Resources

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together"  African Proverb

Also, like I tell people when I take them biking in NYC.  "Just because I cross a street, that doesn't mean it is automatically safe for you to do so.  You have to look out for yourself too."  In that vein, I am not endorsing everything about folks on these links.  I am just saying you might want to check them out.

Communities

Black Christian Collective (Jemar Tisby)
Membership organization of faith-based grassroots efforts (John Perkins)
Membership organization formerly Evangelicals for Social Action (Ron Sider)
Group of Conservative Anabaptists interested in building unity in the Body of Christ around racial issues.

Reading List

    1. Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith by Cannon, Harper, Jackson & Rah Many people have become angry and frustrated with organized religion and evangelical Christianity, in particular. Too often the church has proven to be a source of pain rather than a place of hope. Forgive Us acknowledges the legitimacy of much of the anger toward the church. In truth, Christianity in America has significant brokenness in its history that demands recognition and repentance. Only by this path can the church move forward with its message of forgiveness, reconciliation, and peace. Forgive Us is thus a call to confession. From Psalm 51 to the teachings of Jesus to the prayers of Nehemiah, confession is the proper biblical response when God’s people have injured others and turned their backs on God’s ways. In the book of Nehemiah, the author confesses not only his own sins, but also the sins of his ancestors. The history of the American church demands a Nehemiah-style confession both for our deeds and the deeds of those who came before us.

    2. Generous Justice by Tim Keller It is commonly thought in secular society that the Bible is one of the greatest hindrances to doing justice. Isn’t it full of regressive views? Didn’t it condone slavery? Why look to the Bible for guidance on how to have a more just society? But Timothy Keller challenges these preconceived beliefs and presents the Bible as a fundamental source for promoting justice and compassion for those in need. In Generous Justice, he explores a life of justice empowered by an experience of grace: a generous, gracious justice. This book offers readers a new understanding of modern justice and human rights that will resonate with both the faithful and the skeptical.

    3. Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? by Rev. Martin Luther King In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone, and labored over his final manuscript. In this prophetic work, which has been unavailable for more than ten years, he lays out his thoughts, plans, and dreams for America's future, including the need for better jobs, higher wages, decent housing, and quality education. With a universal message of hope that continues to resonate, King demanded an end to global suffering, asserting that humankind-for the first time-has the resources and technology to eradicate poverty.

    4. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander The book discusses race-related issues specific to African-American males and mass incarceration in the United States, but Alexander noted that the discrimination faced by African-American males is prevalent among other minorities and socio-economically disadvantaged populations.

    5. Under Our Skin: Getting Real about Race, Getting free from the Fears and Frustrations that Divide Us by Benjamin Watson. Can it ever get better? This is the question Benjamin Watson is asking. In a country aflame with the fallout from the racial divide―in which Ferguson, Charleston, and the Confederate flag dominate the national news, daily seeming to rip the wounds open ever wider―is there hope for honest and healing conversation? For finally coming to understand each other on issues that are ultimately about so much more than black and white? (summary from Amazon, featured on Focus on the Family)

    6. Bloodlines: Race, Cross and the Christian by John Piper Sharing from his own experiences growing up in the segregated South, pastor John Piper thoughtfully exposes the unremitting problem of racism. Instead of turning finally to organizations, education, famous personalities, or government programs to address racial strife, Piper reveals the definitive source of hope―teaching how the good news about Jesus Christ actively undermines the sins that feed racial strife, and leads to a many-colored and many-cultured kingdom of God. (Summary from Amazon)

    7. The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby The Color of Compromise is both enlightening and compelling, telling a history we either ignore or just don't know. Equal parts painful and inspirational, it details how the American church has helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices. You will be guided in thinking through concrete solutions for improved race relations and a racially inclusive church.

    8. How COVID-19 Hollowed Out a Generation of Young Black Men ProPublica 

Movies

  1. Ruby Bridges (Family Friendly)

  2. Selma (Intense for children under 15)

  3. The Boy who Harnessed the Wind (12 and up) 

  4. Hidden Figures (Family Friendly)

  5. Just Mercy (Intense for children under 15)

  6. 13th Documentary Netflix YouTube Full Feature

  7. The Help

  8. When They See Us short series 

  9. Loving (family friendly)

  10. The Great Debaters