Greetings! Enclosed you will find a list of Black Lives Matter resources: 35 coping strategies for trauma, mental health resources, community resources, Racial Trauma and Self-Care in Tragedy, and a Reading List/Book Recommendations. Please connect with us to add resources to this list. Thank you for visiting and sharing these resources.
Black Lives Matter: Racial Trauma & Resilience: 35 Coping Strategies for Trauma
- It’s ok to feel all of your feelings.
- Take a break. Take a nap. “Call in Black” or take a “sick day” from work or household/childcare responsibilities.
- Do what you can to ground yourself. Learn about “grounding”.
- Take long, deep breaths in order to re-center your mind and body.
- Listen to music. Try this healing music playlist by Black Girl In Om
- Practice Gratitude. Recall 1 thing you are grateful for each day to refocus your mind on good. Read about the benefits of a gratitude journal.
- Practice Spiritual rituals. Pray. Meditate.
- Check-in with yourself to identify your feelings each day. Say, “Today I am feeling ____(sad, mad, melancholy, irritable, etc)”. Journal your feelings through bullet journaling.
- Check-in with family, friends and neighbors to ensure they are ok.
- Practice yoga or zumba or dance or tai chi or karate. Move your body.
- Take a day off of all social media. Limit your news and videos of violence (it’s “pain porn” and “murder porn”).
- Find safe spaces for you, where Black and Brown people are valued, loved and respected.
- Practice self-care. Be creative! Create art. Draw, sing, write poems, perform spoken word, create music lyrics/beats. Listen to sound therapy. Listen to drums or musical instruments. Play a musical instrument.
- Educate yourself/Bibliotherapy on mental health, therapy, racism, oppression, mass movements, empowerment, social justice.
- Organize. Strategize.
- Join live zoom calls/watch videos on coping skills and social justice initiatives. Connect with people on social media or phone/text.
- Listen to youtube videos on positive affirmations.
- Register to vote. Then vote in the elections to choose politicians who stand for issues that concern you.
- Join the fight. Protest. Effect change where you are/ Get involved in politics/complete petitions. Write your politicians.
- Join organizations that support social justice.
- Donate to organizations and causes that support social justice.
- Serve others. Volunteer. Remain safe by wearing your protective gear (masks and gloves).
- Complete your Census form. Funding is set by the number of people counted on the census.
- Educate others on systemic racism, bias, privilege, if you choose.
- Discuss current events with others, if this does not trigger you.
- Utilize glitter calming jars
- Find a mental health therapist. (www.therapyforblackgirls.com www.therapyforblackmen.org www.psychologytoday.com or free therapy through your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at your job or call the free 24/7 hotline 800-273-8255 for mental health crisis & stress in order to speak with a licensed therapist). Process your thoughts & feelings in talk therapy or art therapy or play therapy or group therapy or family therapy.
- Participate in healing circles or emotional emancipation circles or engage in restorative practices.
- Find outlets to RELEASE: dancing, boxing, venting, exercising, stretching.
- Follow people and organizations on social media/news that you trust for information.
- Listen to podcasts, news outlets and leaders that advocate for social justice such as: Roland Martin, TJMS.com, CNN
- Tapping to neutralize Trauma
- Get involved in the school system, attend or join the school board meetings and guest teach during Black History month and at other times throughout the school year.
- Watch social justice movies and have discussions with your children/family/friends. Watch video on intergenerational trauma https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlqx8EYvRbQ
- Read books from our reading list below (scroll all the way to the bottom) such as: My Grandmother’s Hand: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem
CONNECT TO MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
- EAP-Employee Assistance Program (3-10 free therapy sessions)
- NAMI-National Alliance on Mental Illness (support groups for people and family, free mental health resources) nami.org
- ywca.org Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women (to discuss any traumas that you may be experiencing)
- Call national crisis line 800-273-8255 for any mental health concerns (depression, anxiety, stress), suicidal or homicidal feelings
- Text HOME to 741741 to chat/text with a licensed therapist, if you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed
CONNECT TO COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Call 311 or dial 0 for the operator to connect with community resources (housing, food, etc) in your community or visit Greater Chicago Food Depository or the Atlanta Community Food Bank for food pantries and soup kitchens.
To apply for Unemployment call 1-844-872-4681 or visit https://www.usa.gov/unemployment
https://www.courtinnovation.org/ We are committed to anti-racism and fighting racism in all forms (located in NYC but advocates for the U.S.).
