list!
- The Slacktivists: This account is great at explaining complicated issues in a few Instagram slides, and I reccomend checking out their website too.
- So You Want to Talk About: Similar to the above, these guys break down progressive politics and social issues in beautiful, clear slideshows.
- The Shape of Slavery: An impressive short visual history of American oppression in the form of a map, showing the slavery population in the 1800s vs the incarcerated population now.
- Exploring Black Lives Matter in 5 Charts: 5 visuals covering police shootings in America, their criminal justice system and voting rights, as well as a look at the UKs own problem with racial discrepancies in arrest rates.
- Whose Heritage? 153 years of Confederate Iconography: I want to highlight this graphic in particular from the Southern Poverty Law Centre. It shows how racist monuments from the Confederacy were erected mostly during two points in US history: the first in the early 1900s as Southern states were enacting Jim Crow laws to disenfranchise African Americans, and the second during the 1960s Civil Rights era. Really demonstrated how these monuments were literally designed to intimidate African Americans. The full article is a good read too.