Like you I’m sure, I was heartbroken and angered by the murder of George Floyd. And I’ve been frustrated that the events that have followed have created even more division in our already severely divided country.
But I’ve also been heartened that so many are turning out for peaceful protests, that books on racial discrimination are selling out across the country, and that many of us are (finally, belatedly) asking what we can do to make things better.
To that end, here are some of the many good resources being created and shared online right now that have been especially helpful to me.
Black-owned independent bookstores to support. This list is by state. If there are none in your area (there aren’t in mine), you can order from any of these online.
Charity Navigator’s list of highly-rated organizations dedicated to defending civil rights (a great resource for making a donation).
Finally, the makers of Just Mercy are making the movie free to stream across a number of platforms during the month of June. You can see all the places it’s available here. Bryan Stevenson, the author of the book on which the movie is based is also the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization doing important work in the areas of racial justice, education, and criminal justice reform and another great place to make a donation.