Mental Health Related Articles
Racial Trauma and Self-Care in Tragedy
In light of recent events, please find resources regarding help for racial and LGBTQ trauma and related issues:
Tips For Self-Care: When Police Brutality Has You Questioning Humanity and Social Media Is Enough
Emotionally Restorative Self-Care for People of Color
The Road to Resilience
9 things you can do to help end racism
101 Ways to Take Care of Yourself when the World Feels Overwhelming: http://www.upworthy.com/101-self-care-suggestions-for-when-it-all-feels-like-too-much?c=ufb2
Psychological Toll of Racism: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/24/magazine/racisms-psychological-toll.html
Psychological Impact of Traumatic News: http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2015/07/02/419462959/coping-while-black-a-season-of-traumatic-news-takes-a-psychological-toll
Impact of Racial Trauma on African Americans: http://www.heinz.org/userfiles/impactofracialtraumaonafricanamericans.pdf
Advice for White Individuals Following a Shooting of a Black Individual: http://www.justinccohen.com/blog/2016/7/6/advice-for-white-folks-in-the-wake-of-the-police-murder-of-a-black-person
Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism: http://citizenshipandsocialjustice.com/2015/07/10/curriculum-for-white-americans-to-educate-themselves-on-race-and-racism/
How White People can be Allies: http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/08/ferguson_how_white_people_can_be_allies/
Teaching and Discussion resources about Ferguson, Black Lives Matter, Racism: http://www.div17.org/resources/ferguson-mo-michael-brown-decision-resources/
Teaching about Ferguson, Do’s and Don’ts: http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/09/teaching_about_ferguson_do_s_and_don_ts/
Hope to cope after a mass shooting
Responding to the tragedy in Orlando: Helpful resources for LGBTQ people and allies
Recovering emotionally from disaster
In the wake of the Orlando massacre: 7 ways I take care of myself during depressive episodes:
13 soothing books to read when everything hurts:
Tips to support individual and community healing:
4 self-care tips after the Pulse tragedy:
Reading List/Book Recommendations by Principal Kafele
Black Man of the Nile – Yosef ben-Jochannan
Introduction to African Civilizations – John G. Jackson
The African Origins of Civilization – Cheik Anta Diop
The Cultural Unity of Black Africa – Cheik Anta Diop
Stolen Legacy – George G. M. James
Destruction of Black Civilization – Chancellor Williams
World’s Great Men of Color, Vols. I and II – J. A. Rogers
Sex and Race, Vols. I-III – J. A. Rogers
Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization – Anthony T. Browder
Nile Valley Civilizations – Ivan Van Sertima
African American History
Before the Mayflower – Lerone Bennett, Jr.
From Slavery to Freedom – John Hope Franklin
Notes For An African World Revolution – John Henrik Clarke
African American History: A Journey to Liberation – Molefi K. Asante
How Europe Underdeveloped Africa – Walter Rodney
They Came Before Columbus – Ivan Van Sertima
Blacks in Science – Ivan Van Sertima
Black Inventors of America – McKinley Burt, Jr.
