Posted 01 June 2020

A list of recommended resources for supporting the Black Lives Matter movement

Together with our sister company It’s Nice That, we are sharing a list of educational resources, petitions to sign, funds and charities to donate to, for anyone looking to further support the Black Lives Matter movement.

This time last week, we began hearing devastating reports of the tragic and brutal killing of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, igniting a huge response that is now being felt globally. What is clear to see, however, is that George Floyd’s death, along with so many others’, must not be treated as an anomalies – but demonstrations of systemic injustice and racism. This is something that is not only true of America, but also the UK and throughout the world.

For many, this will be stating the obvious, but the push for justice and equality is a cause to fight for every single day. Right now, the urgency is even greater – especially for those of us with platforms, or in positions of privilege. With so many important messages, links and resources being exchanged through the week, we wanted to collate and share some of our findings on ways to further support the Black Lives Matter movement. This ranges from reading material on race and allyship, as well as individuals to follow, to calls to action and fundraising initiatives. The list is also just a starting point, and we welcome any suggestions, feedback or additions.

At Lecture in Progress, we believe in fostering a truly diverse and inclusive creative industry; but we cannot do that authentically without understanding the wider context and acknowledging where we have privilege and leverage. The creative industry is a predominantly white one, and our company is no exception. We know that we must continue to do all that we can to demand change, encourage greater inclusivity, and support and platform Black and underrepresented talent. We will continue to add to this list of resources, and we hope it proves to be a good foundation to doing just that.

We are always open to hearing from you, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at [email protected] with any thoughts or suggestions as to how we can improve at this time. It is only through keeping conversation open and participating in these types of dialogue that we can continue to learn and grow together.

Charities and funds

Petitions to sign

Books, articles and resources to read

Ways to help (via Black Lives Matter)

Twitter Thread: UK based charities, organisations and platforms whose work aims to eradicate racial injustice (Via Black Ballad)

IG: How can I help from the UK? (via Das Penman)

IG: 10 steps to non-optical allyship (via Mireille Charper)

IG: Transform Allyship into Action: A Toolkit for Non-Black People (via Social Justice in Medicine Coalition at USC)

IG: 10 Black Community Groups You Can Support (via GUAP)

Twitter Thread: Advice for companies from Sheree Atcheson, Monzo’s Head of Diversity and Inclusion (Via Sheree Atcheson)

Twitter Thread: What To Do If You Can’t Donate Right Now (via @traderjosephina)

Anti-racism resources for white people (via Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein)

75 things white people can do for racial injustice (via Medium)

Farewell to America by Gary Younge (via The Guardian)

Destructive Power of Despair by Charles M. Blow (via The New York Times)

100 Black creatives inspiring change (via The Dots)

The White Space, a paper by Elijah Anderson (read here)

An Essential Anti-Racist Reading List (Via Vogue)

An Anti-Racist Reading List (Via New York Times)

The Case for Reparations (via The Atlantic)

A guide to allowing BIPOC creatives to tell their stories unapologetically (via Been by noyekim)


Why I’m No longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge⁣⁣⁣

I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

Natives by Akala

Dark Days by James Baldwin

Diversify by June Sarpong

How To Be Antiracist by Ibran X. Kendi

Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Tabiri

White Supremacy and Me by Layla F. Saad

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Freedom Is A Constant Struggle by Angela Davis

They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery

Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lord

White Girls by Hilton Als

Brit-ish by Afuah Hirsh

Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga

The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

Black Boy, Richard Wright

Hood Feminism, Mikki Kendall

Liberation Will Come From a Black Thing, James Forman

Watch and listen

Angela Davis on intersectional anti-racism (via Roshni Goyate)

The Colour of Fear, directed by Lee Mun Wah (1994)

1619 by The New York Times

Code Switch by NPR

About Race podcast by Reni Eddo-Lodge

The Breakdown with Shaun King

Guides and tools

How to protest safely during a pandemic (via VICE)

Five points to consider before going to a Black Lives Matter protest in London or the UK (via @VARAIDZO)

Know your rights (via @initialola on Twitter)

Tool for quickly scrubbing metadata from images and selectively blurring faces and identifiable features (via @everestpipkin Twitter)

Free flyer printing (via The Photocopy Club also here)

IG: Virtual Protesting 101 (via Manassaline Coleman)

The Photographer’s Guide to Inclusive Photography (via Photoshelter and Authority Collective)

Resources for Photographers and Beyond on Anti-Racism (via Authority Collective)

People and organisations to follow

Training and Opportunities

Mentoring, training and film education to support Black people into film (Via Bounce Cinema)

The Other Box: Know Your Bias Courses

Fearless Futures, providing training programmes that challenge root causes of inequities among leaders for transformative change

Creative Mentor Network: D & I training, mentor training; mentoring for young people

YSYS: Training and opportunities for diverse people in the startup and tech sectors

Written by Creative Lives in Progress