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BlackLivesMatter: On the Movement

Black Lives Matter resources

On Race Relations


On the Movement

Included in this are resources on the ‘flashpoints’ that have come to define and illustrate the movement — instances such as Charleston, Ferguson and Baltimore.

#CharlestonSyllabus— “ Here is a list of readings that educators can use to broach conversations in the classroom about the events that unfolded in Charleston, South Carolina on the evening of June 17, 2015. These readings provide information about the history of racial violence in this country and contextualize the history of race relations in South Carolina and the United States.

Black Lives Matter Resource Guide— Collection of links by the Que(e)ry Librarians blog, that all relate to Black Lives Matter. Includes a  list of LibGuides/resource guides, hosted by various libraries, on Black Lives Matter.

#blacklivesmatter library, teaching, activism, and community resource list — The full Black Lives Matter resource list put together by Que(e)ry Librarians. This guide has a list of resource guides, reading lists, valuable resources, and more, and as such it must be listed here.

“How To Teach Kids About What’s Happening In Ferguson” by Marcia Chatelain — The Atlantic— An article in The Atlantic containing a number of resources relating to and expanding upon issues that Black Lives Matter touches on.

Forum on Police Accountability — Columbia Law School —Columbia Law School faculty members provide information on the St. Louis grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on any charges related to the death of Michael Brown and the Richmond County decision not to indict New York City police officers on any charges regarding the homicide of Eric Garner.

A Ferguson Syllabus: Reading a Movement — A collection of readings and resources relating to the unrest in Ferguson, and its motivations and course, that followed the death of Michael Brown.

Ferguson Syllabus— A syllabus put together by Sociologists for Justice on Ferguson including the conditions and causes leading up to it and intersecting with Michael Brown’s death.

#ColinKaepernickSyllabus — A syllabus focused on the struggle of the black athlete in America in the context of racial inequality, with a focus on and surrounding NFL player Colin Kaepernick and his protest against the United States national anthem.

9/22 Shut It Down: Black Lives Matter and the Ethics of Disruptive Protest (Or, What We Can Learn from Mizzou and Colin Kaepernick) — A section of the Fall 2016 offering of the NYU Black Lives Matter course (taught by Frank Frank Leon Roberts), that focuses specifically on the Black Lives Matter movement and how it relates to disruptive protest, with a specific focus on Colin Kaepernick and his protest as a way to examine this matter. It involves a list of readings and also a video to view.

“How 4 Black Lives Matter activists handle queerness and trans issues” by Deron Dalton (The Daily Dot) — This is a piece on the Daily Dot interviewing four LGBT Black Lives Matter activists, who relate “their stories of coming out, and how queer and trans issues correlate with the organizing and activism work they do.”

Syllabus — “POL 210 A — Black Lives Matter: Perspectives on Blackness, State Violence, and Resistance” taught by Prof. Melissa Harris-Perry and Prof. Jaira J. Harrington — A course syllabus on Black Lives Matter.

Your Baltimore ‘Syllabus’ — A crowdsourced syllabus containing various resources on the civil unrest in Baltimore relating to the death of Freddie Gray, as well as on rioting and race relations in Baltimore in general.

#BlackLivesMatter: A Bibliography for the Revolution— A continually-updated bibliography, put together by Black Lives Matter Nashville, that  is helpful for “conceptualizing and navigating the movement”.

Teaching #BlackLivesMatter: Race, Policing & Protest —  This guide is meant to serve as a jumping-off point for students and faculty to gain a better understanding of the deaths of unarmed individuals by police officers and the protests that centered on notable cases in 2014.

Race Matters: Resources for Activists —Aguide curated by the Metropolitan College of New York Library on the movement.


Underlying Philosophy and Background of the Movement

Resources that touch on what it means to be black in America, ranging from slavery, through Jim Crow, to the modern day.

#BlackLivesMatter: A Longform Reading List—  “This list consists entirely of longform interviews, essays and articles by black people about the experience of being black in the white supremacy of America, police violence, and the U.S. government’s undeclared war on its black citizens.”

