Image: From "Lemonade," by Beyoncé, via Giphy.com
After the launch of Beyonce's groundbreaking visual album Lemonade, Candace Marie Benbow took to Twitter with a vision. She put out an ask for Black women of all ages and disciplines to share readings, art, media, etc. that either came to mind or would be in conversation with each other when listening to the album. Out of that conversation came the #LemonadeSyllabus. 100% free, readable, downloadable and/or printable, the syllabus is an important compilation of readings and media covering a range of topics from Black Feminist Theory to African spiritualities.
Created by Jenny Ferretti of the Maryland Institute College of Art's Decker Library. The LibGuide includes cultural and literary references, Warsan Shire's poetry from the album and articles that both contextualize and converse with the album.
Black and Pink's Prison Abolition Syllabus
Black & Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. The following is a syllabus for a course on Prison Abolition that was co-taught by the founder of Black and Pink, Jason Lydon. This collection of readings is intended as a primer for readers on the creation and function of the US prison industrial complex. Access to all of the listed readings are provided on the website.
Eqbal Ahmad Symposium Reading List
Authors, ancestors, activist groups, and organizations referenced by Charlene Carruthers, Dr. Khalil G. Muhammad, and Cara Page (88F) during their talks at the 19th Annual Eqbal Ahmad Symposium at Hampshire: Life in a Penal Democracy: Race, Policing, and the Limits of Liberal Reform & Resisting Racial Violence: Making Our Communities Safe
The Google Doc was created by teachers and librarians after the Pulse Club massacre in Orlando, Florida in August, 2016. It features a plethora of information. Some features include info on self-care, academic articles, fiction and TV/movie lists.
Radical Political Action Reading List
This reading list comes from the Reclaim Harvard Law study group, and was published alongside the "Black Study, Black Struggle" forum in the Boston Review. The list is informed by the group's commitment to an intersectional approach to liberatory struggles against all forms of oppressions.
The Standing Rock Syllabus