Racial Justice Resource List

Racial Justice Resource List

Racial Justice Resource List
Resources compiled by members of the Spiritual Formation Team


VIGIL: On the anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s death, singer and creator Davóne Tines’s presents a virtual screening of VIGIL, a work of art and a call to action dedicated to her memory, followed by a live conversation. Moderators Davóne Tines and Teddy Abrams (Music Director, Louisville Orchestra) will be joined by Jecorey Arthur (activist, musician, and Louisville Metro Councilperson), Rep. Attica Scott (Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives), and Jessie Montgomery (violinist, composer, and music educator). Tines’s creative process for VIGIL will serve as a catalyst for a discussion of the arts and social justice, and the role of artistic commemorations today. Co-presented by Lincoln Center and Louisville Orchestra.

LSURJ Noon prayers on Wake-up Wednesdays
Virtual Vigils
12:00pm-12:30pm every Wednesday, beginning September 2

• Led by faith leaders from a variety of traditions
• Gathering of intentions, silence and spoken reflections

Streamed Live on the Sowers of Justice Network page: https://www.facebook.com/SOJNLou

• Join live via Zoom or watch recording later at this link.

Meeting ID: 867 0108 5303

United Methodist Church website 

Dismantling Racism: A Service of Lament, Repentance, Communion and Commitment – from the UMC Council of Bishops

The UM Conference is planning some events this summer: https://antiracisteveryday.com/7-day-antiracism-challenge/


The Warmth of Other Suns – Isabel Wilkerson

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – Robin DiAngelo, PhD

Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (King Legacy) Martin Luther King

Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson

So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo     

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

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies – Resmaa Menakem                                                                       

No Innocent Bystanders: Becoming an Ally in the Struggle for Justice  – Shannon Craigo-Snell  Recommended for church or religious groups. Looks at the role of allies in social justice movements and asks what works, what doesn’t, and why.

The Angela Project Presents 40 Days of Prayer: For the Liberation of American Descendants of Slavery  produced by Simmons College

Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion Jonathon Wilson-Hartgrove

How To Be An Antiracist Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race  Debby Irving

Me and White Supremacy – Layla F. Saad, includes journaling exercises that help you delve into your own experiences and beliefs as a way of understanding white culture’s unconscious complicity in supporting white privilege. 

Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care – Dayna Bowen Matthew

Stony the Road, by Henry Louis Gates

Weep with Me: How Lament Opens a Door for Racial Reconciliation, by Mark Vroegop  

Theology and Spirituality:

Jesus and the Disinherited  Howard Thurman

The Cross and the Lynching Tree  James Cone

Living into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America, edited by Catherine Meeks

David Brooks sermon at the National Cathedral on July 4th.

Dan Hamel sermon from Creek Church in Indianapolis on Equality from a Scriptural perspective.

From the Renovare Spiritual Formation Institute:  Suggestions for mixed groups wanting to create safe spaces for discussions about race.  https://renovare.org/podcast/tina-dyer-honest-conversation-about-race  and a webinar with Nathan Foster and Tina Dyer, https://renovare.org/events/creating-safe-spaces-to-have-honest-conversations-about-race

Videos :

“Where Do We Go From Here?”  Two part discussion with black leaders moderated by Oprah Winfrey: 

Interview with Jonathon Wilson Hartgrove author of Slaveholder Religion: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/ordinarymystic/2019/05/jonathan-wilson-hartgrove-on-prayer-action-and-unlearning-racism/.

Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility, talks about why it’s so hard for white people to admit to racism https://youtu.be/h7mzj0cVL0Q

Dr. Robin DiAngelo discusses ‘White Fragility’ (1:23:30)

 “I Just Wanna Live,”  sung by 12 year old Keedran Bryant:

short animated video illustrating racial roadblocks: 

Video by some young descendants of Frederick Douglass: https://youtu.be/NBe5qbnkqoM

Krista Tippett interview analyzing why this moment is different, looking for the good while recognizing the evil, finding help in periods of historical transformation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br66shaiveQ

The Black Church PBS (https://www.pbs.org/show/black-church). This is a new documentary series in two parts of nearly two hours each, written and hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. It is now streaming and can be watched at any time. Consists of well illustrated history up to the present; interviews with historians, church leaders, and others; and visits to many different churches and church services.


13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin documentary) — rent or on Kanopy and Amazon Prime

Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — rent for free in June in the U.S —  Based on the book by Bryan Stevenson

Selma (Ava DuVernay) — rent for free in June in the U.S.

The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — rent for free

When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

King in the WildernessFree on YouTube

The Greatest Debaters (2007) – 
A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school’s first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. Depicts the life of blacks in the American South during the Great Depression. Starring and directed by Denzel Washington – Available on Amazon Prime Video.

Resources for white parents to raise anti-racist children:


Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults

31 Children’s books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance

YA book by Jason Reynolds ,Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X Kend: https://www.amazon.com/Stamped-Antiracism-National-Award-winning-Beginning/dp/0316453692


Parenting Forward podcast episode ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt’

Fare of the Free Child podcast

Integrated Schools podcast episode “Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey”

Poetry Podcast with Tracy K Smith.  Recent episodes feature black poets: https://www.slowdownshow.org/  

Resmaa Menakem, interview with the author of My Grandmother’s Hands on the ON Being podcast with Krista Tippett www.onbeing.org

Code Switch (NPR)

1619 (New York Times)

Learning How to See – a six-episode podcast from Center for Action and Contemplation faculty members Brian McLaren and Richard Rohr, with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis Ph.D. of New York’s Middle Church.

History of American Slavery: From Slate Digital Magazine: podcast on the history of slavery in the US


How White Parents Can Talk To Their Kids About Race | NPR

Teaching Your Child About Black History Month | PBS

Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup from Pretty Good

Article by Jack Jezreel founder of JustFaith

Other Compilations of Antiracist Resources:

Ibram X. Kendi – An Antiracist Reading List (2019) 

Codeswitch list of books, films and podscasts (2020)

A reading list on race for allies who want to do better – WBUR 

Hennepin Public Library – Black Lives Matter Book for Teens 

CNET List: Nonfiction, fiction, children’s books, TV shows

16 books about race that every white person should read (2016)

The limitations of an antiracist reading list (NPR)

Anti-Racism Resource page at www.tarabrach.com  website with talks, meditations, reading lists and other recommendations for content that addresses the suffering of racism in our society

Anti-Racism Resource List from Tara Brach, Ph.D, psychologist, author and teacher of meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening. Website contains talks, meditations, reading lists and other recommendations for content that addresses the suffering of racism in our society.

Scaritt Bennett Center website offering multiple programs and panel discussions on race:  https://scarrittbennett.org/calendar/racial-justice/