#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation's mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
Increase Black voter registration and turnout.
The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) formed in December of 2014, was created as a space for Black organizations across the country to debate and discuss the current political conditions, develop shared assessments of what political interventions were necessary in order to achieve key policy, cultural and political wins, convene organizational leadership in order to debate and co-create a shared movement wide strategy
Resource Guides and Articles
"This guide is intended to provide general information about anti-oppression, diversity, and inclusion as well as information and resources."
Commentary article from Southern Poverty Law Center.
BLM Statistics, maps, and Images compiled by Wellesley College Library
#blacklivesmatter library, teaching, activism, and community resource list created by Que(e)ry.
"Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole."
The Free Black Women's Library, is an interactive Black Feminist mobile trading library and interactive biblio installation that features a collection of 2000 books written by Black women. The library is committed to centering and celebrating the voices of Black Women in literature.
Just Healing's intention is to assist communities who are rising up and fighting back against anti-Black state and state-sanctioned violence to care for themselves, move through grief, heal from trauma, and attend to their emotional and physical safety in protest spaces.
Offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level - in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large
"This is a working document for scaffolding anti-racism resources. The goal is to facilitate growth for white folks to become allies, and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work. These resources have been ordered in an attempt to make them more accessible. We will continue to add resources." Document created by: Anna Stamborski, M. Div Candidate (2022),
Nikki Zimmermann, M. Div candidate (2021), and
Bailie Gregory, M. Div, M.S. Ed.
Talking About Race (National Museum of African American History & Culture)
By teaching about the historical foundations of race and its role within political and social structures, educators can help students better understand how race affects their own lives.
Educational materials and recommended booklists on race, equity, anti-racism, and inclusion from We Need Diverse Books, a 501(c)(3) non-profit and grassroots organization advocating for needed changes in the publishing industry.
Lesson Plans & Syllabi
Professor Frank Leon Roberts (NYU) is the Founder of Black Lives Matter Syllabus, a public educational curriculum that provides resources for teaching BLM in classroom and community settings.
Lesson plan from Anti-Defamation League (ADL) geared to high-school aged students.
This micro-syllabus brings together a broad collection of readings about the Black Lives Matter Movement, police violence, and subsequent Black political responses. The syllabus includes discussions about the origins of Black Lives Matter and how this movement fits in the story of American Political Development. Additionally, this collection provides insight into how the public has responded to the shootings of unarmed African Americans and Black Lives Matter protests. Scholarly articles freely accessible until August 31, 2020.
List of readings compiled by the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) that educators can use to broach conversations in the classroom about the horrendous events that unfolded in Charleston, South Carolina on the evening of June 17, 2015. These readings provide valuable information about the history of racial violence in this country and contextualize the history of race relations in South Carolina and the United States in general. They also offer insights on race, racial identities, global white supremacy and Black resistance. All readings are arranged by date of publication.
Topics in this syllabus include racial protests, justice movements, racial power, and racial justice history. All journal articles and issues in this syllabus are freely available online until September 30, 2020.