10 things to do in August

Use your voice to make a difference. If you’re passionate about being a better ally, please continue to do your research, educate yourself, and speak up against injustice

1. Page-turners

Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World

Many of us are unaware of just how much white privilege affects our lives. Layla Saad created Me and White Supremacy to help us dismantle the privilege, so that we can stop inflicting damage on people of colour, and help others do better, too.

Quercus Publishing, £14.99

2. Out and about

Check-in

It may seem simple, but checking in on your friends and family members at difficult times can mean the world. Ask them how they are doing, and let them know you are there to support them. Standing up to injustice can be tiring and draining, look after yourself, and others, so we can continue the fight.

Follow these tips to get the conversation started

3. Put on a show

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Comedian and bestselling author Trevor Noah hosts the award-winning The Daily Show. During the show, Trevor and his team look at the day’s top headlines through a sharp, reality-based lens. Trevor’s mixture of comedy and thought-provoking stories reaches audiences worldwide.

Search The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on youtube.com

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4. Lend us your ears

‘About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge’

Author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge, created the podcast ‘About Race’ to keep up the conversation around racism, and find out whether things really have changed. Black Lives Matter is louder than it has ever been before, lets keep the momentum going.

Visit aboutracepodcast.com

5. Plugged-in

Alishia McCullough

Alishia is a mental health therapist who uses her platform to speak about Black feminism, race, body justice, and anti-diet culture. Follow her for a mixture of insightful quotes, topical news stories, and her own personal experiences.

Follow @blackandembodied on Instagram

6. Tech Tip-Offs

Change.org

Change.org allows people from all over the world to start campaigns and influence change in their communities. You can sign existing petitions, start your own, and keep up to date with their progress. There are a number of petitions you can sign to support the Black Lives Matter movement, including Justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many others.

Find, sign and share petitions at change.org

7. Square eyes

13th

Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th uncovers the history behind the 13th Amendment, and how this led to the criminalisation of African Americans. Netflix has made the documentary free to watch for non-subscribers in support of Black Lives Matter.

Available on Netflix

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8. Treat yourself

Soapsmith Lavender Hill Bath Soak

Consciously supporting Black-owned businesses is one step you can take towards becoming a better ally. Founder Sam Jameson created Soapsmith products to capture the vibrant culture of London. The Lavender Hill bath soak is full of natural ingredients and essential oils to revitalise the skin, body, and mind.

£25, shop online at soapsmith.com

9. The conversation

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s killer. Their mission is to eradicate white supremacy, and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities. You can help by signing petitions, learning about racism, and donating to the cause. Join the movement.

Find out more about how you can show your support at blacklivesmatter.com

10. Get going

Move for charity

Walk, run, or dance to raise money for a cause that’s important to you! If you are looking for a UK-based charity to support, Stop Hate UK is committed to supporting people affected by hate crime across the UK.

Visit stophateuk.org for fundraising tips