Notes on #BlackLivesMatter and anti-racism voices, causes, and organizations

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Hi there 👋

In lieu of the usual marketing articles I share each week, I’ve included a number of articles and resources that have helped shape my perspective on race, diversity, privilege, and inclusion over the past years and recent days.

As many of you may know, I live in the U.S. — I’ve been doing my best to listen, learn, and participate in this moment. I’m proud that Buffer made a stand. And I’m hopeful we can all use these experiences to enact real change.

Wishing you all the best this week.

~ Kevan

Five books, articles, & lists I’ve found helpful


by Kiese Laymon

A powerful memoir about growing up as a Black man in America and all the injustices, inequality, and traumas he endured. There’s a powerful podcast interview with Kiese here, in which he goes deeper into the book, his family, and his experiences.

The Hate U Give

book by Angie Thomas

A novel about a 16-year-old Black student who witnesses the shooting death of a friend at the hands of a police officer. This book was recently made into a movie, too.

Ways you can help

by Black Lives Matter

When You’re Done: Educate Yourself. This Doesn’t Go Away Once The Topic Isn’t, “Trending.”

12 ways to break your filter bubble and gain diverse perspectives

by Courtney Seiter, Buffer

How to make this moment the turning point for real change

by President Barack Obama

A full list of anti-racism resources

Anti-racist books

How to Be An Antiracist

Me and White Supremacy

So You Want to Talk About Race

Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out

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

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race

Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

Anti-racist courses, workshops, and groups

7-Day Antiracism Challenge

6-Week Antiracism Course

Be the Bridge Facebook group

The Great Unlearn on Instagram


Taking action

Black Lives Matter Donation Badge 
(A customizable website badge to show your support)

Charities and funds

Black Lives Matter

The Bail Project

The Liberty Fund

Reclaim the Block

I Run With Maud

Campaign Zero

Unicorn Riot

American Civil Liberties Union

Stand Up To Racism UK

People and organizations to follow (via)

Entry Level Activist


Color Of Change

Equal Justice Initiative

We the Urban

Munroe Bergdorf

Mona Chalabi

Asai Takeaway

Inquest Org


Lee Merrit (Civil Rights Lawyer)


Layla F. Saad

Rachel Elizabeth Cargle

Check Your Privilege

Rachel Ricketts

The Great Unlearn

Reni Eddo-Lodge

Ibram X. Kendi

Misc. resources

Transform Allyship into Action
via @usc_sjmc on Instagram

We’ve recently gotten some questions from non-black friends on how they can best assist and be effective allies in the fight against police brutality and racial injustice. While this is by no means an exhaustive list, we hope this toolkit can aid in the process.⁣

Shoutout to @binnywong for the content inspo from her piece in @huffpost! ⁣

#sjmc #allyship #blacklivesmatter
May 30, 2020

Advice for companies
via @nirushika on Twitter

Thanks so much for reading.

— Kevan

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