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June 18, 2020

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Juneteenth



Today, America celebrates Juneteenth. It’s a day steeped in history as the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On this day in 1865, the last enslaved people in the U.S.- in Galveston, Texas -  learned of their freedom. Juneteenth celebrates freedom in the Black community, and emphasizes education and achievement. 

This year’s holiday takes place on an historic stage with the prominence of the Black Lives Matter movement rising in power across the nation, before a backdrop of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Citizens in cities and towns globally are uniting in peaceful protest to fight the oppression and the pervasive systemic racism inflicted upon the Black community. 

In honor of the anti-racism conversation many are having, and in the spirit of education, we are sharing resources from which we are learning. Our goal is to continue our own education to become better allies. We invite you to join us. What nonprofits are you supporting? What are Black-owned businesses at which you shop? Who are your favorite Black authors? What are some documentaries you’ve found educational? Who are the activists you follow? We appreciate recommendations that are both nationally and locally based. Please help us add to this list and thank you for growing with us.

Nonprofits To Support

100 Black Men of America

Black Girls Code

Black Women’s Health Imperative

Campaign Zero

Color of Change

FoodBank of Santa Barbara

GrassRoots Law

NAACP

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

National Black Justice Coalition

National Black Women’s Justice Institute

Outdoor Afro


Documentaries / Films

13th

I Am Not Your Negro

The Hate U Give

The Kalief Browder Story

The Racial Wealth Gap

When They See Us

Who Killed Malcolm X?

Books To Read

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism, Robin DiAngelo

Freedom is a Constant Struggle, Angela Y. Davis

The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X

Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, James H Jones

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Bryan Stevenson

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals, Saidiya Hartman

Such a Fun Age, Kiley Reid

Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi

How To Be An Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi

Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List for Adults

Podcasts 

2 Black Runners

Snap Judgement

Friends Like Us

As A Black Woman

IG Accounts to Follow

Akilah Baker

Brittany Packnett Cunningham

Collective - A DEI Lab

Emmanuel Acho

Jess Guilbeaux

Kiera Smalls

Krystle Farmer Sieghart

Patrisse Cullors-Brignac

Rachel Lindsay Abasolo

Run For It Kenny

Shaun King

Takia McClendon


Santa Barbara’s Black-Owned Businesses


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