Black Lives Matter
By the FPRA Capital Chapter Board
Recent tragic events have brought about a swell of passion and action against racial injustice in our country that is long overdue.
Without discussion and action, our nation’s communities and families will continue to suffer. These are communities that we love — communities that foster treasured memories for our families and friends. These are communities worth fighting for.
The time for change is now. Change in our society begins with changing hearts and minds with education. We are committed to being part of that change by further focusing our approach to our programs, membership, communications, community service, partnerships, student outreach, and other efforts.
Each member of the Florida Public Relations Association signs a code of ethics upon joining. Two of our principles are especially appropriate to guide us during this time: Principle No. 1 states that we must keep the public interest at the forefront of our efforts. Principle No. 2 states that we must “exemplify high standards of honesty and integrity.” It is our duty as professional communicators and FPRA members to advance justice and extinguish racism.
We can be the generation to fully realize racial equality. Real change takes hard work. It takes learning, advocating, acting and holding ourselves and others accountable.
We can do better. We must do better for this generation and the next.
Not sure where to start? Watch Ava DuVernay’s documentary, “13th,” on Netflix, and check out other ideas collected by the FPRA Capital Chapter Board below.
Follow on Social Media
- Instagram: @blklivesmatter , @the.root , @ava
- Twitter: @blklivesmatter , @TheRoot , @ava
- Facebook: @BlackLivesMatter , @theRoot
- 13th (Netflix)
- Whose Streets? (Hulu)
- LA92 (Netflix)
- I Am Not Your Negro (Prime Video)
- Cincinnati Goddamn (Free on Wexner Center for the Arts website)
- Paris is Burning (YouTube)
- The Central Park Five (Prime Video)
- Just Mercy (Prime Video)
- Fruitvale Station (Rent on Prime Video)
- The Hate U Give (HBO)
- The Uncomfortable Truth (Prime Video)
- Selma (Prime Video)
- When They See Us (Netflix)
- Queen Sugar (Hulu)
- If Beale Street Could Talk (Hulu)
- Dear White People (Netflix)
- Atlanta (Hulu)
- We need to talk about an injustice – Bryan Stevenson
- How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them – Vernā Myers
- Don’t be a savior, be an ally – Rayna Gordon
- “Redlining was banned 50 years ago. It’s still hurting minorities today.” (The Washington Post)
- “The federal government created inner-city ghettos with racist housing regulations” (Timeline)
- Systematic Racism Explained (Video)
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
- “What is a microaggression? 14 things people think are fine to say at work — but are actually racist, sexist, or offensive” (Business Insider)
- Why People of Color Need Spaces Without White People
- 12 Ways You Can Be an Activist Without Going to a Protest
- Ending Police Brutality At-Home Family Action Toolkit
- The First Time I Realized I was Black
- Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center
- Center for Racial Justice in Education: Resources for Talking About Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids
- Becoming Trustworthy White Allies
- Racial Equality Tools
- Including Guidelines for Being Strong White Allies
- New Era of Public Safety: An Advocacy Toolkit for Fair, Safe, and Effective Community Policing
- 26 Ways to Be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets
- Further Reading from Black Lives Matter
- K-8 Distance Learning Activities for Justice for George Floyd
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
- Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
- Me & White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- I am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory (Edited by James Oliver Horton and Lois E. Horton)
- Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley
- They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- Not My Idea by Anastasia Higginbotham
- Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
- Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard
- The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
- My Hair is a Garden by Cozbi A. Cabrera
Lists of Black-Owned Businesses
On June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas, with the news that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree. This day came to be known as “Juneteenth,” by the newly freed people in Texas. This momentous occasion has been celebrated for over 150 years.
- From the National Museum of African American History and Culture @NMAAHC : https://s.si.edu/2IrWZWG
- PBS/The Root: What is Juneteenth?