BLACK LIVES MATTER | A Movement NOT a Moment

What we DO matters.
What we SAY matters.
What we PRAY matters.
What we READ matters.
What we WATCH matters.
What we THINK matters.
What we LEARN matters.
What we RELEASE matters.
What we BELIEVE matters.
It ALL matters.
- PropelWomen

 

PROMOTE black businesses. AMPLIFY black voices. READ books on what it means to be anti-racist. WATCH documentaries to educate yourself. DONATE to organizations in support of BLM. SIGN petitions to get justice for black lives. CALL your local leaders. REGISTER to vote. DO THE WORK offline.

BLACK LIVES MATTER is a movement, not a moment. BLACK LIVES MATTER...and all lives can’t until black ones do.

So we’ve got some work to do my dear. It’s going to be a marathon, not a sprint. Don't test the waters, GO MAKE WAVES! All it takes is YOU! Take one small step forward in making a difference to change the world!

I've recently took the Pledge of Black Allegiance, which means that “by prioritizing Black merchants and businesses when shopping, we aim to redistribute wealth, reallocate power to the people, and secure our neighborhoods and our future by increasing economic stability within the Black community.” Join me in this movement in pledging your allegiance by committing your resources to shopping with black-owned businesses as often as possible to uplift and empower Black communities everywhere.

Also, to help you with that one.small.step. to CHANGE, I have taken the time to do some research and wanted to use my voice and this platform to provide you with resources to support the BLM movement.

By no means are these lists exhaustive. I encourage you to do some research of your own, if you haven’t already, to educate yourself, learn and take action to go make waves.

 

BLACK VOICES TO FOLLOW & AMPLIFY

Name IG Handle
Anna Groves @annamaegroves
Arielle Storia @ariellestoria
Be a Bridge Builder @beabridgebuilder
Danielle Coke @ohhappydani
Dr. Anita Phillips @dranitaphillips
Emmanuel Acho @emmanualacho
Fatima Dedrickson @stylefitfatty
Glo @glographics
Latasha Morrison @latashamorrison
Luvvie Jones @luvvie
Rachel Cargle @rachel.cargle
Rachel Rodgers @rachrodgersesq
Sarah Jakes Roberts @sarahjakesroberts
Tash Haynes @itstashhaynes

Another account I have followed has been @sharethemicnow on Instagram a campaign created where Black women spoke out on the accounts of white women to help magnify Black women and the important work that they're doing to catalyze the change that will only come when we truly hear each other's voices.

BLACK BUSINESSES TO SUPPORT

These are just some black owned businesses I personally know or know of and wanted to share to support their businesses. 

Business Name Category IG Handle
AfterGlow Candle Co. Candles @afterglowcandle.co
Angie Mcpherson Photography Branding Photographer @angiejanine
Ask Kimberly Lifestyle Lifestyle Coach @askkimberly
Ava Js Cupcakes Treats @avajscupcakes
BLK & Bold Coffee & Tea @blkdandbold
Bohemian Blooms Floral Design @xobohemianblooms
Coach B Lauren Personal Coach @coachblauren
Coco Speaks Speaker/Writer/Podcaster @cocospeaks
Collage and Wood Home Decor @collageandwood
Crafted to Thrive Business Coach @craftedtothrive
Dex & Bodie Home Decor @dexandbodie
Enjoy-A-Bowl Pets @enjoyabowl_products
Evermore Designs Co. Jewelry @rae.evermore
Grace & Heart Jewelry @gracedtograceothers
Just Pecans by Monique Treats @justpecansbymonique
Love 'Tis True Christian T-Shirts & Mugs @lovetisetrueshop
Loved + Blessed Box Subscription Box for Christians @lovedblessedbox
Made by Yub Treats @madebyyub
Milk + Honey Travels Travel Designer @briannaglenn
Natarsha Wright Brand Strategist @natarsha_wright
Oilee Drops Essential Oils @oileedrops
Polly Ann Collection Home Decor @pollyanncollection
Prosper Planner Christian Journals & Planners @prosperplanner
Saved by Grace Co. Christian Product Shop @savedbygrace.co
Sip & Sonder Coffee Shop @sipandsonder
The Blossoming Mumsie Subscription Box for Moms @theblossomingmumsie
The Collective Flo Operations & Systems Strategist @the_collective_flo
The Pharoah Group Fashion Designer @pharoahkirk
Vanessa Hicks Photography Wedding Photographer @vanessahicksphotography

 

Other resources to find black owned businesses across the nation include: Black Owned Coffee Shops in LA, Black Owned WineriesTHE BLK Pages, Forbes | 75 BOB to Support, Refinery29 | Find & Support BOB With these Apps & Websites, Official Black Wall Street

BOOKS TO READ

Check out this list of books to read at your local black owned bookstore

Book Title Author
Be the Bridge | Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation Latasha Morrison
Biased | Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes the Way We See, Think and Do
Jennifer Eberhardt
Hood Feminism| Notes From Women That a Movement Forgot Mikki Kendall
How to Be an AntiRacist Ibram X. Kendi
Just Mercy | A Story of Justice & Redemption Bryan Stevenson
Me and White Supremacy | Combat Racism, Change the World & Become a Good Ancestor Layla Saad
So You Want to Talk About Race Ijeoma Oluo
White Fragility | Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Robin Diangelo


ORGANIZATIONS TO DONATE TO

A portion of the proceeds from the Brighter Days Collection will be donated to NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund.

Organization

Mission
NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund To protect voting rights, reform the criminal justice system, and improve equal access to education, among other civil rights causes.
NAACP Empowerment Programs To ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination
Black Lives Matter To challenge state-sanctioned violence against Black people and to vision and build a just and free societ
Be the Bridge To equip bridge-builders to bring healing and transformation towards racial justice and reconciliation
The Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund To offer over 5,000 hours of FREE therapy sessions for black women and girls to go to therapy
Rebuild Lake Street To help rebuild Lake Street’s
small businesses and community organizations.
Black Visions Collective To "center our work in healing and transformative justice principles, intentionally develop our organization's core 'DNA' to ensure sustainability, and develop Minnesota’s emerging black leadership to lead powerful campaigns."
Midtown Global Market Mend To help repair the damage and to help rebuild small businesses throughout the Midtown Global Market
The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) To fight and stand for economic, racial & social justice and build a strong people’s movement that can create transformative community change.

 PETITIONS TO SIGN

Justice for:
George Floyd
Breonna Taylor
Ahmaud Arbery
AND MORE...

 

Here are just a few other resources to help in your education about anti-racism.

Filipinx for #BlackLivesMatter:  Fighting Anti-Blackness in our own Community

Ways You Can Help

How to Help Fight for Racial Justice & Equality

Anti-Racism Resources

Change will not come overnight, in a week or even in a few months, so STAY THE COURSE. Do what seems right for YOU to make a change, but be sure to give yourself some GRACE and make some time to REST in the process. 

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." -Galatians 6:9 

 


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