Resist: What’s In a Name?

It’s not enough to have a passion for community change.  Organizers and activists must be surrounded by resources, continuous learning opportunities, and productive energy.  

RESIST as a new idea was born out of numerous frustrating experiences.  As a nonprofit leader, I saw firsthand how complex and exhausting addressing issues in our community can be.  It’s not enough to have a passion for community change.  Organizers and activists must be surrounded by resources, continuous learning opportunities, and productive energy.  

In my work as founder of a literacy-focused nonprofit, Black Men Read, I was in constant search of great reads and inspiring text. However, my shopping experience was nothing short of aggravating.  My attempts to find the books to fuel my work in the Black literacy space were filled with redirects, zero inventory, and something akin to a scavenger hunt where the shopper (me) had to bounce around sections in the back of the store trying to find a book that may be in the store but not on the shelf.

Resist stands for the people who work to struggle against something, those working to build a better tomorrow.  These individuals need to find these resources friction-free and consistently.  It’s hard enough to keep up work that seems to hit dead ends and insurmountable challenges but not having a refill of the required energy or tools would make that work all the more taxing.

Our mission at Resist is to help readers, activists, dreamers, and book clubs find inspiration, new ideas, new worlds, and a spark for change inclusively.  The word “Resist” is a constant reminder to the communities we serve to never be afraid of chasing your dreams, to never be afraid to stand up for what you believe in.  

We strive to serve our community inclusively and consistently and to be a constant support to the big changes our customers desire to make.

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