5 Ways of RESILIENCE to Support and Empower

by Dr. Denise O'Neil Green | August 11, 2020 10:00 AM

Double rainbows symbolizing resilience for the 5 Ways of RESILIENCE to Support and EmpowerIt has been over two months since the murder and death of George Floyd, May 25, with the backdrop of a global pandemic and economic shutdown. And the destructive forces and realities of anti-Black racism are just as strong as ever.

For Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color, these forces and the endless fight against them are certainly nothing new. Some have been leading the fight against racism for decades. What is new, however, is the widespread sharing of images, video, and audio content illustrating how little Black lives are valued, if at all. In spite of this, we continue to RESIST and be RESILIENT in the face of white supremacy and anti-Black racism.

Ironically, even in conversations about anti-Black racism, mainstream messages have the tendency to center non-Black people. In today’s video post, my aim is to center us, Black people…African Americans and African Canadians. I offer my Top 5 Ways of RESILIENCE to Support and Empower. (NOTE: The original sharing of my list was broadcast on June 19, 2020 in the “Resistance, Resilience and Support for Ryerson’s Black Community” Ryerson University Alumni Webinar.)

Additionally, I’ve provided my playlist of 7 artists that take me to a good place in a heartbeat (a more extensive playlist of mine was posted on YouTube):

  1. A Long Walk – Jill Scott (Who is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds, Vol. 1)
  2. So Beautiful – Robert Glasper (Live at Capitol Studios)
  3. Tyrone – Erykah Badu (Live)
  4. A Love Supreme – John Coltrane (Full album)
  5. Everything Is Everything – Lauryn Hill (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill)
  6. So What – Miles Davis (Kind of Blue)
  7. Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus) – Le’Andria Johnson (Sunday Best Performance)


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