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June 5, 2020

Black Lives Matter Resources


Activism comes in many forms. We champion the written word not only as a tool of self-expression, but a tool of protest. We are committed to honoring the voices of our young people, many of whom experience the racism of our world firsthand. 826CHI staff is humbled and honored to support Chicago's next generation of leaders as they write, dream, and publish their experiences to inspire all who read an 826CHI publication.

Stay aware, stay active, and help support Black owned businesses, Black thought leaders, and all who are supporting the fight for justice and equality. Take care.

Support Community Organizations

Participate in Calls to Action

Sign a Petition

Send an Email

Send a Text

  • Text DEFEND to 90975
  • Text FLOYD to 55156
  • Text JUSTICE to 668366
  • Text ENOUGH to 55156


Order Food From a Local, Black Owned Restaurant

In Bronzeville

  • Uncle Remus
  • Cleo’s Southern Cuisine
  • Dock’s Fish
  • Pearl’s Place
  • Friistyle
  • SomeLike It Black
  • Truth Italian Restaurant
  • Shawn Michelle’s

In Hyde Park

  • Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat
  • Soul Shack
  • Litehouse Whole Food Grill
  • Mikket’s Retro Grill
  • B’Gabs
  • Sip and Savor
  • Exquisite Meals
  • Jerk 48

In Humboldt Park

  • Turkey Chop
  • Macarthur’s Restaurant
  • The Licking
  • Flavors Southern Kitchen
  • Justice of Pies
  • Bro-In-Laws BBQ
  • Long Room Chicago

In West Town/Wicker Park

  • Soule
  • Mr. Brown’s
  • Ina Mae Tavern
  • Frontier
  • Crazy Bird Chicken
  • The Delta
  • Caribella

On the North Side

  • Bettie Lou’s
  • Ras Dashen
  • Batter & Berries
  • Ms. T’s Chicken
  • Irie Jerk Bar & Grill
  • Luella’s SOuthern Kitchen
  • Lizzy J Cafe
  • Demera
  • Tesfa
  • Urban Grill
  • De-Jred Fine Jamaican Cuisine
  • Vee Vee’s African Restaurant
  • Ethiopian Diamond
  • Nigerean Kitchen
  • Mogadishu

On the South Side

  • Brown Sugar Bakery
  • Lem’s BBQ
  • South Side African Restaurant
  • Doughboy’s Chicago
  • Deli King
  • Haire’s Gulf Shrimp
  • The Woodlawn
  • Original Soul Vegetarian
  • Flammin Restaurant
  • Mabes Deli
  • 5 Loaves Eatery
  • The Wrap Bar
  • Lexington Betty Smokehouse
  • Home of the Hoagie
  • Old Fashioned Donuts
  • Andy Sunflower Cafe
  • Flippin Flavors

Listen to a Podcast

  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • The Read
  • Black Girl in Om
  • Go Off, Sis
  • Hella Black Podcast -@hellablackpod

Support Black Businesses

  • @seasonedandblessed - Chicago’s Guide to the Black Food Scene
  • @officialblackownedchicago- Chicago Black-owned business guide
  • @chicagoismyboyfriend
  • @blackpeopleeats
  • Nap Ministry-https://thenapministry.wordpress.com/about/

Use Social Media to Follow Black Activists and Creators

On Instagram

  • @nonamereads
  • @healthyhoodchi
  • @bravespacealliance
  • @audrelordeproject
  • @assatasdaughtersig
  • @myblockmyhoodmycity
  • @blackvisionscollective
  • @colorofchange
  • @knowyourrightscamp
  • @mnfreedomfund
  • @naacp_ldf
  • @reclaimtheblock
  • @blklivesmatter
  • @unitedwedream
  • @campaignzero
  • @museummammy
  • @hellablackpod
  • @r29unbothered
  • @earths_remedies

On Twitter

  • @NonameReads
  • @CommonGroundFND
  • @SemicolonChi
  • @NLGChi
  • @mbmhmc
  • @haymarketbooks
  • @bailfundnetwork

Take Care of Your Mental Health

With a Book

With a Podcast

  • Black Girl In Om- @blackgirlinom
  • Kindred Medicine-
  • Therapy for Black Girls

By Visiting These Websites and Using Their Resources

By Following These Social Media Accounts

  • @diveinwell
  • @sistaafya
  • @therapyforblackgirls
  • @healhaus
  • @inclusivetherapists
  • @thenapministry
  • @ethelsclub
  • @talkspace
  • @calm
  • @headspace
  • @betterhelp
  • @transparentblackgirl


Read and Educate Yourself on the Issues

For White Allies

  • Anti-Racism Resources
  • So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • How to Be an Antiracist  by Ibram X Kendi
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • White Tears, Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

By Black Authors

We recommend purchasing all books through Semicolon, a black owned bookstore located right here in Chicago!