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Black Lives Matter: Start

Connecting on Social Media

Social media in general, and Twitter in particular, continue to play instrumental roles in sharing information, facilitating organizing and providing means for discussing or commenting (sometimes heatedly) the issues at hand. Here are some hashtags and accounts to follow.

Racism & White Privilege

Resources for encountering and exploring white privilege and the legacy - and continued presence - of racism.

Teaching Resources

For classroom instructors, we have gathered several recommended resources for discussing Ferguson in the classroom and beyond.

Black Lives Matter

photo by Daniel Arauz


The Black Lives Matter movement challenges the systemic racism and violence faced by African Americans. Specifically the movement began and grew out of multiple instances where unarmed Black men, women and even children were killed at the hands of police. In many cases, the perpetrators were acquitted or never charged in the first place. Officially, Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based national organization founded by community organizers Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi after the death of Trayvon Martin, although the term is also applied to the broader movement (sometimes also called the Movement for Black Lives).  

The Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library has culled a variety of resources to help you explore various facets of these complex and significant issues. We will strive to keep this guide as up-to-date as possible. If you have resources to suggest, questions about the guide or comments related to the resources presented here, please feel free to email Associate Professor Julie Gilbert, whose contact information can be found in the box to the right.

Start Exploring Black Lives Matter

Get Involved

Want to help dismantle institutional racism? Here are some places to get involved.

Black Lives Matter Soundtrack

If you are Spotify listeners, sign in to listen to the Black Lives Matter soundtrack.


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We would like to acknowledge the Ferguson Resources page created by librarians at the University of Arizona Libraries for inspiring us to create a similar guide at Gustavus.

We also recommend the guide prepared by librarians and faculty at State University of New York New Paltz.

Michael Brown & Ferguson

Explore these resources to gain a fuller picture of the shooting death of Michael Brown, the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson and further background about the racial disparities that affect Ferguson, MO and similar towns.

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