I’ve been trying to think about what I could share this week that would be helpful. I’ve been a little overwhelmed by the amount of information out there (most good!) I’ve seen this week. What I’m sharing here isn’t a full list by any means, but it’s a place to start.
I’m a book lover, so we’ll start there. I’ve also linked a great resource where you can find petitions to sign, places to donate, and numbers to call.
Books to Read:
*Some of these are affiliate links, but any commission earned from these books will be donated to a Black Lives Matter organization.
These are books that I’ve been adding to my TBR, with a few that I’ve read myself. I’ve included both fiction and non-fiction.
Non-fiction books about anti-racism:
Me & White Supremacy by Layla Saad (audiobook, because it’s sold out most places)
How to be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (grab the Kindle copy)
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo and Michael Eric Dyson (print out of stock, grab the Kindle copy)
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Fiction Books by Black Authors:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (YA contemporary)
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Fantasy) – A personal fave!
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (YA Contemporary)
Slay by Brittney Morris (YA Contemporary)
You Should See Me In A Crown (YA Contemporary | new release) – I’ll be listening to this one sometime in June!
An American Marriage (Adult contemporary) – currently reading!
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
The Mother’s by Brit Bennett (I LOVED the audio)
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown (YA Fantasy)
Places to donate + Petitions to sign:
I know that there are so many places you can donate right now, and a lot of petitions to sign (usually you’ll have to give your name and either an email or a phone number).
This isn’t an exhaustive list, but if you go to https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ you’ll find a list of ways that you can donate, where to sign, and other resources of where you can help. This site has been super helpful to me.
Since I know a lot of you reading my blog love books, maybe your next purchase could come from one of these stores? They ship everywhere and yeah, it will cost more than Amazon, but it’s a way to support the Black community. For me, this was a simple thing that I could do this week.
Also, if the books listed above are sold out, check to see if they’re in stock at these stores! Some Indie’s still have books, even if Amazon or other big name stores are sold out.
This is not a complete list, I’ll try to add to it as I find more.
I know right now a lot of us are taking time to learn and have some hard conversations with people in our lives. We’ve been doing that, and we’ll continue to do that. And I hope that each one of us can show up online with love and grace in our hearts.
Some people will actively share online about what they’re doing. Others will be working in their homes and in their hearts. But my hope is that we’re doing the work, even if it’s hard and uncomfortable at times so that real change can happen in the future.