Madelyn Harris, "Black Grief Matters"

African Americans are nearly three times more likely than their white American counterparts to be killed by police, accounting for more than 40% of the victims of police killings nationwide (Bor et al., 2018). The ubiquity of social media and news platforms facilitates widespread viewing and sharing of photos and videos of police brutality against Black Americans. This may be especially pronounced among college students, as over 84% of 18-29 year olds use at least one social media site (Pew Research Center, 2021). Exposure to this violence is associated with negative mental health outcomes among Black Americans (Bor et al., 2018) including heightened stress, depression, and grief and loss reactions (Allen & Solomon, 2016). The intention of this project is to bring awareness to the gap in psychological literature and research pertaining to grief and loss experiences of African Americans as a result of the murders of Black Americans police. A free e-zine based on a comprehensive literature review of how grief disenfranchisement, social support and coping style predict stress, depressive symptoms, and prolonged grief in Black college students as they respond to deaths due to the police brutalization of Black Americans will be distributed as a mode of community support and outreach.