Black Minds Matter

Black Minds Matter

“Black Minds Matter” 

Presented by Dr. Luke Wood, Ph.D. 

The high-profile slayings of Black Americans: George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and more, have lead to numerous marches, protests, and vigils throughout the nation. The Black Lives Matter movement has shed light on the injustices facing Black communities and has provided a statement of affirmation that Black lives do indeed matter. Dr. Luke Wood, Ph.D. will draw parallels between the ways that Black boys and men are devalued and over-criminalized in society and the ways that they are educated. Tangible solutions for promoting the learning, development, and success of Black males are offered. 

This presentation was originally scheduled as the keynote at CAMFT's conference that was cancelled due the COVID-19 pandemic. CAMFT recognized the importance of presenting this information to MFTs now when therapists are empowered to help their clients talk openly about the profound mental health consequences that racial traumas may have on people within historically oppressed populations.


Dr. Luke Wood, Ph.D. 

Presentation Slides 

How to Respond to Racial Microaggressions When They Occur—R.A.V.E.N. Approach  

Target Practice Short Film 

Project Implicit Test 


  • Black Minds Matter: Realizing the Brilliance, Dignity, and Morality of Black Males in Education by Dr. J. Luke Wood 

  • No BS (Bad Stats): Black People Need People Who Believe in Black People Enough Not to Believe Every Bad Thing They Hear about Black People by Ivory A. Toldson 

  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo  

  • How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi  

  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander  

  • Divided Sisters by Midge Wilson and Kathy Russell  

  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison  

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston  

  • They Can't Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery  

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou  

  • Fatal Invention by Dorothy Roberts  

  • Locking Up Our Own by James Forman  

  • The Miner's Canary by Lani Guiner and Gerald Torres  

  • The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon 

  • Black Womens History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali N. Gross  

  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad 

  • Killing the Black Body by Dorothy E. Roberts 

  • The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter 

  • The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni by Nikki Giovanni