Activists For Racial Justice
As the Black Lives Matter movement urges an acceleration of anti-racism work, many people are asking “what’s next?” Here’s what’s next: action and education. This list contains 14 Black educators, activists, and organizations who are specifically working on anti-racism education and advocating for the end of state violence against Black communities.
This is not a trend: these activists have been speaking out against systemic racism for years, and will continue to do so. To ensure that their work is sustainable, purchase their books, pay for their teaching on Patreon, and send a Venmo/Paypal to compensate for the education you receive.
Buying a book and following a handful of new accounts on Instagram is only surface level—the real effort is hard. Match the work of these activists with your own introspection and action. Speak up and take direct action through financial support, activism, and volunteering. The momentum is here in this moment, and it’s essential to move forward and maintain these actions until every voice is equal, protected, and accounted for.
For actions you can take today to support the Black Lives Matter movement, go here.
Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter is a movement calling for action and response to anti-Black racism. It’s also an excellent resource for political action steps and organized peaceful protest information. Find your local chapter to get involved, sign petitions, listen to their podcast “What Matters,” and donate to help the movement end state-sanctioned violence.
As an academic, writer, and lecturer, Rachel Cargle explores the intersection of race and womanhood on her public platforms. In addition to following her social accounts, support her on Patreon, where she continues her dedication to facilitating unlearning.
Ijeoma Oluo is the New York Times bestselling author of “So You Want To Talk About Race,” whose work focuses on race and identity, feminism, mental health, and more. In addition to writing, she hosts classes on Patreon starting at $5 a month for limited access, and for up to $70 for full access.
Historian and advocate Blair Imani’s work centers women and girls, global Black communities, and the LGBTQ community. She’s written two books (“Modern HERstory” and “Making Our Way Home”) and is preparing to launch a 10-week anti-racism course, as well as a podcast called “America Did What.” Subscribe to her on Patreon for access.
Ibram X. Kendi
Ibram X. Kendi is the #1 New York Times bestselling author whose works include “The Black Campus Movement,” “Stamped From The Beginning,” and “How To Be An Antiracist.” He is also the Founding Director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center—be sure to follow along there for new research and events.
The Conscious Kid
If you’re wondering how to talk to your children or students about race and racism, The Conscious Kid offers books, resources, and tips for hosting the conversations. This 501(c)(3) nonprofit also goes further on its Patreon, where you can become a monthly contributor for $5 or $10. (If you have limited resources, there is a more accessible pricing tier.)
Brittany Packnett Cunningham
The co-founder of Campaign Zero and co-host of “Pod Save The People,” Brittany Packnett Cunningham’s voice spans across many mediums. Follow her on social for real-time leadership and education, listen to the podcast, and donate to Campaign Zero to support its mission to end police violence nationwide.
Layla F. Saad
After Layla F. Saad led the “Me and White Supremacy” challenge on Instagram, she turned her work into a bestselling book by the same name. Saad’s work is dedicated to becoming a good ancestor for the generations to come through healing and liberation. Pay for her work on Patreon, listen to her podcast, and invest in her masterclasses, which include lessons on allyship and how to end white centering in BIPOC-only spaces.
Ericka Hart is a sex educator and cancer survivor who challenges anti-Blackness in medicine, academia, fashion, and everywhere else it shows up. Purchase Ericka’s courses on gender and racial and social justice and listen to her on “Hoodrat to Headwrap: A Decolonized Podcast.”
Rachel Ricketts is a racial justice educator, lawyer, healer, speaker, and author. She offers online courses on spiritual activism (that you can purchase and watch on-demand), resources on grief and anti-racism, and monthly newsletters. Support her work via Patreon, her shop, or directly via PayPal.
No White Saviors
To understand that anti-racism work is essential worldwide, No White Saviors is a platform based in Uganda that challenges the White Savior Complex (WSC) and centers and uplifts African people. It identifies and provides critical feedback around the WSC and dismantles harmful systems through public and legal action. You can support the work on Patreon.
Austin Channing Brown
The author of “I’m Still Here,” Austin Channing Brown’s writing and speaking combines racial justice, faith, and Black womanhood. She’s also the creator of “The Next Question,” a video series that expands and deepens the conversation about racial justice.
DeRay Mckesson is a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement, a co-founder of Campaign Zero, and co-host of “Pod Save The People.” He is also the author of “On The Other Side Of Freedom,” a book that draws from his experience as an activist, organizer, educator, and public official to dismantle racism and build a better world.
From Privilege To Progress
This platform was founded in 2018 after the founders witnessed the arrest of two innocent Black men. With a mission to “desegregate the conversation about race” and to further education around anti-racism, From Privilege to Progress recommends resources, amplifies stories, and encourages readers to show up.
Emily Torres is the Managing Editor at The Good Trade. She’s a Los Angeles transplant who was born and raised in Indiana, where she studied Creative Writing and Business at Indiana University. You can usually find her reading or writing, caring for her rabbits, or practicing at the yoga studio.