Resources for Black Lives Matter Allies

June 12, 2020

resources for black lives matter allies books to read movies to watch

In an effort to continue the conversation & learning that has been taking place around Black Lives Matter I wanted to share with you a list of resources I’ve compiled to help further education. Resources for Black Lives Matter allies, if you will.

This list includes tools I have been using to educate myself these past few weeks as well as ones recommended to my be friends, both Black and White women. I’ve divided them into categories of “to read”, “to watch”, “to ask questions” & “social media”.

I hope you find these resources helpful. If there are others you think I should include, maybe other things you have read or watched and found helpful please let me know in the comments below so I can check them out! Thank you!


Resources for Black Lives Matter Allies:

First off, something I just discovered and wanted to share with you – the AALBC – the African American Literature Book Club. Instead of supporting Besos and shopping Amazon, you can shop the AALBC and support a Black owned business while educating yourself. It’s a win-win. Of  course they don’t have stock of everything (or you may live outside a shipping zone) so I’ll include both AALBC links and Amazon links below. Please note, RewardStyle is affiliated with Amazon so if you do purchase through my Amazon links I will make a (very small) commission. This costs you nothing, but I wanted to be clear about that.

To Read:

So You Want To Talk About Race Ijeoma Oluo (Amazon), (AALBC – free audio book)

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration Michelle Alexander (I bought this a few years ago at Powell’s bookstore in Portland (criminal law nerd over here) and have been recommending it to people ever since. I highly, highly recommend it for understanding issues of race in the criminal justice system).

How To Be Anti-Racist Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Ibram X. Kendi

Me & White Supremacy – Layla F. Saad

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

Policing Black Lives – Robyn Maynard (this Canadian book examines state violence against Black people in Canada from the era of US slavery to modern day. This is an important work for Canadians to help us understand the history here and how this is not just a US problem).

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice (Article on Medium)

Black Organizations & Anti-Racist Groups that Canadians Can Support Now (Article on Huff Post)

To Watch:

13th (Netflix) Ava Duvernay

American Son (Netflix)Kenny Leon

The Hate U Give (Youtube) George Tilman Jr.


Social Media (Black creator Instagram accounts who address issues of Race & their lived experiences)





To Ask Questions:

@askapoc on instagram is account where you can ask questions to a community of People of Color. A 1 pound (~$1.25 US) donation is required – donations go to @foodforthoughtSL)

That’s the list of resources for Black Lives Matter allies that I’ve come up with so far. If there are an other resources you’d recommend / you’ve found helpful please let me know in the comments below!

24 comments so far.

24 responses to “Resources for Black Lives Matter Allies”

  1. Lizzie says:

    These are such great resources! Thanks for sharing! I’ll check them out 🙂


  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing these resources. Nice to see it on your blog. You’re appreciated!

    • Lee says:

      Aw thank you. I’m sorry it took me this long to become a better ally and to take on the work of educating myself, but I am certainly trying to now.

  3. Rach says:

    Thank you for sharing! I’ve been educating myself and constantly looking for more resources!

  4. Kim says:

    Thank you for sharing so many great resources. I can’t wait to check them out.


  5. Much needed and appreciated. Thanks for putting this together and for the recommendation for the book on my post.


  6. jenniferpickering22gmailcom says:

    Thank you for sharing all of these!!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  7. makeupmuddle says:

    Thank you for sharing these, I’ve bought a few titles on Amazon but I want to give 13th a watch as I’ve heard really great things about how informative it is xo

    Makeup Muddle

  8. hillheady says:

    So many helpful resources here! Definitely going to follow those accounts you included!

  9. gretahollar says:

    Thank you for the reading recommendations. I’m adding these to check out at the library!

  10. kileen says:

    thank you so much for the roundup! i’m learning how i can be a better activist for BLM as well!

    cute & little

    • Lee says:

      You’re welcome Kileen! It’s definitely been a month of learning (and unlearning) and I’m really looking forward to better educating myself.

  11. This is such a great resource, thanks for sharing! xoxo, Sarah

  12. Jamaria says:

    This is truly awesome! Thank you so much for shedding light on such an important issue in our country right now. One day, one step, and one ally at a time I truly feel the change will come. Xo

    • Lee says:

      I feel the same way Jamaria. As much as we still see so much negativity right now I think the world is changing. I think society has finally woken up to the issue of racism (and it’s horrible it took so long – i personally don’t even understand how I didn’t truly SEE it, didn’t GET it until recently) and i really think lasting change is coming.

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