Moving Forward with Black Futures 

Monday, February 28, 2022
The month dedicated to celebrating the promise and light of Black Futures is ending, but the work toward Black freedom and liberation continues. In that spirit, we would like to highlight the following resources and ideas to help you keep learning, supporting community and fighting anti-Black racism and oppression. 
Watch former ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeffery Robinson’s new documentary, “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America.” As state lawmakers across the country are passing and introducing classroom censorship laws, chilling teachers and students from teaching and learning about race and gender, Robinson calls on Americans to dive deeper into their nation’s history of white supremacy. More than 50 years after the unprecedented racial justice gains of the Civil Rights Movement, the United States has arrived at a new moment of racial reckoning. “Once again, we are a tipping point,” says Robinson. “And the question [is]...what are we going to do about it?” 
Reflect, with ACLU of Washington’s Executive Director Michele Storms, on the multiple ways that “Black people and allies are shining a light on historical truths, and then shining their lights on solutions and genuine belonging for all.” 
Read this list of books featuring important and timely volumes that challenge, inform, educate, and inspire as we continue to work toward a more equitable future for all. 
Support local Black-owned businesses around the state. Businesses we have partnered with include Central Café and Juice Bar in Seattle’s Central District, Calypso Kitchen in Bellingham, Southern Girl Delights in Vancouver, and Fresh Soul in Spokane. You can support Black-owned restaurants during Black Restaurant Week (Feb 25 - Mar 6) and find additional Black-owned businesses to support through these resources: Black Business Directory, the Intentionalist, Black In Business, and Support Black Owned.