Black Lives Matter Movement Resources

George Floyd mural painted by artist Chloe Becky, covers the plywood boards on the shattered storefront of a beauty college in La Mesa.

YNPN San Diego stands in solidarity with the African American/Black community. We are dedicated to educating ourselves and our organizations to become better allies and advocates for equality. We hope these resources will help you, our members, through this learning process. Black Lives Matter.

BlackLivesMatter.comA comprehensive list of organizational resources, chapters, and important updates directly from the leadership of Black Lives Matter (BLM). Content includes virtual seminars and a list of localized organizations endorsed by BLM for donations and support.

Resources for Accountability and Action for Black Lives from Carlisa Johnson - An up-to-date list of BLM-related calls to action for victims of police brutality. Each name includes the contact information for the related public officials in each case, as well as important dates for legal hearings.

To Read/Watch

  • Affirming Black Lives Without Inducing Trauma from Teaching Tolerance - Educators have a responsibility to engage with students about this violence against Black men—and the white supremacist systems that allow it to continue. But they must do so without re-traumatizing Black students and with extra care for their mental health. These resources can help.
  • Antiracist reading list from Ibram X. Kendi - This anti-racist syllabus is for people realizing they were never taught how to be anti-racist. How to treat all the racial groups as equals. How to look at the racial inequity all around and look for the racist policies producing it, and the racist ideas veiling it. This list is for people beginning their anti-racist journey.” - Ibram X. Kendi (author of "How to Be an Antiracist")
  • Let’s Talk! Discussing Whiteness from Teaching Tolerance - Teaching Tolerance presents a four-part webinar series, ‘Let's Talk!’ This series covers a range of critical topics related to the privileges of whiteness that can be difficult to discuss with students and colleagues.
  • Have Nonprofit and Philanthropy Become the “White Moderate” Dr. King Warned Us About? From NonprofitAF - This article addresses a culture of complicity in nonprofits failing to adequately address a culture of white supremacy in the workplace. This conversation includes an address to the abuse of power by white leaders within the nonprofit sector, and a call to recognize and combat the injustices faced by black communities.
  • Overcoming the Racial Bias in Philanthropic Funding from The Stanford Social Innovation Review - This article addresses how racial bias—both personal and institutional, conscious and unconscious—creeps into all parts of the philanthropic and grantmaking process. The result is that nonprofit organizations led by people of color receive less money than those led by whites, and philanthropy ends up reinforcing the very social ills it says it is trying to overcome.
  • Privilege, power, and personal conflicts: The forces preventing change in nonprofits and philanthropy from NonprofitAF - This article lists practical steps that should be taken within each nonprofit to combat racial inequity and injustice. It is a resource for mobilizing the network within a nonprofit for direct action in their communities.
  • Racial Equity in Online Environments Webinar Series from USC’s Center for Urban Education - This webinar session will provide a foundation of understanding to Equity-Mindedness. This webinar will introduce key terms and principles which will guide every webinar in this series
  • Racial Equity Needs to be More Than Philanthropy’s Catchphrase from The Chronicle of Philanthropy - This article addresses the disparity between the nonprofit catchphrase and direct action. The author calls for nonprofits to examine their role in holding both authority and their communities accountable for racial injustice.
  • Racial Trauma and Young People - Why We Can’t Stay Silent from America’s Promise Alliance - A statement from the organization: “As leaders of national youth-supporting organizations, we are committed to working hand-in-hand with communities and young people across the country to address these challenges and their root causes. We know that this work takes time and concerted effort.”
  • Reflections on Trust and its Relationship to Racial Inequity on Nonprofit Boards from Boardsource - Do we truly believe in board diversity, inclusion, and equity as board values, and do we trust that adding more diverse perspectives to our board will enhance the board and lead to more effective decision-making processes and outcomes? This article seeks to hold nonprofit boards accountable to equal representation.
  • Talking about Race provided by National Museum of African American History & Culture - Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. We are here to provide tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation.
  • Teaching about Race, Racism, and Police Violence from Teaching Tolerance - Resources can help spur much-needed discussion around implicit bias and systemic racism, but they can also empower your students to enact the changes that will create a more just society. These resources originated in 2014.
  • The National Museum of African American History and Culture Portal - The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) launched an online portal Sunday that aims to facilitate dialogue about race in the United States. This platform comes as protests over racial violence and police brutality spread rapidly across the country.
  • The Urgent Need for Antiracist Education from Education Week - As educators, we don’t just teach content; we teach life lessons. Here are changes we can make to ensure we are breaking down racist beliefs and systems of white supremacy in our own classrooms. 
  • What Matters from BlackLivesMatter - What Matters combines documentary narrative with interviews to illuminate specific, timely issues, aiming to create safe dialogue to promote freedom, justice, and collective liberation. What Matters is a safe place where we can connect, learn, think freely, and transform the world.

