In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to share some of our favorite resources, tools, organizations and events to further engagement in anti-racism, active allyship, and self-education around the heritage and history of Black Americans. To view our resources published in June 2020, see here. To learn more about our ongoing commitments to anti-racist practices, click here.
Our self-education and personal efforts towards dismantling white supremacy include an extensive reading list. See some of our favorite books below, and be sure to find these titles at a Black-owned bookstore in your area.
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates // A compilation of eight essays by author Ta-Nehisi Coates, all published between 2008 and 2016 during Obama’s presidency. These essays -- with additional new forewords for each -- discuss topics such as reparations, mass incarceration, the long-term impact of the Civil War, Malcolm X, and our first Black president with incredible depth and perspective.
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison // The first novel by one of our favorite authors, Toni Morrison, this book -- first published in 1970 -- is the story of a young Black girl growing up in post-Great Depression era Ohio, and is a stark look at white supremacist social and beauty standards of the time.
Change Sings by Amanda Gorman // Preorder this collection by the incredible (and 22 year old!) inaugural poet Amanda Gorman from Reparations Club -- a Black- and female-owned bookstore and creative space here in Los Angeles.
Click here to find a Black-owned bookstore to order from in your state.
Love is the Message, the Message is Death by Arthur Jafa // Watch artist Arthur Jafa and writer Greg Tate discuss Jafa’s video art installation, Love is the Message, the Message is Death, shot by shot. 7 minutes and 30 seconds in length, Jafa’s piece creates an emotional montage of scenes of Black life in America -- representations of artists, athletes, activists, and politicians, all juxtaposed against events of horrific injustice and transcendent joy.
Freedom Riders // This 2010 documentary by Stanley Nelson tells the story of 400 Black and white activists -- including the late leader John Lewis -- in 1961 who dared to desegregate buses and trains in the South and travel together, enduring arrests, imprisonment, and brutality.
Slavery By Another Name // A 2012 look at how the brutal conditions forced upon enslaved peoples did not end with the Emancipation Proclamation, but simply transformed to forced, free, and shockingly vicious labor under a different name.
LA 92 // A documentary centered around the 1992 protests and demonstrations in Los Angeles after the acquittal of the four white police officers who brutally beat Rodney King.
All In: The Fight for Democracy // This documentary -- by two women-identifying filmmakers -- explores the history of voter suppression, including constitutional amendments, the significance of the Voting Rights Act, and key moments in the Civil Rights Movement. A major figure in this documentary is Stacey Abrams and her fight against voter suppression tactics in Georgia -- just nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, the footage of Abrams on the gubernatorial campaign trail in 2018 and in Washington, DC as a 19-year old speaker is incredibly inspiring.
These are just a few of the amazing organizations that we follow, donate to, and engage with! Many host live events and opportunities for more education and active participation.
Hammonds House Museum // The Black-owned Hammonds House Museum hosts many online events for free -- including poetry readings and jazz concerts!
The Loveland Foundation // Donate and follow The Loveland Foundation! Established by activist and writer Rachel Cargle two years ago, this foundation aims to bring mental health resources and access to therapy and support to Black women and girls.
BLM LA // Almost every week, BLM LA hosts Facebook Live events, discussing topics from the new administration and what they mean for racial justice to countering the latest rise of white supremacist groups in the US. This month, BLM is hosting daily information on Black history.
The National Council // The National Council seeks to end the incarceration of women and girls by building coalitions and initiatives.
Showing Up for Racial Justice // With chapters all around the country, this org is working to dismantle white supremacy by enlisting those who benefit from white privilege to show up for the fight for racial justice.
Anti-Racism Daily // This account is hosting a 28-day email program for Black History Month that will include works by Black changemakers and their historical significance -- donations suggested, but it’s free for all who subscribe.
Two eye-opening podcasts that discuss race, history, and both the global and national politics that have a lasting impact on us all.
Floodlines by the Atlantic // https://www.theatlantic.com/podcasts/floodlines/ An incredible podcast featuring people who lived through Hurricane Katrina and witnessed the government’s inept response to aid.
Throughline by NPR // Hosted by Ramtin Arablouei and Rund Abdelfatah, Throughline is a weekly podcast that gives a new perspective each week on a specific current or historical event.
Top image via Carrie Mae Weems