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.

How We Fight For Our Lives

Haunted and haunting, How We Fight for Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age memoir about a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears.

Saeed Jones


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.



The Movement for Black Lives

Black lives matter. The Movement for Black Lives formed in December of 2014, was created as a space for Black organizations across the country to debate and discuss the current political conditions, develop shared assessments of what political interventions were necessary in order to achieve key policy, cultural and political wins, convene organizational leadership in order to debate and co-create a shared movement wide strategy.

The Movement for Black Lives


Black History Month Resources

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

Various Sources

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.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture Library


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

Lift Every Voice and Sing by Lee Anderson

Listen to this beautiful rendition by Lee Anderson.

The Movement of Black Lives

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

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

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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