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Mumbi Kwesele's Message to Richmond

By Mumbi Kwesele, 06/19/20, 10:45AM EDT


Photo Courtesy of Jessica Stone Hendricks Photography

To the Richmond community,

I sincerely hope that this message finds you all safe and well.

As I reflect on the past few weeks, I am often lost for words. The deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd are painful reminders that systemic change is long overdue in our country. The demonstrations that we have seen across the United States come from restless and oppressed people who wish to gain access to liberties, rights, and opportunities that have been denied for hundreds of years.

If we truly wish to create meaningful change, it starts from within. We can take steps forward by educating ourselves on the issues that we are faced with. Then, we have a responsibility to make a positive impact in the spaces that we live in. This is why I have compiled a list of educational resources and action steps that can be taken to combat racial inequities and ignorance. My challenge for everyone who sees this message is to read, watch, and listen to the materials below with an open heart and mind.


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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
White Like Me by Tim Wise
How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Full Dissidence by Howard Bryant
Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
Native Son by Richard Wright
The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

Movies and Documentaries

13th directed by Ava DuVernay
Just Mercy directed by Destin Daniel Cretton
I Am Not Your Negro directed by Raoul Peck
When They See Us directed by Ava DuVernay
Fruitvale Station directed by Ryan Coogler
Malcolm X directed by Spike Lee
Selma directed by Ava DuVernay
Glory directed by Edward Zwick
12 Years A Slave directed by Steve McQueen
If Beale Street Could Talk directed by Barry Jenkins