Black Lives Matter Resources

Writers & Books stands with the Black Lives Matter movement. Below please find links to resources our staff has been gathering, organized by category. To add to this list, please email chrisf@wab.org. We welcome your input!

Education

Spotify – The audiobook version of Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning is now available for free on Spotify.

The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB) – Resources for individuals and organizations to learn more about undoing racism.

Ahead of the Curve – Resources on equity and inclusion.

YouTube – Full documentary about the U.S. prison system and on how racial inequality contributes.

Verso – Free eBook of Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter edited by Jordan T. Camp and Christina Heatherton

Verso – Free eBook of The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale.

Verso– Free eBook of Police: A Field Guide by David Correia and Tyler Wall.

New York Times – 1619 Podcast talks about history and the impact slavery has left on the U.S.

NPR – Code Switch, a podcast that investigates race, ethnicity, culture, how this impacts their lives, and how it is shifting.

Crooked Media – Pod Save the People explores news, culture, social justice, and politices with a focus on overlooked stories and topics that often impact people of color.

About Race Podcast – A podcast by Reni-Eddo Lodge, author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, advances the conversation started in that book.

AAPF – Intersectionality Matters! is a podcast that brings intersectionality to life.

Race Forward – Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast discusses stories and strategies for racial justice.

Civil Rights – Pod for the Cause is a podcast that helps spark conversation and activism.

BBC – Witness Black History features interviews with people who were at key moments in Black and Civil Rights history.

Letters for Black Lives – Crowdsourced, multilingual resources which help create an open and honest space for conversations about racial justice and anti-Blackness to occur

Yale University – An open class from Yale that teaches about African American History

USA Today – Lists non-fiction, fiction, and books for children/teens + black-owned bookstores.

Educational Links for Youth

New York Times – Book list to explain racism and protests to your children.

Colours of Us – Book list to explain racism and protests to your children, seperated by grade level.

Common Sense Media – List of children and YA books written by Black authors which show an appreciation for African American culture and universal human values.

New York Times – List of anti-racist books recommended by BIPOC teachers and librarians.

New York Public Library – A list of essential Black liberation reads.

Support

Black Lives Matter – Support your local chapter of Black Lives Matter.

Color of Change – Active petitions and campaigns.

The Movement for Black Lives – Virtual resources, mutual aid information, and more.

Campaign Zero – Opportunities and resources for policy solutions.

Rewire – Concrete ways to be helpful from near or far.

Arts Focused

African American Literature Book Club – Black Owned Bookstores in the United States.

We Need Diverse Books – An institution that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

The Free Black Women’s Library – A mobile library dedicated to centering & celebrating the art, writing & lives of Black women.

Black Art Futures Fund – A collective of emerging philanthropists promoting the elevation and preservation of Black arts & culture.

The Adroit Journal – Interview with John Murillo, a poet who has themes of racial injustice in his works

Poetry Foundation – Frederick Douglass by Robert Hayden, a poem.

Institutions

Unicorn Riot – Non-profit media organization of artists and journalists.

Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) – Provides legal assistance to innocent death row prisoners, confront abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aid children prosecuted as adults.

Coalition of Communities of Color – Advancing racial justice through cross-cultural collective action.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – The Schomburg Society is made up of donors who are passionate about our mission celebrate and preserve Black culture and history.

Million Artist Movement – A global movement and vision that focuses on the role of art in the campaign to dismantle oppressive racist systems against Black, Brown, Indigenous, and disenfranchised peoples.

Soul Fire Farm – A BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) centered community farm committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system.

Innocence Project – Exonerates people who have been wrongfully convicted and works to amend to the justice system.

Mental Wellness & Mindfulness

Black Mental Wellness – Resources about mental health and behavioral health topics from a Black perspective, to highlight and increase the diversity of mental health professionals, and to decrease the mental health stigma in the Black community.

The Loveland Foundation – Provides mental health services to people of color, primarily Black girls and women.

FFBWW – Works on supporting Black women’s health and quality of life.

The Unplug Collective – A space where Black and Brown womxn and non-binary people can safely share their stories.

BEAM – A collective of people working to support the emotional/mental health and healing of Black communities.

Black Women for Wellness – Committed to healing, supporting, and educating Black women and girls.

Addiction Resource – A guide on the disparities that communities of color face when they seek medical attention, specifically substance use treatment.

Color of Change – Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization.

Black LGBTQ+ specific

The Okra Project – Provides free, healthy meals for Black trans individuals who are experiencing food insecurity.

Marsha P. Johnson Institute – Protects and defends the rights of Black trans people.

For the Gworls – Works to provide housing and gender-affirming surgery for Black transgender individuals.

Transgender Law Center – Focus on supporting transgender and gender nonconfirming people through legal expertise and a commitment to racial justice.

Black Trans Travel Fund – A mutual-aid project that uplifts the narratives and supports the lives of Black transwomen.

BQI Collective – Striving to create a world where Black LGBTQ+ people can thrive.

Black Transmen – A national non-profit that works on advocating for Black transmen.

BYP100 (Black Youth Project 100) – A member-based organization of Black youth activists creating justice and freedom for all Black people, through a black, queer, feminist lens.

The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) – A healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color.

Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative – Working to build a black trans futurist framework for practical abolition as the way to liberation.

Bail Funds

Act Blue Community Bail Funds – Split a donation between 70+ community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organizers.

Directory of National Bail Funds by state – Over sixty community bail and bond funds across the country.

The Bail Project – Bail funds to support protesters.