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Resources for Recognizing and Challenging Racism: Resources to Understand Black Lives Matter


Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based national organization founded by activists Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi after the death of Trayvon Martin. The Black lives Matter movement fights against systemic racism and the continued violence against the black community. The movement mobilized and expanded after several instances of unarmed black men, women, and children being killed by the police. In most cases, until recently, the perpetrators were either acquitted or not charged for the crime. 

We are expansive. We are a collective of liberators who believe in an inclusive and spacious movement. We also believe that in order to win and bring as many people with us along the way, we must move beyond the narrow nationalism that is all too prevalent in Black communities. We must ensure we are building a movement that brings all of us to the front.

We affirm the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. Our network centers those who have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.

We are working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise.

We affirm our humanity, our contributions to this society, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.

The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation.

Books by Black Lives Matter Founders

Please click to the next slide for a brief description of the book. This book is not available at Pepperdine Libraries but the title is available through Interlibrary Loan. Please click on the photo above for more information on Interlibrary Loan. Click to the next slide for a brief description of the book. 

Continued: When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

Raised by a single mother in an impoverished neighborhood in Los Angeles, Patrisse Khan-Cullors experienced firsthand the prejudice and persecution Black Americans endure at the hands of law enforcement. For Patrisse, the most vulnerable people in the country are Black people. Deliberately and ruthlessly targeted by a criminal justice system serving a white privilege agenda, Black people are subjected to unjustifiable racial profiling and police brutality. In 2013, when Trayvon Martin's killer went free, Patrisse's outrage led her to co-found Black Lives Matter with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi. Condemned as terrorists and as a threat to America, these loving women founded a hashtag that birthed the movement to demand accountability from the authorities who continually turn a blind eye to the injustices inflicted upon people of Black and Brown skin. Championing human rights in the face of violent racism, Patrisse is a survivor. She transformed her personal pain into political power, giving voice to a people suffering inequality and a movement fueled by her strength and love, to tell the country -- and the world -- that Black Lives Matter.

An essential guide to building transformative movements to address the challenges of our time, from one of the country’s leading organizers and a co-creator of Black Lives Matter. Book available October 20, 2020. 

Videos on Black Lives Matter

Please click on the above photo to view a TED Talk interview with the founders of Black Lives Matter | Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi. 

Please click on the above photo to view a TED Talk interview with Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Rashad Robinson, Dr. Bernice King and Anthony D. Romero discuss dismantling the systems of oppression and racism responsible for tragedies like the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and far too many others.

Please click on the above photo to view Kennedy Cook's Ted Talk. Impassioned by her personal experience and the Black Lives Matter movement, Kennedy Cook takes the TEDxYouth@Dayton stage to talk about the importance of studying and learning about other cultures to bring peace and unity to communities.

Please click on the above photo to view "5 Ways of Understanding Black Lives Matter" from the event Broadway For Black Lives Matter.

Please click on the above photo to view Clint Smith's Ted Talk on how to raise a black son in America. 

The Black Lives Matter Syllabus is the nationally acclaimed, public educational curriculum that provides resources for teaching BLM in classroom and community settings. Please click on the above photo to access the syllabus. 

Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of Black folks’ humanity, our contributions to this society, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression. Click on the photo to know the story of how three radical Black organizers Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi created a Black-centered political will and movement building project called #BlackLivesMatter.

Above a document of a #blacklivesmatter library, teaching, activism, and community resource list Compiled and published by Que(e)ry, 2016-Last updated: June 23, 2020. For access to the document please click on the photo above.