Beyond Black History Month: Black-Led Nonprofits to Support, History and Poets to Read
As we approach the midway point of Black History Month we want to again share a list of community groups, nonprofits, history books, and artists.
The list of black-led nonprofits contains links to websites and/or donation information.
If you want to expand your poetry reading list, we’ve again included an extensive (and growing) list of recommendations.
Where possible a poet’s name links to available bios.
Websites and/or purchase information for books are linked (if available).
Care in Community
Black Women Speak Centers black women’s lives by cultivating a community with black women, giving voice to their experiences as a way to heal, find joy, and move towards liberation on their own terms. To Donate
Minnesota Healing Justice Network Provides a supportive professional community and mutual aid network for wellness and healing justice practitioners who also identify as IBPOC (indigenous, black, or people of color). To Donate
Black Visions Collective “We aim to center our work in healing and transformative justice principles, intentionally develop our organizations’ core ‘DNA’ to ensure sustainability, and develop Minnesota’s emerging Black leadership to lead powerful campaigns.”
Campaign Zero Work entails “the analysis of policing practices across the America, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide.”
The People’s Paper Co-op A social justice and entrepreneurial project that brings individuals with criminal records together to run a craft-based business. All of our products were designed and handmade by our co-op members. All profits go directly into the co-op to expand our co-op membership and help our members be the amazing artists, activists, educators, and neighbors they want to be. Participant of the yearly Mama’s Day Bail Out campaign the goal of which is to free black mothers and caregivers for Mother’s Day
Local Nonprofits, Consulting, and Community Groups
Black Women Connect A collective of women who come together to inspire, empower, leverage strengths, and embrace diverse experiences.
Black Lives Matter Vancouver Working against police brutality and anti-blackness and uplifting black voices.
Bakau Consulting Diversity and inclusion consulting firm.
The Hogan’s Alley Society Advocates for Black Vancouverites who have endured the legacies of urban renewal and their erasure from the official historical narrative.
Euphony Equity & Inclusion Works empowers compassionate and progressive leaders with tools to create and nurture equitable and inclusive cultures.
History to Learn
On the Life and Legacy of Black Journalist Louise Lomax, By Joshua Clark Davis
Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire, By Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel
Chronicling Stankonia, The Rise of the Hip-Hop South, By Regina Bradley
Magema Fuze: The Making of a Kholwa Intellectual, by Hlonipha Mokoena
Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Home Ownership, By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Poets to Add to Your Reading List
*If there is a poet you want on this list please feel free to share