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RESOURCES FOR BLACK, INDIGENOUS AND PEOPLE OF COLOR (BIPOC)

Be hopeful. Be inspired. Get engaged. Get informed. Stay strong.

JUNETEENTH

What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in GalvestonTexas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. - Historyy.com

TED TALK

When we define racism as behaviors instead of feelings, we can measure it -- and transform it from an impossible problem into a solvable one, says justice scientist Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff. In an actionable talk, he shares his work at the Center for Policing Equity, an organization that helps police departments diagnose and track racial gaps in policing in order to eliminate them. - TED2019

TALKING ABOUT RACE

Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. We are here to provide tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation. Talking about race starts with a personal reflection. - National Museum of African American History & Culture

(BIPOC) MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE GUIDE

"This resource guide is comprehensive; however, not exhaustive. Our hope is that this resource guide will be shared and updated to better understand, treat, and hold space for BIPOC." - (BIPOC) Mental Health Resource Guide

NATIONAL BLACK FAMILY MONTH

"From July 1st to July 31st, it is time to celebrate Black families. During this month, it is time to rededicate yourself to your family and celebrate your connection, heritage and commitment to one another. Families should look to implement progressive and positive changes, connect through old traditions, create new ones, and build through participating in activities that can be continued throughout the year." - Praise 104.1 FM

BLACK AND AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES

"For years, mental health education and awareness in Black communities has been fueled by negative stigmas, racial discrimination in mental health care and a lack of equitable access to resources and services." - Anxiety & Depression Association of America

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR BIPOC

"The way we talk about things can often influence the way we think about them. In the field of mental health, we are familiar with “person first” language. This is language that prioritizes the identity of individuals as human beings with unique experiences and identities over their mental health status. For example, we avoid describing people as “schizophrenics” and instead refer to them as “people with schizophrenia.”' - Mental Health America

BIPOC MENTAL HEALTH FACT SHEET

"According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness ( 52.9 million people in 2020). While People of Color (POC) have rates of mental health disorders similar to Whites, these disorders are more likely to last longer and result in more significant disability for POC." - Gateway to Mental Health Services

MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR BIPOC

"In addition to COVID-19, recent events have brought heightened attention to the specific stressors faced by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, who may be experiencing heightened fear, anger and grief at this time." - Massachusetts General Hospital

 

BLACK HISTORY

Slavery in America started in 1619, when the privateer The White Lion brought 20 African slaves ashore in the British colony of JamestownVirginia. The crew had seized the Africans from the Portugese slave ship Sao Jao Bautista. 

Throughout the 17th century, European settlers in North America turned to African slaves as a cheaper, more plentiful labor source than indentured servants, who were mostly poor Europeans. - History.com

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SYSTEMIC RACISM EXPLAINED

Systemic racism affects every area of life in the US. From incarceration rates to predatory loans, and trying to solve these problems requires changes in major parts of our system. Here's a closer look at what systemic racism is, and how we can solve it. - ACT.TV

 
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BLACK LIVES MATTER

We wanted to provide resources to help you make informed decisions about what's happening in our world today as it relates to racism, injustice, oppression, sociocultural divide, and the list can go on and on. We hope these resources motivate you to get informed, take action, get engaged, and stand together in a positive way.

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BLACK MENTAL HEALTH

"The suicide rate among Black youth has been found to be increasing faster than any other racial/ethnic group. Black adults living below the poverty line are more than twice as likely to report serious psychological distress than those with more financial security. Additionally, members of the Black community face structural racism, leading to barriers to access for the care and treatment they need. Only one in three Black adults who need mental health care receive it." - Suicide Prevention Lifeline

 

RESOURCES FOR BLACK MENTAL HEALTH

Black Emotional and Mental

BEAM

Mental Health for Youth of Color

AAKOMA

Services/trainings for healing racially/ethnically
marginalized people

CENTER FOR HEALTH RACIAL TRAUMA

Black Mental Health Alliance

BMHA

 

MORE RESOURCES TO HELP YOU CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY

National African American History Month in February celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality and deepens our understanding of our Nation's history. -Library of Congress

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SMITHSONIAN LEARNING LAB

The Learning Lab infuses real-world experiences into learning to build lasting knowledge and critical skills that take learners from simply finding resources to thoughtful selection, organization, and creation of new resources. Smithsonian Learning Lab

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NATIONAL ARCHIVES

The Archives holds a wealth of material documenting the African American experience, and highlights these resources online, in programs, and through traditional and social media. - National Archives

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INSPIRING QUOTES

110 Inspiring Quotes for Black History Month: ‘Freedom Is Never Given’

 

MORE INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES & RESOURCES

Be hopeful. Be inspired. Get engaged. Get informed. Stay strong.

50 Racial Justice Quotes and Black Lives Matter Quotes to Inspire Sorely Needed Change - Parade.com

16 Quotes To Remind America That Black Lives Matter - Huffpost.com

The Anti-Racist Starter Pack: 40 TV Series, Documentaries, Movies, TED Talks, and Books to Add to Your List - Parade.com

11 FACTS ABOUT RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
And what you can do about it. - DoSomething.org