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In today’s Electric Speed list, I am sharing projects from BIPOC: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

As a colleague of mine recently wrote (thank you, Iain Broome), being aware of what is happening is not the same as understanding it or doing anything about it. I hope you find some tools and resources here that help.

To support Black Lives Matter, consider these places to donate; I’ve donated to the Equal Justice Initiative.

For the correction, please keep scrolling and read Your Turn.

Be well,

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Here are some of the latest things I’ve found and enjoyed. (I have not been paid to mention any of these resources.)

Bookmark this one: The Conscious Style Guide

What is conscious language? It’s “the art of using words effectively in a specific context”—to be inclusive, empowering, and respectful.

The founder writes, “Because we believe that content and context work together, we avoid a one-word-fits-all approach. Instead, we encourage you to immerse yourself in these ongoing conversations about language so you can come to your own conclusion about what is more effective for you and your audience.”

All in one place, Conscious Style Guide helps you access style guides covering terminology for various communities and find links to key articles debating usage. An invaluable resource.

If you’re looking for an editor, try Editors of Color

Editors of Color is brought to you by Karen Yin, the same person who founded Conscious Style Guide. It offers tools and resources for diversifying your staff and sources. Be sure to take a look at its Database of Diverse Databases.

A list of Black-owned bookstores

In response to the killing of George Floyd, people are seeking information and resources to better understand race, civil rights, and the protests taking place across the country. Black-owned bookstores in particular are seeing surging demand and sales like never before—and the timing couldn’t be better, as Black-owned bookstores are at higher risk for closing during the pandemic than others. Here’s a list of bookstores to consider supporting right now.
Photo by @DemmyBacus

Nappy: stock photography featuring black and brown people

I’ve shared this one before, but it’s worth revisiting. All the stock photos at Nappy are free to use. Photo by Demmy Bacus.
Introduce Yourself With Confidence with Gigi Rosenberg

Next online class: Introduce Yourself With Confidence with Gigi Rosenberg

On Thursday, June 18: A good elevator speech—a concise, compelling description of you and your latest project—is the basis for all your marketing, and connecting the world with your writing. Public speaking coach Gigi Rosenberg will teach you how to distill years of work on a project into a memorable hook that has so many uses: introductions, grant applications, bio statements, press packets, and more. 
Learn more and register

Your turn: Where to find books

In the last issue, I asked you to share a favorite source of book recommendations. One person responded.
  • For inspirational (Christian) books, is ACFW’s website for finding books. One can look up books by title, author and by subject or issue. A good resource. —Ane Mulligan
Here are a few other sources to consider right now: Correction: In my original send, I asked readers to share a book by a Black author that has been unforgettable. For my answer, I offered The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin.

I completely failed at answering my own question. Ursula K. Le Guin is not a Black author. I was living with this mistaken impression until reading a New Yorker profile of her several years ago, but apparently I still can’t get it right, and I am deeply sorry. This is the one thing you don’t want to get wrong in this situation, and I got it wrong.

I hope you’ll allow me to try again: Sula by Toni Morrison. It reshaped my thinking of what a heroine is.


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