THIS WORK IS PROTEST WORK
Sometimes we march in the streets.
Sometimes we feed the homeless.
Sometimes we provide community programing for children and families.
Sometimes we read and learn about our history so we can march and feed and provide even better.
Protest work is collective and we all have our part in it. My protest may not look like your protest; but when we take action to change the injustices we see, we have to do the actions we can. The prolific speaker and author Toni Morrison said, " correct what you can; learn from what you can't." My protest is to learn, grow, teach, and correct what I can.
THE GOAL OF BLACK AND BOOKISH IS TO SHOW THAT INDIVIDUALS WHO IDENTIFY AS BLACK ARE NOT A MONOLITH.
We are as complex as any group of people, regardless of how we are portrayed in movies and in the media. We are a diverse group of souls with a shared history of violence and racism. We deserve equality in all aspects of our life.
My protest work is INCLUSIVE.
My liberation work is for the benefit all.
I'm a complete and whole person, and my content will reflect that. The life of a black women, MY LIFE, is inherently political and I write about those things that most affect me. My philosophy is Womanist in nature and my activism is rooted in equality and libration. My content will always reflect the fight against racism, homophobia, transphobia, and misogyny.
This is Just A Starting Point
Individuals of Note
Books For Understanding RACIAL InJUSTICE
- So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
HISTORY Books FOR CHILDREN
- Black Lives Matter
- The Poor People's Campaign
- Equal Justice Initiative (An organization dedicated to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment, while fighting for human rights through racial justice and equality)
- Citizenship and Social Justice (Dedicated to social justice and civic engagement, it's the personal website of educator and writer Jon Greenberg.)
- African American Intellectual History Society
- INCITE! ("a nation-wide network of radical feminists of color working to end violence against women, gender non-conforming, and trans people of color, and our communities.")
- RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, based in Texas, gives free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children, families, and refugees in Texas.)
Ways to Combat White Supremacy (Race and Racism)
- 7 Things Black People Want Their Well-Meaning White Friends to Know
- Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to Charleston
One Powerful Way to Institutionalize Racial Justice in Our Schools (Hint: It's more Ethinic Studies Classes)
Decolonize Your Reading
- It's Time to Diversify and Decolonise Our Schools' Reading Lists
- Decolonizing Black Intellectualism: How society’s ideas around knowledge leave some Black people behind
- 1000 Black Girl Books (a resource guide lead by Marley Dias)
- The Lemonade Syllabus (A list of books, movies, and music to understand the lives of Black women)
- A Seat at the Table Syllabus (Centering young Black women, this collection features books, music, art, and interviews. Complied by the Anne Julia Cooper Center.)
- The Black Panther Syllabus (The Civil Rights Organization and the Black Power Movement)
- The Black Panther Syllabus (The 2018 Marvel Movie)
I know this list is far from complete. It is a work in progress.
Have a suggestion to add to my #Resist list?
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