Black Lives Matter

Local and national incidents of racial injustice and loss have had a grave impact on the Black community, at NIU and across the country. As part of our response, we've gathered resources in support of our Black community. These resources can help us become more informed, process recent events and move toward healing as a campus and community.

If you would like to suggest additional resources, please email webcommunications@niu.edu. Include the title, author and URL of the resource(s).

This list is inspired by the article by Ashley Aselleke, “29 Movies, Shows, and Documentaries to Watch to Educate Yourself on Racial Injustice.

  • #BlackLivesMatter — #BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.
  • #SAYHERNAME — Focusing specifically on police violence against black women, girls and femmes, #SAYHERNAME advocates for the integration of their stories into the calls for justice and broader policy conversations in regards to police brutality and media representations of police brutality.
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) — There is a reason the ACLU has been one of the leading organizations in the pursuit of justice for decades: “The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.”
  • Black Visions Collective — Black Visions Collective is a black, trans, and queer-led organization in affiliation with the Black Lives Matter Global Network and the official chapter in Minnesota.
  • Chicago Community Bond Fund - The CCBF supports individuals whose communities cannot afford to pay bonds themselves and who have been impacted by structural violence
  • Color of Change — Color of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization today; it works to “challenge injustice, hold corporate and political leaders accountable, commission game-changing research on systems of inequality, and advance solutions for racial justice that can transform our world.”
  • Equal Justice Initiative — EJI is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the U.S., challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. We’ve earned the top ranking from Charity Navigator and won a Skoll Award for our impact on social justice reform.
  • Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness Center — We will radically transform Black Women’s health by creating a world where Black women and girls live long, happy and thriving lives, defined by healthy minds, bodies and spirits.
  • NAACP Chicago Southside/DuPage County  — The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
  • The Freedom Fund — The Freedom Fund secures the release of low-income people held in jail or immigration detention simply because they can’t afford bail, with a focus on LGBTQ+ individuals.
  • The Marsha P. Johnson Institute — This organization was set up in honor of Marsha P. Johnson, a black trans woman who was prominent in the Stonewall uprising of 1969 and would go on to be a seminal part of the fight for LGBTQ+ equality. Specifically, this fund seeks to support the black trans community.
  • Transgender Law Center — Transgender Law Center changes law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.
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