A Collection of Creative Resources in Support of Black Lives Matter
Recommendations for reading, listening and watching and how to support Black designers. Over the last few weeks many people have taken to the streets across the US, the UK and other parts of the world in protest of racial abuse and inequality that has led to the death of many and left countless fearing for their lives. The situation has become impossible to turn a blind eye to these events happening in our own cities. Marvel stands in solidarity with black communities around the world against racism, white supremacy, discrimination, injustice and oppression. We also recognise that we can all do better. Going forward we will use our marketing channels to feature profiles and talent of BIPOC designers and from BAME backgrounds on a more regular basis – if you are interested in being featured, please leave your details in our Typeform. As we build awareness into our company culture, we will also have themed months open for discussion and learning. Movements such as the Black Lives Matter and others are often embraced and empowered in times of tragedy, but it shouldn’t just be the only time that we should explore and seek an understanding of the persistent victimhood of people of colour. These events shouldn’t be moments as this implies that they are far more fleeting than actuality. If you’re looking to expand your education and or improve your allyship, we’ve rounded up some resources that offer explanations and observations from every angle. Books There is something powerful about long-form storytelling that you can’t get from any other medium. If you are looking to order any books, we recommend that you shop from small and independent bookstores as opposed to buying from Amazon or larger chains, in light of the COVID-19 crisis. The African American Literature Book Club has an extensive list of black owned bookstores in the US. If you live in the UK, then have a look at Stylist’s or Bustle’s lists of bookstores. If ebooks or audiobooks are more your thing then try Kobo or your local library. Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates Coates weaves a personal narrative with reportage to explain racism in America – in history and as it exists today. Breathe: A Letter to My Sons | Imani Perry An autobiography that explores coming of age as a Black person in current-day American and speaks of the challenges of parenting black children in an unjust world. Hood Feminism | Mikki Kendall A collection of critical essays that explores modern day feminist movement, its blind spots and its failure to secure equality for all women. How to be an Antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi An instruction manual explaining why being neutral is not an option and to stand against racism, we have to be actively anti racist. Me and White Supremacy | Layla F. Saad An engaging book that takes readers on a journey of the many layers of white supremacy. It presents each chapter in bite-sized lessons which the readers can reflect and engage in essential conversations with friends and family members. When They Call You a Terrorist | Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Asha Bandele A poetic and powerful memoir about the founding of Black Lives Matter – a movement that demands justice for all. » Read More
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