Black Lives Matter Resources

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Trivers stands with the Black Community – our employees, our collaborators, our contractors, our friends, our family, and our neighbors. We stand in solidarity with the Black Community against systemic racism across 400 years of our nation’s history.

We are duty-bound as architects to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Trivers encourages everyone within our network to do what you can to help, whether its donating, protesting, joining organizations, supporting Black-owned businesses, reading books, listening to podcasts on race and diversity, or having difficult conversations. We promise to do the same.

We must consider how the work we do as designers impacts how we live together, as the events of the last few months have only elevated our understanding of how unsafe our Black Community members are in public spaces, and even their own homes. We must marshal creative design strategies to dismantle privilege and power structures that use design as a tool of oppression.

As part of our ongoing commitment to anti-racism work, we have compiled a list of resources for education and activism. There is a lot of work to be done. “Do One Thing” has become our weekly motto – a call to action for our employees and those in our networks to be allies today and always.

This list is a living document, and we welcome new ideas and resources. Email if you have something to share. 


Amplify Black Voices

Design as Protest |

Equity by Design [EQxD] |


Social Media Accounts

Expect Us St. Louis (Facebook)

@actionstl (Instagram)

@stlactivist (Instagram)

Best Practices, Voices, and Research of Women, Black People, and White Allies at the Intersection of Placemaking and Race | Keith Benjamin @rkbtwo (Twitter Thread)






Action St. Louis |

ArchCity Defenders |

St. Louis Mutual Aid Fund | |

The Bail Project |

Rest for Resistance |

The Organization for Black Struggle |



Black-Owned Restaurants to Support in St. Louis Right Now | FEAST Magazine

Black-Owned Business Directory | STL Black Biz

For the Culture STL | For the Culture STL

Black Woman Owned Bookstore | Elizabeth’s




Campaign Zero |

Mapping Police Violence |

Black History Month Library |



Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, and What We Can Do About It | Mindy Thompson Fullilove

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America | Richard Rothstein

A People’s History of the United States | Howard Zinn

More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States | Imani Perry

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 | Danny Glover, Angela Davis, and Stokely Carmichel

Freedom Is Not Enough: the Moynihan Report and America’s Struggle Over Black Family Life — From LBJ to Obama | James T Patterson

We’re On: A June Jordan Reader | June Jordan, Christopher Keller, and Jan Heller Levi

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism | Edward E Baptist

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race | Reni Eddo-Lodge

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy | Carol Anderson

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement | Angela Y Davis

Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty | Dorothy Roberts

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II | Douglas A. Blackmon

Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America | Melissa V. Harris-Perry

A Black Women’s History of the United States | Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross

Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? | Martin Luther King

From #blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation | Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Counting Descent | Clint Smith

How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America | Kiese Laymon

Letters to the Future: Black Women/Radical Writing | Multiple Contributors

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings | Maya Angelou

The Bluest Eye | Tonu Morrison

The Fire Next Time | James Baldwin

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

The Warmth of Other Suns | Isabel Wilkerson

Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston


Children’s Books 

A is for Activist | Innosanto Nagara

Let the Children March | Monica Clark-Robinson

The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne

Sing a Song: How “Lift Every Voice and Sing” Inspired Generations

Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment

Muhammad Ali

Sonny’s Bridge: Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Finds His Groove

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

Sisters: Venus & Serena Williams

Mr. George Baker

These Hands

Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-ins

My Name is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth

A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream

White Socks Only

The Man who Built A Library

Brown Girl, What Do You See?

The Case for Loving: The Fight fo Interracial Marriage

Steamboat School

Let’s Talk about Race

The Other Side

The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial

Martin Rising: Requiem for a King

Birth of the Cool: How Jazz Great Miles Davis found his sound

Freedom over Me

Ron’s Big Mission

Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

Freedom Bird

I Am Rosa Parks

The Bell Rang

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History



The Pandemic’s Impact on Racial Inequity and Violence Can’t Be Ignored | The Trace

Police brutality is a public health crisis | VOX

Confronting power and privilege for inclusive, equitable, and healthy communities | BMJ Journal

Do All Children Have Places to Be Active? Disparities in Access to Physical Activity Environments in Racial and Ethnic Minority and Lower-Income Communities | Active Living Research

Increasing Diversity in Architecture: Barriers to Entry | Architect Magazine



1619 | Podcast from The New York Times

George Floyd and the Dominos of Racial Justice | The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Youtube)

TED Talks to help you understand racism in America |

Today, Explained | Podcast from Vox

American Police | npr

Systemic Racism Explained |

Code Switch | NPR

The Diversity Gap

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast

Pod For The Cause : From the leadership conference on Civil & Human Rights

Pod Save the People | Crooked Media



12 o’clock boys

10 Documentaries to Watch

The Next Question Talk Show

Killer of Sheep


The 13th | Ava Duvernay

American Son | Kenny Leon

Dear White People | Justin Simen

See You Yesterday | Stefon Bristol

When They See Us | Ava Duvernay

Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap

Time: The Kalief Browder Story

Who Killed Malcom X?


Amazon Prime

Just Mercy



If Beale Street Could Talk | Barry Jenkins

The Hate U Give | George Tillman Jr.

Available to Rent:

Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975

Clemency | Chinonye Chukwu

Fruitvale Station | Ryan Coogler

I Am Note Your Negro | James Baldwin Documentary

Just Mercy | Destin Daniel Cretton

Selma | Ava Duvernay

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution


Tedx Talks

Let’s get to the root of racial injustice

No. You Cannot Touch My Hair!

Black In Bend: Being An Extreme Minority In Suburbia


Additional Resources

Anti-Racism Resources for White People | Google Docs

An Antiracist Reading List | The New York Times

There Are No Urban Design Courses on Race and Justice, So We Made Our Own Syllabus | CityLab

25 Books by Contemporary Black Authors | Penguin Random House

An Essential Anti-Racist Reading List | Vogue

If You Want to Learn About Anti-Racism, These 10 Books Are a Start | Esquire

50 Amazing Books By Black Authors From The Past 5 Years | HuffPost

Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race  | pretty good design