Education is a form of engagement

Make it your practice to explore a variety of materials as you understand the complex history surrounding present day race relations in America. Reading and research better prepares you for being a conversation partner and an ally for change. We encourage you to find new and exciting information as you engage this topic. Here's a list to get you started!

Articles + Essays

Walking While Black by Garnette Cadogan

White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work in Women's Studies (Includes “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”) by Peggy McIntosh

The Marshall Project- a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system.

Dear White Moms by Keesha Beckford

Social Psychology & Spiritual Justice, a blog by Christena Cleveland

film + Video

"3 Ways to Speak English" by Jamilla Lyiscott  

"The Danger of a Single Story" by Chimamanda Adichie

"How to Raise a Black Son in America" by Clint Smith

"Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome" Dr. Joy DeGruy Leary

13th, Ava DuVernay (Netflix)

I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck & James Baldwin

Get Out, Jordan Peele (w/Discussion Piece from Non-Doc)


Code Switch  News from the frontiers of race, ethnicity and culture from NPR

The Liturgists (Episode 34: Black and White Racism in America)


Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High, Kerry Patterson and Joseph Grenny

Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just, Timothy Keller

Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities Into Unity, Wholeness and Justice, Brenda Salter McNeil and Eugene Cho

Sonny’s Blues, James Baldwin

The Idea of Race, Edited by Robert Bernasoni and Tommy L. Lott

The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander

The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois

Welcoming Justice: God’s Movement Toward Beloved Community (Resources for Reconciliation), Charles Marsh and John M. Perkins

Why Are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?  And Other Conversations About Race, Beverly Daniel Tatum

Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America, Tanner Colby

The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead

The Sellout, Paul Beatty