In order for change to happen, we need to converse and have open dialogues about race and racism. Discussing race and racism can be challenging. Here are a few resources to help you navigate these conversations:
- Talking About Race
- Talking and Thinking About Race
- Race Matters: How to Talk About Race
- 10 Ways to Start a Conversation About Race
There are a number of organizations that are working hard to lead the efforts toward change, but they can’t do it alone.
How to help at the national level
- American Civil Liberties Union
- NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
- Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
- Black Visions Donations
How to help at the regional level
Amplify the voices around you. Use your voice and your platform to condemn racism, injustice, and all forms of prejudice. Use your voice to promote solidarity and compassion.
Here are some voices across the world.
Thoughts. pic.twitter.com/r3UJe9uL5Q— Jeff Caldwell (@caldwell_gk) May 30, 2020
We are BLACK MEN!.... We build .... We don’t tear down other BLACK MEN! .... We have felt the pain of being torn down and we have decided we will be deliberate about building others! If I didn’t tag you, please don’t be offended. I tried to pick people I thought would do this challenge. All too often, we men find it easier to criticize each other, instead of building each other up. With all the negativity going around let’s do something positive!! Upload 1 picture of yourself... only you. Then tag as many brothers to do the same. Let’s build ourselves up, instead of tearing ourselves down.🖤
As children develop, we have a responsibility to nurture them and help them understand the complexities of race, injustice, and prejudice. These resources from the Center for Racial Justice in Education can help you talk through difficult conversations with children:
In order for change to occur, it’s important for us all to galvanize and work together.
Here are a few spaces where people are coming together.
- Register to Vote
- Add your name to petitions
- Join an organizing meeting, action, or other grassroots event in your community
- Help promote and defend human rights, and make a difference in combatting racism in your community
- Report suspicious sites, stories, ads, social accounts, and posts about Black Live Matters
There are various social justice issues impacting people across the country. There are a number of resources available on a variety of mediums to help you learn more about these issues:
- How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- Stamped from the Beginning by Irbam X. Kendi
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- Uncle Tom’s Children by Richard Wright
- NY Times: The 1619 Project
Local museums and landmarks
- African American Heritage Trail
- African Meeting House
- Amistad Memorial (CT)
- Black Heritage Trail
- Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire
- Connecticut Freedom Trail
- Museum of African American History
- National Center of Afro-American Artists
- Portland (ME) Freedom Trail
- Vermont African American Heritage Trail