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Following Black Thinkers



In Advent, we began reading and discussing Elle Dowd's book Baptized in Tear Gas: From White Moderate to Abolitionist with our friends at the Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community. In the book, she recommends that white readers commit to reading only Black voices for a period of time and amplify them on social media. At one of our sessions, we crowdsourced a list of Black thinkers to follow which is curated below.


Why not start off this new year with some fresh voices in your feed and some new books on your shelf?


1Hood

IG: @1hoodmedia FB: @1HoodMedia TW: @1hood

https://blackpittsburgh.com/

The mission of Pittsburgh-based 1Hood Media is to build liberated communities through art, education, and social justice. They recently launched www.blackpittsburgh.com to center news by and for Black Pittsburghers.


Black Liturgies / Cole Arthur Riley

IG: @blackliturgies FB: @blackliturgist TW: @blackliturgist

www.colearthurriley.com

Cole Arthur Riley is a writer, liturgist, speaker seeking a deeply contemplative life marked by embodiment and emotion. She is the founder and writer of Black Liturgies, a project seeking to integrate concepts of dignity, lament, rage, justice, rest, and liberation with the practice of written prayer.


Adrienne Maree Brown

IG: @adriennemareebrown FB: @adriennemaree TW: @adriennemaree

https://adriennemareebrown.net/

Adrienne is the author of Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation, We Will Not Cancel Us and Other Dreams of Transformative Justice, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, and Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds. She is also the co-editor of the anthology Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements with Walidah Imarisha.


Ta-Nahesi Coates

https://ta-nehisicoates.com/

Won the National Book Award for Between the World and Me. Wrote for the Black Panther and Captain America comic book series.


James Cone

Black liberation theologian and author of The Cross and the Lynching Tree.


Justice for Jim Jim

@Justice4JimJim

This account is run by the family and supporters of Jim Rogers, a Black, homeless man who was killed by Pittsburgh Police in October 2021.


Mariame Kaba

TW: @prisonculture

http://mariamekaba.com/

Kaba is an organizer, educator and curator whose work focuses on ending violence, dismantling the prison industrial complex, transformative justice and supporting youth leadership development.


Esau McCaully

IG: @esaumccauleey FB: @esau.mccaulley TW: @esaumccauleey

McCaully is an assistant professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. His research and writing focus on Pauline theology and the intersection of race, Christian identity, and the pursuit of justice.


Resmaa Menakem

IG: resmaamenakem FB: resmaa TW: ResmaaMenakem

https://www.resmaa.com/

Somatic Abolitionism is a living, embodied Anti-Racism practice and culture building that requires endurance, agility, resource cultivation, stamina, discernment, self and communal discipline cultivation, embodied racial literacy and humility.


The Nap Ministry / Tricia Hersey

https://thenapministry.wordpress.com/

IG: @thenapministry FB: @Thenapministry TW: @TheNapMinistry

The “REST IS RESISTANCE” framework and practice engages with the power of performance art, site-specific installations, and community organizing to install sacred and safe spaces for the community to rest together. Immersive workshops and performance art examines rest as a radical tool for community healing. Rest is a form of resistance and sleep deprivation is a racial and social justice issue.


Bree Newsome

TW: @breenewsome

Bree Newsome is an activist. After the Charleston church shooting, she was arrested after scaling the flagpole at the South Carolina state house to remove the Confederate flag "in the name of Jesus."


Layla F Saad

IG: @laylafsaad

www.laylafsaad.com

Layla Saad is an author, speaker & teacher on the topics of race, identity, leadership, personal transformation & social change.


Unfit Christian / D. Danyelle Thomas

IG: @unfitchristian FB: @unfitchristian TW: @UnfitChristian

www.unfitchristian.com

Unfit Christian is a digital platform for progressive faith at the intersections of gender, class, sexuality, and race that equips people to challenge the status quo with tough questions and critical thought concerning religion and church.


Alice Walker

https://alicewalkersgarden.com/

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple.

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