Actionable Items: 

Connect with local chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice 


  • 12 Black Mental-Health and Wellness Resources to Follow on Instagram from Vogue - In addition to educating and empowering the Black community on maternal health and birth equity, Thomas shares tools of consciousness, such as yoga and mediation, to help individuals cope with pain and stress. In the same spirit, meditation expert Light Watkins demonstrates how harnessing the power of mindfulness can be beneficial in fighting against and dealing with the emotional trauma of racial discrimination.
  • 4 Self-Care Resources for Days when the World is Terrible from Colorlines - It seems like the bad news just keeps coming. Here are some self-care resources to keep you going when the trauma won’t stop.
  • Black Lives Matter Meditations from Dr. Candice Nicole - As a counseling psychologist, a healer, and a Black woman with a love ethic to my activism, this project is one of my contributions to the Movement for Black Lives.
  • How #Squadcare Saved My Life from Elle - This week, scholars at Wake Forest University go deep on just what that means. Here, Melissa Harris-Perry reflects on why self-care has mattered to her life.
  • Self Care for People of Color after Pyschological Trauma from Just Jasmine - Though the work of creating a better racial digital landscape is all of our responsibility and intentional conversations matter, we must be mindful to take good care of ourselves. This space is to help us do just that.
  • Self Care in the Face of Racial Justice from Therapy for Black Girls - During a time when there is so much pain and suffering in our face, and when so many of us are dedicated to fighting injustices, it is especially important to pay attention to taking care of and sharpening our tool, which is our selves. We cannot continue to shut down the highways and transit stations or march against these evils if we do not remember to engage in restorative self care; here are some things to consider.

Other Resource Pages: 

  • Anti-Racism Resources compiled by Californians for the Arts - As a statewide advocacy organization, Californians for the Arts will address the inequities that have led to this chronic state of fear, hate and oppression. We will work to ensure that resources are directed to actions that undo years of economic, social, and cultural disparity in our state and in our country.
  • Race: Are We So Different? Exhibit Information and Resource List provided by San Diego Museum of Man - The Museum of Man is a platform to engage schools and teachers, the general public, and other groups, in feeling, thinking, acting, and reflecting on race and identity, and to raise awareness, build community, and positively impact the ways in which we treat each other.
  • Resources compiled by JopwellIf you are looking for ways to take action against recent events, here are some resources that we believe are valuable to progressing cause and creating actionable change.
  • Resources compiled by Museum Education Roundtable - The Museum Education Roundtable stands alongside those protesting violence against Black people in Minneapolis and around the country. We care for our communities intellectually but also emotionally, socially, and physically. As such, we have a responsibility to address structural injustice, oppression, racism, and abuses of power.
  • Resources for Talking About Race, Racism, and Racialized Violence with Kids from Center for Racial Justice and Education - This document was compiled by the Center for Racial Justice in Education. It is not meant to be exhaustive and will be continually updated as we are made aware of more resources.
  • Scaffolded Anti-Racism ResourcesThis 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.

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