Great Negroes: Past and Present – Russell Adams
Introduction to Black Studies – Maulana Karenga
What They Never Told You in History Class – Kush
The Black Holocaust for Beginners – Sam Anderson
Peculiar Institution – Kenneth Stampp
Africa’s Gift to America – J. A. Rogers
Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey – Amy Jacques Garvey
Marcus Garvey, Hero – Tony Martin
Marcus Garvey and the Vision of Africa – John Henrik Clarke
Up From Slavery – Booker T. Washington
Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – Frederick Douglass
Harriet Tubman – Ann Petry
Autobiography of W. E. B. DuBois
Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley
Malcolm X Speaks – George Brietman
Malcolm X, The Man and His Times – John Henrik Clarke
King, A Biography – David Lewis
African American Education:
Miseducation of the Negro – Carter G. Woodson
Afrocentricity – Molefi Kete Asante
Black Students Guide to Positive Education – Zak Kondo
Issues in African American Education – Walter Gill
For the Children – Madeline Cartwright
Africa Counts – Claudia Zaslavsky
SBA: The Reawakening of the African Mind – Asa G. Hilliard III
Maroons Within Us – Asa G. Hilliard III
Young, Gifted and Black – Asa G. Hilliard III, Theresa Perry, Claude Steele
Infusion of African and African American Content in the School Curriculum – Asa G. Hilliard III, Lucretia Payton-Stewart, Larry Obadele Williams
The Failure of Public Education in the Black Community – Anyim Palmer
The Crisis and Challenge of Black Mis-Education in America – Gyasi A. Foluke
African-Centered Schooling in Theory and Practice – Diane S. Pollard
The Education of Black People – W.E.B. DuBois and Herbert Aptheker
Going to School: the African American Experience – Kofi Lomotey
Nationbuilding: Theory and practice in Afrikan-centered education – Kwame Agyei Akoto
Too Much Schooling, Too Little Education – Mwalimu J. Shujaa
Sailing Against the Wind: African Americans and Women in U.S. Education – Kofi Lometey
Educating Our Black Children: New Directions and Radical Approaches – Richard Majors
Unbank the Fire: Visions for the Education of African American Children – Janice E. Hale
The White Architects of Black Education: Ideology and Power in America, 1865-1954 – William H. Watkins
Improving Schools for African American Students: A Reader for Educational Leaders – Sheryl Denbo
Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior – Marimba Ani
African-Centered Pedagogy:Developing Schools of Achievement for African American Children – Peter C. Murrell, Jr.
Reversing Underachievement Among Gifted Black Students – Donna Y. Ford
Center Shift: An African-Centered Approach for the Multi-Cultural Curriculum – Joan D. Ratteray
Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria – Beverly Daniel Tatum
Learning to Survive: Black Youth Look for Education and Hope – Atron A. Gentry
A Black Parent’s Handbook to Educating Your Children (Outside of the Classroom) – Baruti K. Kafele
Teaching African American Children:
A Handbook for Teachers of African American Children – Baruti K. Kafele
A Talk With Jawanza – Jawanza Kunjufu
Black Students/Middle Class Teachers – Jawanza Kunjufu
Black Children – Janice Hale
Learning While Black – Janice Hale
Marva Collins Way – Marva Collins
Ordinary Children/Extraordinary Teachers – Marva Collins
I Choose To Stay – Salome Thomas-El
Black Teachers on Teaching – Michele Foster
From Rage to Hope: Strategies for Reclaiming Black and Hispanic Students – Crystal Kuykendall
African-Centered Interdisciplinary Multi Level Hands-On Science – Bernida Thompson
Positive Afrikan Images for Children (Social Studies Curriculum) – Red Sea Press
African American Children: A Self-Empowering Approach to Modifying Behavior Problems and Preventing Academic Failure – Carolyn M. Tucker
Heritage – Joyce Jarrett
How to Teach Math to Black Students – Shahid Muhammad
Motivating / Inspiring African American Children:
Awakening the Natural Genius of Black Children – Amos N. Wilson
Developing Positive Self-Images and Discipline in Black Children – Jawanza Kunjufu
To Be Popular or Smart: The Black Peer Group – Jawanza Kunjufu
Motivating and Preparing Black Youth for Success – Jawanza Kunjufu
Harvesting New Generations: The Positive Development of Black Youth – Useni E. Perkins
Doing It My Way: Decision-Making for College Students – Matt Stevens
Doing It My Way: A Decision-Making Workbook for Today’s Youth – Matt Stevens
Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflicts in the Classroom – Lisa Delpit
Culturally Responsive Teaching – Geneva Gay
Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children – Gloria Ladson-Billings
Do You Know Enough About Me to Teach Me? A Student’s Perspective – Stephen G. Peters
All books written by:
Dr. Anthony Muhammad
Dr. Chike Akua
Dr. William “Flip” Clay
Dr. Chris Emden
Dr. Donna Ford
Connecting With African American Males:
Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life – Baruti K. Kafele
Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys, Vols. I-IV – Jawanza Kunjufu
Keeping Black Boys Out of Special Education – Jawanza Kunjufu
Raising Black Boys – Jawanza Kunjufu
State of Emergency: We Must Save African American Males – Jawanza Kunjufu
Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males: Closing the Achievement Gap – Alfred W.Tatum
Bringing the Black Boy to Manhood: The Hare Plan – Nathan and Julia Hare
Educating African American Males: Detroit’s Malcolm X Academy Solution – Clifford Watson & Geneva Smitherman
