Call for Papers: Special Issue on Black Lives Matter

Oct 23, 2017

Hello everyone,

We are excited to announce that we are co-editing a special issue of Community Psychology in Global Perspective devoted to the connections between Black Lives Matter and Community Psychology. We will be accepting papers through January 15th, 2018 and expect to publish the issue in October/November, 2018. Please review the below call for papers and consider submitting your work.
Students, faculty, practitioners, and activists are encouraged to submit.
Please distribute the call to other interested networks. If you have any questions you may email us at or
Dominique and Allana

Call for Papers: Black Lives Matter in Community Psychology


Important Dates

January 15, 2018: Deadline for paper submission



Dominique Thomas, Georgia State University, USA

Allana Zuckerman, Georgia State University, USA


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. Guiding principles of CP
      1. Values
      2. Beyond individual level
      3. Appreciating diversity
      4. Embracing social change
      5. Strengths perspective
    2. 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. What does it mean to use theories created and normed by White men?
    2. 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 January 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 ( 



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