Exploring Black identities

Here we explore the identifications that determine our governmental, economic and social outcomes.

* This concept remains under construction as we continue to add resources and tools to the field guide. If you have a link or tool to share, please email us at research@upwithcommunity.org and we’ll check it out.

Framework

African American Racial Identity Development

This framework explores the stages and experiences that African Americans sometimes face as they develop of their identities.

Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee
Framework

Racial Identity Development

Learn about the five stages that persons of color may experience when developing a racial identity, as well as the six stages that white people may experience. Another view of this resource is seen here.

Talking about Race, Learning about Racism: The Application of Racial Identity Development Theory in the Classroom
Video

Being 12: "People Think I'm Supposed to Talk Ghetto, Whatever That Is."

Watch some straight talk from New York City middle-schoolers about race and what it’s like to grow up today.

WNYC
Resources

Black History Month Resources

Access endless resources, from information on historical figures to speeches and everything in between.

Various sources
website

BlackPAC

BlackPAC is an independent, Black-led organization that uses the power of year-round political engagement and elections to change our economic, justice, and political systems.

BlackPAC
Website

The National Museum of African American History and Culture Library

The library’s primary mission is to provide support for the research, exhibition, and programmatic endeavors of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It does this by collecting, preserving, and providing access to resources and scholarship in the subjects of African American history and culture.

NMAAHC
Book

Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition by Cedric J. Robinson

In this ambitious work, first published in 1983, Cedric Robinson demonstrates how and why efforts to understand black people's history of resistance solely through the prism of Marxist theory are incomplete and inaccurate.

UNC Press
Media

Lift Every Voice and Sing by Lee Anderson

Listen to this beautiful rendition by Lee Anderson.

The Movement of Black Lives
Media

I Love Being Black

Produced by: Jonathan Lykes / Music by: Jonathan Lykes Lyrics by: Je Nae Taylor / Background vocals: BYP 100 Choir / Video editor: @rxxteddy / Barbershop: L St. Hair Station

The Movement of Black Lives
Media

Healing and Transformative Justice: Imagining Black Feminist/Abolitionist Futures with Adaku Utah, Mariame Kaba, and Cara Page

Watch this discussion on the current moment through the lenses of healing justice and transformative justice, imagining a black feminist future free from state violence, policing, and exploitation.

Goethe-Institut New York
Video

An 'unapologetic' black feminist on accelerating the pace of change

Watch cultural theorist, author and professor Brittney Cooper giving her brief but spectacular take on “eloquent rage.”

PBS: Public Broadcasting Service

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