At Awakening Women we strive to use our platform to create change, awareness and conversation around the topic of race. As we humbly begin to educate ourselves, we see the position of privilege we are in as our ongoing practice and duty to hold ourselves accountable and responsible to the cause and solution of dismantling racism.
We are here to listen, to learn, to rigorously question our privilege, to create space for conversation, to recognize our wrongs and wrong-doings, to apologize and to prioritize our impact over intent.
As a part of our continuing education, we offer a list of resources and people that we highly recommend:
People to Follow
:: Rachel E. Cargle ~ Rachel Cargle is an activist, writer and lecturer. Her activist and academic work are rooted in providing intellectual discourse, tools and resources that explore the intersection of race and womanhood.
:: Layla F. Saad ~ Layla Saad is a writer, speaker, podcast host and racial justice advocate whose work explores the intersections of race, spirituality, feminism and leadership.
:: Catrice M. Jackson ~ Catrice M. Jackson is a speaker, author, educator and activist. She is the creator of SHETalks WETalk Race talks for Women and WETalks for Women of Color.
:: Shenee Howard ~ Shenee is a WOC who helps business owners define and articulate what makes them special – creating NO harm in branding. She has built over 30 digital products and classes for women entrepreneurs.
:: Desiree Adaway ~ Desiree is the principal of The Adaway Group – a black-woman-owned consulting firm that brings together multi-racial teams to work on projects related to equity, inclusion and social justice.
:: Erika Hines ~ Erika is the principal and lead consultant at Every Level Leadership. She is a Black Feminist focused on liberation work and social change; a consultant, advisor, strategist, curriculum designer and senior trainer who works with people and organizations to do two things: use diversity to their advantage and leverage leadership across levels.
:: Staci Jordan Shelton ~ Staci is a performance consultant and organizational development professional, she offers sessions and different programs such as: Ascend, Alchemy and Unraveled where she helps you in deep inner work to move towards transformation with truth, transparency, trust, compassion and precision.
:: Margo Stebbing ~ Margo is creating poetic flames writing about her personal and collective of de-centering whiteness and dismantling racism.
:: Ijeoma Oluo ~ Author of ‘So You Want to Talk About Race’
:: Jardana Peacock ~ Jardana is a writer and a spiritual activist. She has worked with thousands of changemakers globally to address trauma through an anti-oppression lens.
:: Skill in Action ~ Michelle C. Johnson
:: So You Think You’re Not a White Feminist? ~ Emma Coleman
:: Author of ‘White Fragility’ Robin DiAngelo Gets Real ~ Alia E. Dastagir
:: When Spiritual Bypassing Meets Racism Meets Gaslighting ~ Camille Williams
:: The Sweet Lull of White Supremacy, or Why White People Hate to Be Called White ~ Irna L. Landrum
:: Unlocking White Supremacy and Fragility in the Wellness Industry ~ Maryam Ajayi
:: For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies ~ Courtney Ariel
:: I Need to Talk to Spiritual White Women About White Supremacy (Part One) ~ Layla F. Saad
:: How to Argue Eloquently and Back Yourself Up With Facts ~ Aida Manduley
Videos / Podcasts
:: ‘Seeing White’ on Scene on Radio (Podcast)
:: 13th – Documentary on Netflix about race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States
(Video – can only stream on Netflix)
:: The United State of Women Summit – a powerful gathering of women and allies from across the country who know their energy and power will break the barriers that stand between women and full equality (Video)
:: SHETalks WETalks Events ~ Catrice M. Jackson
:: Coaching as Activism ~ Andréa Ranae Johnson
:: Everyday Feminism ~ School for Social Justice
:: Hard Conversations: An introduction to Racism and Its Undoings ~ Patti Digh and Victor Lee Lewis
:: Diversity is An Asset ~ Building Inclusive and Equitable Organizations
:: Equity Audit – You Get The Culture You Create ~ The Adaway Group – Desiree Adaway
:: How To Be An AntiRacist ~ Ibram X. Kendi
:: Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation ~ Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens and Jasmine Syedullah
:: Me and White Supremacy ~ Layla F. Saad
:: So You Want To Talk About Race ~ Ijeoma Oluo
:: Practice Showing Up – A Practice Guide For White People Working For Racial Justice ~ Jardana Peacock (Workbook)
:: AWAKE to WOKE to WORK: Building A Race Equity Culture ~ A Project of Equity in the Center (Ebook)
Here are some additional resources offered by anti-racism educator Humaira Falkenberg:
:: Implicit Bias Test—Harvard University: Implicit Association Test (IAT) ~ Take a screen shot of your results and save it
:: Interview with Ijeoma Oluo ~ She explains why empathy for other people’s lived experience is at the heart of the positive racial dialogue in her book “So You Want to Talk about Race” (6 minutes)
:: So You Want to Talk about Race ~ Ijeoma Oluo Lecture (51 minutes)
:: Understanding My Privilege ~ Sue Borrego (12 minutes)
:: Color Blind or Color Brave? ~ Mellody Hobson (14 minutes)
:: White Privilege, Racism, White Denial & The Cost of Inequality (57 minutes)
:: White Fragility ~ Robin DiAngelo (book)
:: White Debt ~ Eula Biss (article)
:: Characteristics of White Supremacy in Organizations from Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups ~ Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun
:: Showing up for Racial Justice ~ A great resource
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