Black Lives Matter Organizing Resources

For Our Future Florida’s mission is to mobilize and empower people and community-based organizations to drive real change and advance our shared progressive agenda. We support racial justice, and we’re working every day to ensure that Florida works for all, not some. 

Join us in taking direct action to root out racism, support organizations and causes that work directly with and support the Black community, and help uplift the voices of Floridians. Silence costs lives, and it’s on all of us to join the fight for justice.

We will be updating this page with additional resources as they become available.

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In honor of Black History Month, For Our Future FL is partnering with organizations around the state to provide food relief to communities in need during this nationwide pandemic.

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Organizations to Follow

We are proud to partner and support organizations across Florida that work directly with and support the Black community. Here are some organizations that are doing important work around the state:

  • NAACP Since 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has organized to eliminate race-based discrimination and expand equality in politics, education, economics, and so much more.
  • FL Rising is a people-powered organization made up of members advancing economic and racial justice across Florida.
  • Color of Change is working to challenge injustice, hold leaders accountable, and build power for Black communities.
  • Dream Defenders is organizing Black and Brown youth to build power in our communities to advance a new vision we have for the state. Find their FL chapters here!
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation is a no-profit organization based in Jacksonville, FL that’s dedicated to preserving the legacy of MLK and the Civil Rights movement.
  • Florida Rights Restoration Coalition is a grassroots, membership organization run by returning citizens (formerly convicted persons). The coalition is dedicated to ending the disenfranchisement and discrimination against people with convictions, and creating a more comprehensive and humane reentry system that will enhance successful reentry, reduce recidivism, and increase public safety.

Black-owned Businesses in FL

One of the best ways to support the Black community is to support Black-owned businesses. Here are some of the businesses our team loves:

Anti-racism Education

Educating ourselves on America’s history of racism is one way we can take steps to undo the damage that systemic racism has inflicted on yesterday and today.

Reading anti-racism literature is a great way to deepen your anti-racist journey, but also make room to support and uplift work by Black educators, activists, and creatives. Find some anti-racist literature here and popular books by some talented writers here.

Black History Month:
Black Leaders in FL to Know

Black and white stoic image of Josiah Thomas Walls, with a quote that reads "We demand that our lives, our liberties, and our property shall be protected by the strong arm of our government."
Josiah Thomas Walls was born into slavery in Winchester, Virginia. Overcoming deep political divisions in the Florida Republican party,Josiah Walls became the first Black person elected to Congress in Florida. When he was not fiercely defending his seat in Congress, Walls fought for internal improvements for Florida. He also advocated for compulsory education and economic opportunity for people of all races.
Tallahassee bus boycotts with a caption that reads "Two FAMU students, Wilhelmina Jakes and Carrie Patterson, sat in the 'whites only' section on a Tallahassee bus, spurring the Tallahassee bus boycotts of 1956."
Wilhelmina Jakes and Carrie Patterson were two Florida A&M students who sat in the “whites only” section on a Tallahassee bus, spurring the Tallahassee bus boycotts of 1956.
Picture of Joe Lang Kershaw in the Florida legislature, holding up a framed certificate and speaking into the microphone. The quote on the image reads "If they won't let me study law, at least I'm going to see if I can make some laws."
Joe Lang Kershaw was acivics teacher and the first Black legislator in Florida since Reconstruction. Kershaw served as a Democratic House member from Dade County for 14 years (1968–1982). His most famous issue was “Axe the Cane Pole Tax,” which succeeded in reversing a state tax on cane pole fishing, a popular form of African-American recreation and food supply.
Gwen Cherry is standing up in the Florida legislature, her hands are in the air, and her thumbs are pointing downward. There is a quote on the image that reads "I've taken an aggressive stand for women's liberation."
Gwendolyn Sawyer Cherry was the first Black woman elected to the Florida legislature and was also Dade County’s first Black female attorney. After careers as a teacher and a lawyer, Cherry was elected to the Florida House in 1970. She introduced the Equal Rights Amendment there in 1972, chaired the state’s committee for International Women’s Year in 1978, and co-authored Portraits in Color.
Carrie P Meek at a press conference with several other figures behind her. The image has a quote that reads "Until we all start to take responsibility, until we do all we can to improve the character of our communities, we'll never break the cycle of violence and indifference."
1024Carrie P. Meek was the first Black woman ever elected to the Florida Senate in 1982. A former track star at Florida A&M, Sen. Meek is noted for her humanitarian causes.

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