Racial Justice Resources

Racial Justice Resources

We invite you to explore this list of resources as together we work to learn more about the complex issues surrounding racism. This is by no means an exhaustive list and we will continue to update it as we discover new resources that you may find helpful.  Here's what you can find on this page:

     + Resources for Children and Youth

     + Worship Resources

     + UMC Baltimore-Washington Conference Resources

         BOOKS:

     + Fiction

     + Non-Fiction

        MOVIES:

    + Movies Directed by Ava DuVernay

    + Documentaries

    + Other Movies

 

 

For Children and Youth:

Books to Support Talking with Children About Race
https://www.embracerace.org/resources/20-picture-books-for-2020

Explore Topics in Talking about Race with Kids -a Discussion Guide
https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/audiences/parent-caregiver

 

Worship Resources:

From Lament to Prophesy: A Litany for Black Lives by the Princeton University Office of Religious Life 
https://youtu.be/xQLr_mGNVH8

Dismantling Racism: A Service of Lament, Repentance, Communion and Commitment by the United Methodist Church
https://www.umc.org/en/content/dismantling-racism-service-of-lament

Daily Prayers for Anti-Racism through the Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church
https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/articles/praying-for-change-daily-prayers-for-anti-racism

Weekly Scripture, Prayers and Meditations on Racism from the National Council of Churches
https://nationalcouncilofchurches.us/topics/weekly/

 

From the Baltimore-Washington Conference:

Racial Justice resources from the Baltimore-Washington Conference

 

Read fiction:

The Bluest Eye  
by Toni Morrison

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

Americanah
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 

Read non-fiction:

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
by Austin Channing Brown

Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Cross and the Lynching Tree
by Dr. James Cone

How to Be an AntiRacist
by Ibram Kendi

Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
by Ibram X. Kendi

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
by Richard Rothstein

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
by Isabel Wilkerson

 


NOTE, if purchasing books:  list of Black-Owned bookstores

 

Watch movies from director Ava DuVernay:

13th

In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze America’s skyrocketing prison population and the criminal justice system’s disparate impact on African Americans.

Selma
A 2014 historical drama film based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches initiated and directed by James Bevel, and led by Martin Luther King Jr., Hosea Williams, and John Lewis.

When They See Us (Netflix series)
Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.


Watch documentaries:

I Am Not Your Negro
Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter.

Reconstruction, America After the Civil War
Henry Louis Gates Jr. presents a vital new four-hour PBS documentary series on Reconstruction: America After the Civil War. The series explores the transformative years following the American Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of profound loss, massive destruction, and revolutionary social change.


Watch other movies:

Fruitvale Station
Directed by Ryan Coogler, this Sundance award-winner follows the true events of a 22-year-old loving father and beloved son on the last day of his life before being fatally shot by police on New Year’s Day 2009.

Harriet
Directed by Kasi Lemmons, based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, HARRIET tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

Just Mercy
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, “Just Mercy” is based on the true story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his history-making battle for justice. It tells the story of his years battling for people in Alabama wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation.