#BlackLivesMatter Resources

#BlackLivesMatter Resources

Black Lives Matter, began as a hashtag (#BlackLivesMatter) in July 2013 after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin (an unarmed black teenager killed in Florida). 

Black people in America have always fought for equality and advancement, but it became clear that another social justice movement was necessary. Just one year after the murder of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner (Staten Island, NY) and Michael Brown (Ferguson, MO) were murdered by officers, and none of the officers involved were indicted. A verdict that most black people are used to, but with the help of social media the rest of the world got to see first hand how the justice system was not designed to bring justice to black folks.

And now six years later the devil has come knocking on my own doorstep... 

"On June 16th, 2020, my little brother Jamal Williams was shot in the head by a hospital security guard (retired police officer). Due to the tragic killings of black men across the country, he became depressed and suffered a nervous breakdown. In an effort to help him cope, my family took him to Munster Hospital where we believed medical professionals would give him the help he needed. Instead, my brother's life was taken by an overzealous security guard who started shooting everywhere killing my brother. To add insult to injury the news media and police officers wrongfully accused my brother of killing a security guard before retracting the statement after they smeared his name and discovered that the hospital's security guard in fact killed his own partner.  My brother went to the hospital to get mental help. He left out in a body bag riddled with bullets. His life mattered."

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Me and Jamal - Life In Color 2015 (Jamal's first rave)
Today the wrongful killing of black people, men especially are still alive and well. And with the recent slayings of Ahmad Abery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd it seems the world is finally starting to care about black people and support the Black Lives Matter Movement. 

Provided below are resources to petitions, places for donation, community restoration organizations, and educational resources to get in the know about what is and has been happening to black people in America.

The time for change is now and there are many ways to help the movement and make sure that justice is served for victims and families of police brutality and systemic racism. 

We all deserve Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect and it is time that we ALL join the fight.

 

@melaninravebae, @givemeplur, @rirayyy_

 

Call Political Representatives:

Phone Directory for House of Representatives (Find your Representatives Here)

U.S. Capitol Switchboard (to contact your Senator): +1(202)224-3121 (Find your Senator)

 

Current Petitions:

Justice for Jamal Williams

Justice for Breonna Taylor

Georgia Hate Crime Bill (Ahmaud Arbery)

Hands-Up Act 

Justice for Tony McDade

Justice for Ahmaud Arbery 

Justice for Rayshard Brooks

Black Lives Matter Movement

Make the KKK Illegal

Justice for Tamla Horsford

More petitions to sign here and here

 Black Ravers

@kierakira via @melaninravers

 

Places to Donate & Support:

With every purchase of our BLM Tee and BLM Face Mask, 30% of the proceeds will go to a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting the black communities in Chicago.

 

Jamal Williams Memorial Fund

Community Support for Robert Fuller 

Rayshard Brooks Memorial Fund

George Floyd Memorial Fund

I Run With Maud

David McAtee Memorial Fund

Black Lives Matter

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

National Bail Fund Network

National Police Accountability Project

Know Your Rights Camp

Stand Up To Racism UK

SBO -  Support Black Owned

Black Owned Business Directory

Black Visions Collective

The Okra Project

Masha P. Johnson Institute 

LGBTQ Bail Fund

 

Black Raver at festival 

@kinggzachh_

 

Community Restoration Funds:

My Block My Hood My City (Chicago)

West Broadway Business & Area Coalition (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Mutual Aid Hub (To find causes in your city) 

Reclaim The Block (Minneapolis) 

 

 

@valerie.abena via @melaninravers

 

Educational Resources:

Movies:

All Day And A Night (2020)

 

Blindspotting (2018) *free on iTunes right now

2017

Get Out

Mudbound

  

2014

Dear White People 

Imperial Dreams

 

2013

12 Years a Slave

Fruitvale Station 

 

DJango Unchained (2012)

The Help (2011)

For Colored Girls (2010)

Cadillac Records (2008)

Freedom Writers (2007)

The Pursuit of Happiness (2006)

Ray (2004)

American History X (1998) 

 

1997

Rosewood 

Amistad

 

A Time To Kill (1996)

 

1992

Malcolm X

Juice

 

Boyz n' The Hood (1991)

Do The Right Thing (1989)

School Daze (1988)

Native Son (1986)

The Color Purple (1985)

Roots (1977)

Cooley High (1975)

 

1974

Claudine

Boss Nigger

 

A Raisin in the Sun (1961) 

 

 

@tokenlaw_

 

TV Shows:

2020

Self Made (Limited Series)

#BlackAF

 

2019

When They See Us (Limited Series)

When They See Us Now

Dear White People 

Pose

Mixed-ish

 

Roots (2016)

Black-ish (2014)

Chappelle Show (2003)

The Cosby Show (1984)

What's Happening!! (1976)

 

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@porschahaha 

 

Documentaries:

Who Killed Malcolm X? (2020)

 

2018

Crime + Punishment

America to Me

They Gotta Have Us

 

2017

Time: The Kalief Browder Story

Tell Them We Are Rising 

Strong Island 

LA 92 

Let It Fall

Africa's Great Civilization

The Death And Life of Martha P. Johnson

Teach Us All

 

2016

13th by Ava DuVernay 

I Am Not Your Negro 

Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement Documentary

Maya Angelou And Still I Rise

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

Black Panthers Vanguard of The Revolution

 

What Happened, To Miss Simone? (2015)

 

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown (2014)

 

2013

The African American: Many Rivers to Cross

Anita

 

2012

The House I Live In

Slavery By Another Name

Free Angela

 

2011

The Black Power Mixtape

Hidden Colors

 

Freedom Riders (2010)

Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans (2008)

500 Years Later  (2005)

 

2004

Unforgivable Blackness

Chisholm 72'

 

2003

Nat Turner A Troublesome Party

February One: The Story of The Greensboro Four

 

4 Little Girls (1997)

Muhammad Ali: The Greatest (1977)

Nine from Little Rock (1964)

The Negro Soldier (1944)

 

 

@mi_momments and @itsravingtony

 

YouTube: 

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Books:

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Slavery By Another Name

How to be Anti-Racist

White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism

Lies My Teacher Told Me

The Hate U Give 

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle 

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

The Delectable Negro

The Burning: Massacre, Destruction, and The Tulsa Riot of 1921

Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street's First Black Millionaire

Before The Mayflower

They Came Before Columbus

The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality

Christopher Columbus and the Afrikan Holocaust: Slavery and the Rise of European Capitalism

The Destruction of Black Civilization

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

Nutricide: The Nutritional Destruction of the Black Race 

Christianity Before Christ

Medical Apartheid

The War Against Children of Color: Psychiatry Targets Inner City Youth

Seeing Patients: A Surgeon’s Story of Race and Medical Bias, With a New Preface 

Drugs as Weapons Against Us: The CIA's Murderous Targeting of SDS, Panthers, Hendrix, Lennon, Cobain, Tupac, and Other Activists

African Holistic Health: Your True Source for Holistic Health

The Science and the Myth of Melanin: Exposing the Truths

The New Jim Crow

A History of Egypt

The Mis-Education of The Negro

Assata: An Autobiography

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

The Souls of Black Folk 

The Man-Not

Black Skin White Masks

No Disrespect

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance--A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power

Women, Race, & Class

Black Privilege

Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Survived Slavery and Became Millionaires

The Star of Deep Beginnings

Black Pioneers of Science and Invention

Our Black Year

Between The World and Me

The Color of Money

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

The Black West

Standing Up Against Hate: How Black Women in the Army Helped Change the Course of WWII 

Bloods: Black Veterans of the Vietnam War: An Oral History

I Am Not Your Negro

Race Matters, 25th Anniversary: With a New Introduction

The Willie Lynch Letter and the Making of a Slave

The Religious Instruction of the Negroes in the United States

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

White Privilege and Black Rights: The Injustice of U.S. Police Racial Profiling and Homicide

Things That Make White People Uncomfortable 

So You Want to Talk About Race

The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors

When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America

White Rage

The Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness: Eurocentric History, Psychiatry and the Politics of White Supremacy (Awis Lecture Series)

Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America

 

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@mr.wigfall96 @yungpicaxxo via @melaninravers

Articles:

How Black Lives Matter Changed the Way Americans Fight for Freedom 

Why The US Needs the Black Lives Matter Movement

Herstory of Black Lives Matter 

White Woman Tears

 

@desiswaan

 

Podcasts:

The Hughley Truth

Corey Holcomb 5150 Show

TheZoWhatShow

Justice In America

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Pages to Follow:
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This list is long for a reason and will be updated and added to for years to come. If we missed any important organizations, educational resources, or if you would like us to add another category please leave a comment below and we will gladly update it. 


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