In light of the tragic killing of George Floyd and the resulting protests, we've compiled a list of relevant resources supported by Book Soup and its staff -- from large, national organizations like Black Lives Matter, to local, black-owned bookshops and restaurants, like Eso Wan and WeHo's Brandoni Pepperoni.
This is by no means a complete or exhaustive list, just a starting place. We're lucky as booksellers to be in a position to amplify black voices, but that no longer feels like enough. We hope you'll join us in donating, petitioning leaders, and supporting your neighbors!
(In case you missed it, our buyer has compiled a list of book recommendations that address black identity, systemic racism, American policing practices, disenfranchisement, and more. Some offer a single point-of-view, others a broader historical context, but all are excellent resources that can provide entry-points into difficult conversations about race and justice. Please consider reading them, or recommending them to a friend or loved one.)
#BirthdayForBreonna - click here for a list of actionable items you can take to support just for Breonna Taylor and her family.
Many more places to donate: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#donate
Black Lives Matter Master Doc with updated information HERE.
Comprehensive BLM List of places to donate, petition, sign, and more HERE.
Justice for Kendrick Johnson
Justice for Tamla Horsford
Hands Up Act - sign here
National Actin Against Police Brutality - sign here
Abolish Prison Labor - sign here
For more petitions, please visit https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#petitions
More Black Lives Matter resources here.
A list of mental health resources for the Black community:
Black Girls Smile Inc
Black Girls Smile Inc. promotes positive mental health for young African American girls.
Melanin and Mental Health
Melanin and Mental Health connects individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities.
Raises awareness on the importance of mental health in underserved communities, allowing individuals to identify and overcome challenges to achieve a healthier and productive lifestyle.
Aims to make the process of seeking therapy simpler and safer for all people, especially marginalized populations.
Black Mental Health Matters
This website contains resources to therapists and hotlines for black african americans struggling with mental health. during this uncertain and challanging time.
Therapy for Black Girls
An online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
A training, movement building, and grant making organization dedicated to the healing, wellness, and liberation of Black and marginalized communities.
Black Mental Health Alliance
Develops, promotes, and sponsors trusted, culturally-relevant educational forums, trainings, and referral services that support the health and wellbeing of Black people and other vulnerable communities.
Black Mental Wellness
Provides access to evidence-based information and resources about mental health and behavioral health topics from a Black perspective, highlights and increases the diversity of mental health professionals, and decreases the mental health stigma in the Black community.
The Loveland Foundation
Provides financial support for therapy for Black women and girls.
The National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN)
A healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC).
Therapy for Black Men
A directory to help men of color in their search for a therapist.
Resources on healing ancestral trauma compiled by Dr. Jennifer Mullan, clinical psychologist and community organizer.
Depressed While Black
An online community, blog, and video hub for Black mental health.
Healing in Action : A Toolkit for Black Lives Matter Healing Justice & Direct Action
A guide by Black Lives Matter Healing Justice Working Group on preparing for action, self-care during an action, and restoration and resilience after an action.
Mental Health Tips for African Americans to Heal after Collectively Witnessing an Injustice
A self-care video by Brandon J. Johnson
Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News
A conversation between Kenya Hameed, PsyD and Jamie Howard, PhD of Child Mind Institute.
The Safe Place
A minority mental health app geared specifically towards the black community.
National Ogranization For People Of Color Against Suicide
Founded by suicide loss survivor, Dr. Donna Barnes, works to reduce the stigma of suicide prevention among communities of color through training and advocacy.