Black Lives Matter in Community Psychology


Dominique Thomas, Georgia State University, USA

Allana Zuckerman, Georgia State University, USA

Important Dates

February 15, 2018: Deadline for paper submission

Theme of the Special Issue

The #BlackLivesMatter movement emerged after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his killer George Zimmerman. Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza created this call as an affirmation of Black lives in the face of oppression and systemic racism (Garza, 2014).  The movement has since come to encapsulate the fight against systemic oppression and structural violence faced daily by members of the Black diaspora.  Originally a hashtag, it has now grown into a coalition of organizations (including the original Black Lives Matter Network) collectively known as the Movement of Black Lives. Scholars from various fields have begun examining this movement, yet there is little research in the field of psychology. For example, a PSYCHinfo database search yields less than 30 results. Nonetheless, social media and internet connectivity have propelled the awareness and platform for this 21st century movement. Given community psychology’s focus on social justice, activism, and change, we have a unique opportunity to learn from #BlackLivesMatter and the current societal discussion on systemic oppression.

The goal of this special issue is to ignite discussion around several key questions regarding what we can learn from the Black Lives Matter about social change and activism and how community psychology can be used as a tool to advance the Movement for Black Lives. We hope to initiate a push towards more research and work in this area as well as giving a space to those who are doing this work.

We encourage papers from scholars, educators, practitioners, and activists. Potential topics of interest include (but are not limited to)

  1. “Pre-history” of Black Lives Matter
  2. What is the value of community psychology in understanding the Black Lives Matter movement? Which guiding principles and orienting concepts are most appropriate to consider?
    1. i.     Guiding principles of CP
      1. Values
      2. Beyond individual level
      3. Appreciating diversity
      4. Embracing social change
      5. Strengths perspective
    2. ii.     Orienting concepts of CP
      1. Stress and coping
      2. Prevention
      3. Empowerment
      4. Resilience
  3. Role of community psychologists in the Black Lives Matter movement?
  4. Participation in Black Lives Matter and other social/political movements for racial justice (Black Panthers, Civil Rights Movement, Black Power, etc.)
  5. How can we look at Black Lives Matter as a framework for a new type of social movement
  6. Do Black Lives Matter in community psychology? In both theory and practice?
    1. i.     What does it mean to use theories created and normed by White men?
    2. ii.     What does it mean to apply these theories to marginalized groups?


Submitted papers should contain original and unpublished work and must be written in English. For non-native speakers, editing of the manuscript by a competent English-speaking editor is requested.

Papers are due February 15, 2018. Early submissions are welcome.

All submitted papers will undergo the journal’s regular peer review process.

Papers must be prepared in full accord with the journal’s Author guidelines and be submitted through the journal portal (

Inquiries regarding topic or scope for the special issue can be sent to Dominique Thomas ( and Allana Zuckerman (

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