Black Lives Matter: A Reading List— A reading list organized by category (Children's Books, Civil Rights History, Contemporary Civil Rights Issues, Memoir, Novels and Stories Exploring Race, Policing and Incarceration, Race In St. Louis History).

The Black Panthers Syllabus — A list of readings relating to the Black Panthers Party and related topics. The Black Panthers and the Black Power movement were influential and transformative in the black anti-racist struggle in the United States and in subsequent post-Black Panthers anti-racism movements, including the Black Lives Matter.

The Black Feminist Syllabus by Melissa Harris-Perry— This was created by black feminist professor Melissa Harris-Perry in response to a Washington reporter calling Michelle Obama ‘a feminist nightmare’.

Reading List: Debating Justice, Politics, and Culture in Black America, From the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter— An extensive syllabus put together by Nursing Clio that attempts to explore the various dimensions of the issues connecting to the Black Lives Matter movement, along with their historical context.

Black Lives Matter Reading List by Samarth Bhaskar — A reading list put together by New York Times employee Samarth Bhaskar, that seeks to illuminate and explore the various issues connecting to the Black Lives Matter movement and their place and role in American history.

Black Disabled Woman Syllabus: A Compilation — This resource is a constantly-growing guide of resources that focus specifically on the intersection between race, gender and disability.

Disability Justice In the Age of Mass Incarceration: Perspectives on Race, Disability, Law & Accountability — Summer 2016 — This course syllabus aims to explore “the nexus between race, disability and structural inequality, focusing in particular, on people with multiply marginalized identities”, particularly where these concern mass incarceration.

[Ruderman White Paper] MEDIA COVERAGE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT USE OF FORCE AND DISABILITY — March 2016 — A report issued by the Ruderman Family Foundation on the intersection between law enforcement and disability

This resource is relevant due to disability intersecting in police actions, how they are conducted and the results of said actions — this is illustrated, for instance, in an NBC News article from 2016 citing the report/white paper on how half of people killed by police have a disability.

“As Proud Of Our Gayness As We Are Of Our Blackness” by Jonathan Bailey— This is a blog post by Jonathan Bailey, a doctoral student at Morgan State University, writing a rough history of the black gay rights movement in America from the 1970s to the present.

Black Queer and Trans* Reading List — A reading list of materials that pertain to Black Queer and Trans* issues, developed and curated by Tumblr blogger childofzami.

‘Black Feminisms’ Course Syllabus (taught by Prof. Keisha Lindsay) — The aim of this course is to critically examine key issues, assumptions, and debates in contemporary, post civil rights black feminist thought.

Intersectionality 101 by Olena Hankivsky and “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics” by Kimberlé Crenshaw— These two resources are primers that give an introduction to the concept of intersectionality, a theory put forth originally by Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989, and which Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza has said the movement is “heavily influenced” by.

‘Intersectionality’ Course Syllabus (taught by Patrick Grzanka)— This seminar in African American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies serves as an introduction to concept of “intersectionality,” which denotes the ways in which structures of power and domination, such as sexism and racism, are interconnected and co-constitutive.

‘Queer Theory: A Reconceptualization of Gender and Sexuality’ Course Syllabus (taught by Kreimild Saunders) — This is a course syllabus for a University of Massachusetts' course on Queer Theory. It traces the development of queer theory, along with a number of other aspects.

‘A Genealogy of Black LGBT Culture and Politics’ Course Syllabus (taught by Dr. Jafari S. Allen)— This course is an interdisciplinary survey of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ), and same gender loving (SGL) culture and politics.

‘Queer of Color Theory’ Course Syllabus (taught by Prof. Robin Bernstein) — This a course focusing on the theoretical work of queer people of color, primarily in the U.S., from the 1970s to the present.

‘ Transgender Issues, Identities, and Politics’ Course Syllabus (taught by Eli Clare) —  This course will examine some of the cultural and political issues gender variant, transgender, and transsexual peoples face in the U.S.

‘Seminar in Transgender Studies’ Course Syllabus (taught by Talia Mae Bettcher) —  This seminar is a graduate-level introduction to the interdisciplinary field of transgender studies.

Trans of Color Mini Course Syllabus — This four-module mini-course will act as a targeted entry into the still burgeoning field of Queer of Color Critique.