To have to educate yourself about racism instead of experiencing it all your life, in and of itself, is a privilege.

The fight for racial equity is not a fight that can be fought by any one person or race alone, and it's going to take more than a week of listening. It starts with identifying hard truths about our own lives, and the things we've allowed to continue because it was either uncomfortable, or inappropriate to speak up. The world is coming to understanding that the comfort of White people is not worth the lives of Black people, and it's time to start speaking out and showing up for our fellow humans.

I've comprised a list of resources and references of where to donate, where to learn, and how else we can help the Black community as we move forward.

xoxo caitlyn

List of petitions and charities, including bail funds, mutual aid funds, and activist organizations.

Literature, Podcasts, and Courses that dive into un-learning deep seeded racism and white-centered behavior.

Creators, Artists, and Black-Owned Businesses in the bridal industry, as well as vegan and cruelty-free beauty, and Baltimore vegan restaurants.

We want to know this story ends.

We're making The End.

- Yrsa Daley Ward


Petitions to Sign


(you can also sign the White House Petition for Breonna Taylor)

Justice for George Floyd

Justice for Ahmuad Arbery

Justice for Emerald Black

Justice for Tony McDade

Justice for Nina Pop

Justice for Sandra Bland

Justice for Elijah McClain

for more racial justice petitions click here

Sign Black Lives Matter petitions to demand more form the government in regards to the Coronavirus, as well as Racial Data on the Coronavirus.

Sign the Movement for Black Lives’ petition to push elected officials to fight against militarization in communities of color.

Where to Donate

Black Lives Matter

Support the movement for Freedom, Liberation and Justice for Black people, and the ongoing fight to end state-sanctioned violence and end white supremacy.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund : 

Nonprofit Organization servicing criminal justice, economic justice, education, policing, and voting rights.

Act Blue : 

Split a donation between up to 70+ community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organizers.

The Bail Project :

National nonprofit organization that pays bail for people in need.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project :

Provides direct representation for low-income transgender people and transgender people of color.

The Black Trans Advocacy Coalition :

National organization led by Black trans people, dedicated to addressing inequality in health, employment and housing for trans people.

The Loveland Foundation : 

Healing communities of color, especially to Black women and girls. 

The Innocence Project :

Exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustices.

Black Artists + Designers Guild :

Nonprofit organization cultivating the next generation of black artists and designers


Educators & Online Courses

Rachel Cargle : @rachel.cargle 

Public academic, writer, and lecturer. Subscribe to a free 30-day #DoTheWork course, designed to be an eye opener and call-to-action for those who seek to be allies to black women. Also available is her signature lecture on Upacking White Feminism.

The Great Unlearn : @thegreatunlearn 

Curated by Rachel Cargle, The Great Unlearn provides resources and critical discourse to aid in unlearning through a monthly, self paced syllabus and a community of various experts.

Nova Reid : @novareidofficial

Inspirational speaker, campaigner, and writer. Subscribe to her Anti-Racism Guide, and sign up for her online courses on Anti-Racism & White Privilege and Diversity for Small Business.

Rachel Ricketts : @iamrachelricketts

Racial justice educator, spiritual activist, change-maker, healer, and author. Offers several online courses in Spiritual Activism, for diving deep, facing discomfort, and dismantling racist hetero-patriarchy at rates for both BIPOC and White/White-passing. 



Me and White Supremacy : Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor, Layla Saad
Eloquent Rage : A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, Brittney Cooper
Heavy : An American Memoir, Keise Layman
How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
Just Mercy : A Story of Justice and Redemption, Bryan Stevenson
Redefining Realness : My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, Janet Mock
Sister Outsider : Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press Feminist Series), Audre Lorde

So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo

The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

White FragilityRobin DiAngelo

The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
The Next American Revolution : Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century, Grace Lee Boggs

I know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

The Warmth of Other Suns : The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson

The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander

This Bridge Called My Back : Writings by Radical Women of Color


"The Bridge Poem" from This Bridge Called My Back




Code Switch

Lynching in America 

Momentum : A Race Forward Podcast

Intersectionality Matters with Kimberlé Crenshaw

The Groundings : Exploring moments in social justice history from a decolonial lens.

Pod for the Cause : From the Leadership Conference Civil & Human Rights

Good Ancestor 

Nova Reid


DMV Black-Owned Wedding Vendors

Renee Hollingshead Photography : @reneehphoto

Photographer, Washington DC & Florida


Rudney Novaes : @rudneynovaes

Photographer, Baltimore MD

Lynn Dunston Photography : @lynndunston

Photographer, Washington DC & California

Winnie's Bakery : @winniesbakery

Pastry Chef, Columbia MD

Alicia Wiley : @aliciawileyphotography

Photographer, Baltimore MD

Angelica & Co : @angelicacoweddings

Planning, Washington DC & Charlottesville VA

Sugar Taylor : @sugartaylorco

Planning, Washington DC

GetPlated : @getplateddc

Catering, Washington DC

Carrie Coleman : @carriecolemanphoto

Photographer, Charlottesville VA

Full list of  Black-Owned DMV Wedding Businesses on


Photo by Rudney Novaes


Black-Owned Vegan & Cruelty-Free Beauty

Mented Cosmetics : @mentedcosmetics


Beauty Bakerie : @beautybakeriemakeups

Vegan & Cruelty free

Nola Skinsentials : @nolaskinsentials

Vegan, Cruelty free & Clean Skincare

The Lip Bar : @thelipbar 

Vegan & Cruelty Free

Lamik Beauty : @lamikbeauty

Vegan, Cruelty free & Clean

Juvia's Place : @juviasplace

Vegan friendly & Cruelty free

Danessa Myricks Beauty : @danessa_myricks

Cruelty free

Fenty Beauty : @fentybeauty

Vegan friendly & Cruelty free

Pat McGrath Labs : @patmcgrathreal

Cruelty Free

Coloured Raine : @colouredraine

Vegan friendly & Cruelty free


DMV Black-Owned Vegan Restaurants


Caitlyn Meyer is a wedding makeup and hair artist located in Baltimore, Maryland. Caitlyn Meyer provides on location makeup and hair services throughout the Maryland local area, including, Annapolis, Havre de Grace, Ocean City, Westminster, Frederick, Frederick County, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia. Caitlyn Meyer is a professional wedding makeup and hair artist that has been part of the DMV wedding industry for 9 years. She specializes in all bridal beauty, including South Asian weddings, and even engagement hair and makeup. Caitlyn Meyer is pleased to travel for all domestic destinations, and has provided bridal hair and makeup services for brides in Los Angeles & San Fransisco California, Chicago Illinois, the Outer Banks, and Vermont. Caitlyn Meyer has traveled the globe for her clients, servicing brides for their destination weddings in Sweden, Spain, and the Faroe Islands. Caitlyn Meyer is available for all international destination bridal hair and makeup, including Iceland, Sweden, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, and more. Celebrity makeup artist, cruelty free makeup artist, traveling makeup artist, luxury bridal hair and makeup, international bridal hair and makeup artist, destination bridal hair and makeup artist, Eva Longoria makeup artist, vintage glam hair and makeup artist.

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