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Improving understanding of racial justice – educational resources

Creative Access joins those across the globe in speaking out in solidarity and to condemn the brutal murder of George Floyd and the many others who have died tragically because of State aggression.

We’ve collated a list of resources for those for those wanting to improve their understanding of racial justice. It includes a collection of articles, links and books, as well as signposting for those who may have been triggered by recent events and need support with their mental health at this time.

Articles and links

Books to read

  • Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala
  • Dark Days by James Baldwin
  • The Heart of the Race, Black Women’s Lives in Britain by Beverley Bryan, Stella Dadzie, and Suzanne Scafe
  • Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri
  • Freedom Is A Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis
  • Why I’m No longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch
  • Your Silence Will Not Protect You: Essays and Poems by Audre Lorde
  • Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga
  • Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World by Layla F. Saad
  • Diversify: An award-winning guide to why inclusion is better for everyone by June Sarpong
  • The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla

Mental health resources

  • If you’re struggling to cope with feelings of anxiety and stress, please speak to your doctor or NHS 111. Many GPs are offering telephone consultations.
  • For urgent support, Samaritans are also here to listen at any time, day or night. Call free on 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website.
  • The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN) share free services on their website.
  • Self-Care Tips for Black People Who Are Struggling With This Very Painful Week by Rachel Miller.
  • 7 Virtual Mental Health Resources Supporting Black People Right Now by Jesse Sparks.
  • Anxiety UK also have a helpline staffed by volunteers with personal experience of anxiety so you will be speaking with someone who has been there. Call them on 08444 775 774 (Monday – Friday: 9.30am – 5.30pm).
  • You can text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger, for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis. If you need urgent help text YM to 85258.
  • Local Minds offers valuable support for yourself and if you’re supporting someone else experiencing difficulties with mental health.

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