Social Justice Resources


As we work together for a more just and equitable society, here is a list of resources to assist us in our work. Also, remember that we are reading The New Jim Crow over the summer and plan to have a book discussion this fall. Contact the church office for more information:

Happy learning,
Fr Chris+

Thanks to Leslie Verner for compiling much of this list.
Click here for her original post.


The Liturgists
Episode 34--Black & White: Racism in America
(If you only have time to listen to one podcast from this list, I would recommend this one. It's nearly two hours, but it's so packed with insight that you'll want to listen again.)

Code Switch: Race and Identity, Remixed
Can We Talk about Whiteness?

On Being (with Krista Tippet)
Michelle Alexander--Who We Want to Become:
Beyond the New Jim Crow

John A. Powell: Opening the Question of Race to the Question of Belonging

The Practice
Stories of Resurrection in Race

Seminary Dropout
Austin Channing Brown

Deidra Riggs on Women of Color Writers, the Church, and More

Jo Saxton on Post-Christendom, Discipleship, and Being a Woman of Color

Michelle Higgins on That Sermon at Urbana
(Here is the talk that this is about: Michelle Higgins)

This American Life
Part I:  The Problem We All Live With

Part II:  The Problem We All Live With 
(On segregation/integration in schools.)

Black Womanhood:

The Recipe: A Reflection on Black Womanhood
by Austin Channing Brown at her blog

4 Things 'LEMONADE' Teaches Us About Black Womanhood
by Courtney Hall Lee at 

What Can I Do:

One Small Square,
by Lisha Epperson for The Mudroom  
(The Mudroom did an entire series on race in June of 2016 that was fabulous.)

What You Can Do Right Now About Police Brutality,
by Ijeoma Oluo for Huff Post Blog  

The Case for Reparations,
by Ta-Nehisi Coates for The Atlantic

Ok, White Folks, Here's What You Can Really Do to Help,
by Pastor Jonathan Brooks  

The Ugly Truth about Diversity at Scraping Raisins 


- Between the World and Me  
- The Cross and the Lynching Tree  
- Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America  
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
- Let Nobody Turn Us Around: An African American Anthology  
- More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City (Issues of Our Time)  
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness  
- The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration  
- Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race  

Online Journals:

Huff Post Black Voices
The Root
Find a long list of news sources here  

Facebook Group:

Be the Bridge  (also a website


Michelle Higgins, Urbana 2015

How Parents Talk to Their African American Sons about Police

On the Web:

Talking to Our Kids about Race:
How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism

Like Me, Like You Kids
(A place to buy toys and decorative items for kids that reflect diversity. From the site: "Our hope is to curate beautiful products that allow children of color to see themselves in the art, books and toys they interact with daily. We also hope that children of all shades would grow up appreciating the gift of diversity - like me, like you.")  

Raising Race Conscious Children 

12 Books Featuring Black Fathers (for all ages)

28 Black Picture books that Aren't About Boycotts, Buses, or Basketball

50+ Picture Books about Mixed Race Families

In the Church:

Why Jesus' Skin Color Matters,
by Christena Cleveland for Christianity Today

It's Not a Multicultural Church if...
by Starlette McNeill at Raceless Gospel

When Christians Won't Say #BlackLivesMatter
by Kevin Wright at Huffpost 

Understanding White Privilege:

How White Privilege Affects 8 People of Color on a Day-to-Day Basis, by Paige Tutt for Bustle

I'm White, but I Married the Son of a Black History Icon--And This is What I Discovered about Color, by Cara Meredith at For Every Mom 

On a Plate: A Short Story about Privilege

The Problem with Saying 'All Lives Matter,'
by Tyler Huckabee for Relevant Magazine 

When You're Accustomed to Privilege, Equality Feels Like Oppression, by Chris Boeskool for Huffington Post

White Privilege, Explained in One Simple Comic
(language alert!) 

White Privilege: Lessons from a White Mama of Black Children by Christy Richardson at Elephant Journal

White Privilege and What We're Supposed to Do About It, by Kristen Howerton at her blog, Rage Against the Minivan

(This checklist is used all over the country in college classes to teach about white privilege). 

White Fragility:

Why White People Freak Out When They're Called Out About Race,
by Sam Adler-Bell for Alternet

"Dear White People, I wish you knew...":

The Heartbreaking Reality of Raising Black Children in America,
by Jacalyn Wetzel for the Huffington Post

I Used to Lead Tours at a Plantation. You Won't Believe the Questions I Got about Slavery, by Margaret Biser for Vox

On Race, Rights & Raising a Black Son: An Interview with Rachel Yantis at Scraping Raisins

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Why White Moms Need to Care about Murdered Black Children, by Danielle S

Ten Things White People Need to Quit Saying,
by Melody Moezzi for Huffington Post  

To the White Parents of My Black Son's Friends,
by Maralee  

People/Blogs to Follow on Twitter or Facebook:

These voices--both white and people of color--are bravely speaking out about racism in our country.  If you subscribe to their blogs, follow them on Twitter or "like" their pages on Facebook, then you'll be sure to always be kept abreast of the latest that is going on in the African American community.
*=active on Twitter 
**=active on Facebook

**A Musing Maralee
Austin Channing Brown 
*Broderick Greer  
*Shay Stewart-Boulay/Black Girl in Maine
Danielle S/Mamademics
Deidra Riggs
Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil
Drew G. I. Hart  
*Jasmine Banks
Jennifer/Baby Making Machine  
Jo Saxton
Jon Greenberg
Judy Wu Dominick
**Kristen Howerton/Rage Against the Minivan
Lisha Epperson
**Latasha Morrison

Additional Lists of Resources:

- Racial Reconciliation Resources (from First Free Church, Chicago)
- The Prayer of Lament: What To Do When We Don't Know What To Do by Ruth Haley Barton
- Resources I Find Helpful for Racial Reconciliation
by Annie F. Downs
How to Feel Free by Nikki for The Peace Notes
Created for Pause by Kitty Hurdle
When It Feel Like the Darkness is Winning
by Erin Ulerich