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17 Things To Read And Watch To Get You Through This Day

Call it Trump therapy.

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1. Read Letter From a Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr.

"Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself."

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3. Read Land Where My Father Died, a poem by Fatimah Asghar

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“land that calls my women backwards & calls itself savior land that flattens cities & says homeland security land that built the first bomb & the last land that killed my father land that made me orphan of thee I sing.”

4. Watch the cast of The Color Purple sing the title track.

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It starts at the 1:35 mark.

5. Read "Ain't I A Woman," a speech by Sojourner Truth.

“If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get it right side up again!"

7. Read "América," a poem by Richard Blanco.

"None of the black and white characters

on Donna Reed or on Dick Van Dyke Show

were named Guadalupe, Lázaro, or Mercedes.

Patty Duke’s family wasn’t like us either—

they didn’t have pork on Thanksgiving,"

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8. Watch "For Those Who Can Still Ride Airplanes," by Anis Mojgani.

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"For in a world of fast faces, I’m looking for God everywhere, /

trying to figure out a little better this little thing he made called a man."

9. Watch Lin Manuel Miranda's Tony Award acceptance speech.

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"When hate and fear seem stronger, we rise and fall and light from dying embers remembrances that hope and love last longer."

10. Read Ursula K. Le Guin's National Book Awards speech.

“Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom — poets, visionaries — realists of a larger reality.”

11. Watch Xenia Rubinos sing "Mexican Chef."

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"Brown walks your baby

Brown walks your dog

Brown raised America in place of its mom"

12. Read "Allowables," a poem by Nikki Giovanni.

“Was only a small

Sort of papery spider

Who should have run

When I picked up the book

But she didn’t

And she scared me

And I smashed her

I don’t think

I’m allowed

To kill something

Because I am

Frightened”

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14. Read "An Open Letter To My Sister, Angela Y. Davis," by James Baldwin.

"The enormous revolution in black consciousness which has occurred in your generation, my dear sister, means the beginning or the end of America. Some of us, white and Black, know how great a price has already been paid to bring into existence a new consciousness, a new people, an unprecendented nation. If we know, and do nothing, we are worse than the murderers hired in our name."

15. Read "Sharks In The River," a poem by Ada Limón.

"Sharks are people too.

Sharks are people too.

Sharks are people too."

17. Donate to a cause you believe in.

It's hard to feel like your voice matters right now, but you can still support organizations doing meaningful work. Here's a list to consider.

Tomi Obaro is an associate culture editor for BuzzFeed and is based in New York.

Contact Tomi Obaro at tomi.obaro@buzzfeed.com.

Hannah Giorgis is a Culture Writer for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Hannah Giorgis at hannah.giorgis@buzzfeed.com.

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