We are Black women and lifelong friends committed to the movement for Black lives because it impacts us, our families, and our communities. After the death of George Floyd, we began a purposeful and concerted effort to address the trauma of state-sanctioned murders, the Covid-19 pandemics, and the California wildfires on us and our community in our work. Our effort, grounded in sisterhood, is a quest for collective healing. During our search, we uncovered the complexity of grief over systemic racism and anti-Black hate. This essay is our effort to acknowledge, name, and frame complex grief and its impact on Black people, including ourselves. We detail an intertwined web of grief that has 11 components. We also share the initial upstream solutions we have uncovered in our efforts to collectively heal.
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Norris, A., & Kwanele, B. (2021). (Un)Hidden Grief and Loss Inform the Movement for Black Lives. International Journal of Human Rights Education, 5(1). Retrieved from https://repository.usfca.edu/ijhre/vol5/iss1/9