Educating African American Males: Voices From the Field – Edited by Olatokunbo S. Fashola
Educating Black Males: Critical Lessons in Schooling, Community and Power – Ronnie Hopkins
Coming of Age – Paul Hill
African American Males in School and Society – Vernon C. Polite
Practical Application of Social Learning Theories in Educating Young African American Males – George R. Taylor
Curriculum Strategies: Social Skills Intervention for Young African Males – George R. Taylor
Kill Them Before They Grow: The Misdiagnosis of African American Boys in America’s Classrooms – Michael Porter
The Trouble with Black Boys – Pedro A. Noguera
Wake Up Young Black Males – Steve Johnson
“Yo, Little Brother…”: Basic Rules of Survival for Young African American Males – Anthony Davis & Jeffrey Jackson
The Warrior Method – Raymond A. Winbush
Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity – Ann Arnett Ferguson
Letters to a Young Brother – Hill Harper
Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Males – Hrabowski, III; Maton & Greif
Young, Black and Male in America: An Endangered Species – Edited by Jewelle Taylor Gibbs
The Estrangement of Black Male Youth From a Teacher’s Perspective – Jerald McNair
Empowering African American Males – Michael Wynn
Teaching, Parenting and Mentoring Successful Black Males – Michael Wynn
African Centered Rites of Passage and Education – Lathardus Goggins II
Developmental Psychology of the Black Child – Amos N. Wilson
Chains and Images of Psychological Slavery – Na’im Akbar
African-Centered Psychology: Cultural Focusing for Multi-Cultural Competence – Daudi Ajani Ya Azibo
Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder – Omar Reid, Sekou Mims, Larry Higginbottom
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome – Joy DeGruy Leary
1. Your History: From the Beginning of Time to Present By J.A. Rogers
2. African People in World History By John Henrik Clarke
3. Africa: Mother of Civilization By Yosef be-Jochannon
4. Fifty Days on Board a Slave Vessel By Pascoe G. Hill
5. The Origin of Race and Color By Martin R. Delany
6. 100 Amazing Facts about the Negro with Complete Proof By J.A. Rogers
7. The Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D. By Chancellor Williams
8. From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans By John Hope Franklin
9. The Negro in the Making of AmericaBy Benjamin Quarles
10. Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America (1619-1962) By Lerone Bennett, Jr.
11. Frederick Douglass By Benjamin Quarles
12. Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom By Catherine Clinton
13. In the Matter of Color: Race and the American Legal Process By A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr.
14. David Walker’s Appeal
15. The Militant South, 1800-1861 By John Hope Franklin
16. The Strange Career of Jim Crow By C. Vann Woodward
17. Origins of the New South, 1877–1913 By C. Vann Woodward
18. The Ku Klux Spirit By J.A. Rogers
19. 100 Years of Lynching By Alan Ginzburg
20. At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America By Philip Dray
21. The Autobiography of W.E. B. DuBois
22. Up from Slavery By Booker T. Washington
23. The Soul of Black Folk By W.E. B. DuBois
24. The Guardian of Boston: William Monroe Trotter By Stephen R. Fox
25. Crusader for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells
26. A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching By Paula J.Giddings
27. The Negro in the Civil War By Benjamin Quarles
28. Black Reconstruction By W.E.B. DuBois
29. Black Power U.S.A.: The Human Side of Reconstruction 1867-1877 By Lerone Bennett, Jr.
30. Forced into Glory: Abraham Lincoln’s White Dream By Lerone Bennett, Jr.
31. The Mis-Education of the Negro By Carter G. Woodson
32. Mary McLeod Bethune: Building a Better World: Essays and Selected Documents Edited by Audrey Thomas McCluskey and Elaine M. Smith
33. The Philadelphia Negro By W.E. B. DuBois
34. W.E.B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race, 1868-1919 (Winner of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Biography) by David Levering Lewis
35. W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century (Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Biography) by David Levering Lewis
36. The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey Edited by Amy Jacques Garvey
37. The Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers Edited by Robert A. Hill
38. Shades of Freedom By A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr.
39. On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker By A’Lelia Bundles
40. Buffalo Soldiers By Tom Willard
41. Here I Stand By Paul Robeson
42. The Undiscovered Paul Robeson By Paul Robeson, Jr.
43. Paul Robeson: A Biography By Martin Duberman
44. Banneker: The Afro-American Astrologer By Will W. and David Murray
45. Only the Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams By Robert Peterson
46. I Never Had It Made By Jackie Robinson
47. Jackie Robinson: A Biography By Arnold Rampersad
48. A Hard Road to Glory: A History of African-American Athletes (Three Volumes) By Arthur R. Ashe, Jr
49. Stephin Fletchit: The Life and Times of Lincoln Perry By Mel Watkins
50. Fighting for America: Black Soldiers – The Unsung Heroes of World War II By Christopher Paul Moore
51. Go Up for Glory By Bill Russell
52. Born to Rebel: An Autobiography By Benjamin Mays
53. All Deliberate Speed: Reflecting on the First Half Century of Brown v. Board of Education By Charles J. Ogletree, Jr.
54. Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. Edited by James M. Washington
55. An American Death: The True Story of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Greatest Manhunt of Our Time By Gerold Frank
56. Code Name Zorro: The Murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. By Mark Lane and Dick Gregory
57. And the Walls Came Tumbling Down By Ralph David Abernathy
58. Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement By John Lewis
59. An Easy Burden: The Civil Rights Movement and the Transformation of America By Andrew Young, Jr.
60. A Time to Speak, a Time to ACT: The Movement in Politics By Julian Bond
61. To Praise Our Bridges: An Autobiography By Fannie Lou Hamer
62. The Autobiography of Medgar Evers: A Hero’s Life and Legacy Revealed Through His Writings, Letters, and Speeches By Myrlie Evers-Williams
63. In the Struggle: SNCC and Black Awakening in the 1960s By Clayborn Carson
64. SNCC: The New Abolitionists By Howard Zinn
65. Soon We Will Not Cry: The Liberation of Ruby Doris Smith Robinson By Cynthia Griggs Fleming
66. Lay Bare the Heart: An Autobiography of the Civil Rights Movement By James Farmer
67. Militant Mediator: Whitney M. Young, Jr. By Dennis C. Dickerson
68. Vernon Can Read! A Memoir By Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.
69. Sammy Young, Jr.: The FirstBlackCollege Student to Die in the Black Liberation Movement By James Forman
70. Black Power: The Politics of Liberation By Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) and Charles V. Hamilton
71. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.: The Political Biography of an American Dilemma By Charles V. Hamilton
72. Coming of Age in Mississippi By Anne Moody
73. Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., And The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (1987 Pulitzer Prize for Biography) By David J. Garrow
74. Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63 (Pulitzer Prize for History, 1988) By Taylor Branch
75. Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65 By Taylor Branch
76. At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968 By Taylor Branch
77. My Soul is Rested: Movement Days in the Deep South Remembered By Howell Raines
78. The Autobiography of Malcolm X
79. Malcolm X: The FBI File By Clayborne Carson
80. The Muhammad Ali Reader By Gerald Early
81. The COINTELPRO Papers: Documents from the FBI’s Secret Wars Against Dissent in the United StatesBy Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall
82. Lion in the Lobby: Clarence Mitchell Jr.’s Struggle For the Passage of the Civil Rights Laws By Denton L. Watson
83. The Longest Debate:A Legislative History of the 1964 Civil Rights Act By Charles Whalen and Barbara Whalen
84. Protest at Selma: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Voting Rights Act of 1965; By David J. Garrow
85. The Informant: The FBI, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Murder of Viola Liuzzo By Gary May
86. In the Shadow of Selma: The Continuing Struggle for Civil Rights in the Rural South By Cynthia Griggs Fleming
87. Thurgood Marshall: Warrior at the Bar, Rebel on the Bench By Michael D. Davis and Hunter R. Clark
88. My Life With Martin Luther King, Jr. By Coretta Scott King
89. For Us, the Living By Myrlie Evers with William Peters
90. Standing Fast: The Autobiography of Roy Wilkins
91. Jesse Jackson: The Man, The Myth, The Movement By Barbara A. Reynolds
92. The Essence of Fred Hampton Edited by William Hampton, et al.
93. Racial Matters: The FBI’s Secret File on Black America 1960-1972 By Kenneth O’Reilly
94. Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s through the 1980s By Henry Hampton and Steve Fayer
95. Open Wide Freedom’s Gates: A Memoir By Dorothy Height
96. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention By Manning Marable
97. The Black West: A Documentary and Pictorial History By William Loren Katz
98. The Life and Adventures of Nat Love By Nat Love
99. The African American Century: How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Century By Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
100.On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail By Charles E. Cobb, Jr