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At The Charles Group we pride ourselves on collaboration and have taken thoughts from our team about organizations that we can help and what we all can read, watch or listen to—to educate ourselves and others further. This list is below and one that we’ll be continually updating.
Activism is important to us, which is why we’re making personal donations to NAACP, Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, Black Girls Code and the Chicago Community Bond Fund.



Therapy for Black Girls

Therapy for Black Men

Ethel’s Club

HealHaus Wellness Concept & Café

Dive in Well’s workshops

Sista Afya Community Mental Wellness

LOOM – WOC Health Advocacy and WOC doulas

Mama Glow – WOC Health Advocacy and WOC doulas

BEAM – Black Virtual Therapist Network  – Solutions Not Punishment Co.



George Floyd Memorial Fund

Justice for Dion Johnson


The Bail Project 

Black Visions Collective

Black Mamas Matter

The Loveland Foundation 

Campaign Zero

Reclaim the Block 

Black Lives Matter Global Network



The list is extensive but necessary. Support black-owned bookstores as much as possible. Here’s a list of 5.

The Key Bookstore

Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery

Black Stone Bookstore & Cultural Center

Hakim’s Bookstore

Mahogany Books



Letter from a Region in My Mind, James Baldwin
Am I crazy, or is that racist?, Cord Jefferson
Freedom is a Constant Struggle, Angela Davis
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge
Between The World And Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
Assata: An Autobiography, Assata Shakur
How to be an AntiRacist, Ibram X. Kendi
Me and White Supremacy, Layla F. Saad
Sister Outsider, Audre Lorde
Hood Feminism, Mikki Kendall
White Fragility, Robin Diangelo
Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine
The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander
Black Feminist Thought, Patricia Hill Collins
Heavy, Kiese Laymon
Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves, Glory Edim
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, Janet Mock
The Black History of the White House, Clarence Lusane
Carry Me Home: Birmingham Alabama The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution, Diane McWhorter
Reading Rodney King/Reading Urban Uprising, Robert Gooding-Williams
Invisible Man Got the Whole World Watching, Mychal Denzel Smith
Justice in Everyday Life, Edited by Howard Zinn
Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, Martin Luther King Jr.
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Bone by Yrsa Daley Ward
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Sula by Toni Morrison
FOR KIDS – African-American retellings of classic fairy tales by Fred Crump Jr.
The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale
The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century – Danny Glover, Grace Lee Boggs, et al.



13th – Full Netflix Feature
I am Not Your Negro
When They See Us
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
If Beale Street Could Talk
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
America (dir. Garrett Bradley)
Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap – Full Netflix Episode



1619 (New York Times)
Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)
The Systems That Protect the Police (New York Times)
Code Switch
Death Sex and Money – Series “Between Friends”
The Read
The Friend Zone
The Nod
The Secret Lives of Black Women
Hey, girl
Justice in America