Where Do I Start?
If you are brand new to the work of racial justice and reconciliation, start with these books:
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson *
- Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison *
If you want to study what the Bible says about justice, this Bible study can be used as an individual or in a group:
If you're ready to start taking action, these resources will help you have practical and theological frameworks for the work:
- Roadmap to Reconciliation by Brenda Salter McNeil *
- Prophetic Lament by Soong-Chan Rah *
If you have some knowledge of the history of race in America and want to fill in some of the gaps in your understanding, we recommend these resources:
- The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby *
- Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
- The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
- Seeing White podcast series
- 13th - A Documentary
If you would like to understand your racial identity or what it means to be in the racial group assigned to you, read these books:
- White Awake by Daniel Hill *
- Why Are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum
If you are a parent and want to be equipped to teach and talk with your children about race, these resources will help:
- Embrace Race – a website devoted to equipping parents to raise children who are thoughtful, informed, and brave about race. You'll find articles and webinars on their resources tab covering a wide variety of topics.
- Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story About Racial Injustice by Celano, Collins, and Hazzard
If you want to learn more from trusted organizations working on racial justice and reconciliation, explore these websites:
- Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. Read their reports on slavery, lynching, and segregation to learn more about the history of race in America.
- Be the Bridge empowers people and culture toward racial healing, equity, and reconciliation. They primarily operate from a Christian perspective. The website includes a variety of resources and educational opportunities as well as suggestions on how to take action in light of recent events.
* These books are written from a Christian perspective.