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Anti-Racism: Adults: Past & Present

books, videos, online resources for individual and group study/discussion on racism, antiracism and white supremacy culture

Books

     The Arc of Truth: The Thinking of Martin Luther King Jr.     Asian American Histories of the United States          Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman's Journey with Depression and Faith     The Black Box     The Black Church by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.          A Fire at the Center          Getting to the Promised Land     Groaning     How the Word Is Passed     I Love My People     Innocent Until Proven Muslim: Islamophobia, the War on Terror, and the Muslim Experience Since 9/11          Liberation and the Cosmos: Conversations with the Elders, Revised Edition          Preparing for War: The Extremist History of White Christian Nationalism--and What Comes Next     The Price of the Ticket     Rebels, Despots, and Saints: The Ancestors Who Free Us and The Ancestors We Need to Free          Slavery in Early Christianity: Expanded Edition     Something in the Water: A 21st Century Civil Rights Odyssey          Stringing Rosaries          Through the Eyes of Titans: Finding Courage to Redeem the Soul of a Nation     Under the Skin     Until I Am Free     Walking the Way of Harriet Tubman: Public Mystic and Freedom Fighter     We Survived the End of the World: Lessons from Native America on Apocalypse and Hope     White Borders          Picture of White Too Long     Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed

Podcasts, Blogs & Articles

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Resources for 2023

By BuildFaith Editors on Apr 19, 2023

To help Christian communities amplify Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander voices in American and church history, Building Faith shares a list of resources, including new and recent books, reading lists, podcasts, documentaries, virtual exhibits, and church resources.

  • Books
    • History and Cultural Criticism Books
    • Histories and Stories in Christianity
    • Reading Lists for All Ages
  • Articles
  • Podcasts
  • Videos
  • Virtual Exhibits
  • Church Resources

In A Time For Reckoning: North American Christianity and Indigenous Cultural GenocideMike Morrell offers a call to awareness, humility, repentance, and action; includes resource lists for reading/study; supporting, enjoying and learning from Indigenous artists; and specific actions for individuals, households, and congregations.

Walter Brueggeman's An Unwelcome Read of History (09.30.20)

Other Book Lists

 

10 Books By Black Authors That You Need To Read Right Now

Works by writers like bell hooks, Damon Young and James Baldwin that will educate and make an impact on everyone.

By Tessa Flores

Pilgrimages

Something in the Water: A 21st Century Civil Rights OdysseyThe U.S. Civil Rights Trail wends from Baltimore to New Orleans with many stops along the way, including Birmingham, Little Rock, Montgomery and Selma; a good way to learn about Black history in our nation. Rev. Waters' book is the account of his own pilgrimage to some of these sites.

Gathering

As part of Healing Minnesota Stories’ effort to create dialogue, understanding and healing between Native and non-Native peoples, Minnesota Council of Churches offers Sacred Site Tours of the Twin Cities area. The tour includes information on Dakota history, culture and sacred sites, as well as the oppression and genocide they faced, and ultimately their exile. 

As the topics are quite serious the tours are considered age appropriate for high-school age or older.

Learn more and register here.

Video

  • Native America” (2018, 2023) – A PBS TV miniseries that focuses on Indigenous American histories and cultures past and present; season 1 has 4 episodes lasting about an hour each, and season 2 started broadcasting and streaming on October 24 
  • Without a Whisper – Konnon:kwe” (2021) – A short documentary about the vital role that Indigenous women played in the women’s rights movement in the U.S.

The Lost Cause

by David Freudberg on April 13, 2023 / Progressive Christianity

Are we still living with the racial divide left over from the Civil War? This provocative audio documentary explores the history of a conflict that nearly tore America apart.

Denise Lajimodiere: Stringing Rosaries

Denise Lajimodiere’s academic book, Stringing Rosaries: The History, the Unforgivable, and the Healing of Northern Plains American Indian Boarding School Survivors, delves deep into American Indian boarding schools, the unsettling history, stories of abuse, and the trauma that continues to affect many of the survivors’ families yet today.

Stringing Rosaries

BIGSTAR

White Fatigue: Authored and narrated by Robe Imbriano and executive produced and creative directed by BigStar’s Josh Norton.

[See also: What Is White Fatigue?]

is a response to criticism generated from its predecessor, 

Multimedia

Disparity Trap: The Socially Conscious Board Game provides an easy way to have the hard conversations around race & privilege in America and how they impact society in systemically dominant (SD) and systemically non-dominant (SND) ways. The game play is like many of its kind, where your individual goal is to accrue as much wealth as possible. But where it differs is that you can have a team goal as well where you work with  your fellow players to dismantle the Disparity Traps seeking to keep everyone in poverty. Within this game you also step into someone else’s shoes; to experience the disparities within an identity different from your own. Throughout the game, the dice roll correlates your identity in the game to real life statistics.

So like life, the dice are in your hands, but the odds are not.

In Our Library

Becoming Kin: An Indigenous Call to Unforgetting the Past and Reimagining Our Future