The list below is by no means exhaustive, but is designed to give our community a starting place for helpful resources on race & America.

Websites

Christians for Social Action

CSAChristians for Social Action (CSA) is "a group of scholar-activists, stirring the imagination for a fuller expression of Christian faithfulness and a more just society." Previously named Evangelicals for Social Action, CSA joined Eastern University and Palmer Theological Seminary in 2005 with the opening of The Sider Center, named for CSA's founder and Palmer Theological Seminary professor, Dr. Ron Sider.

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ConversationNewCORE - A New Conversation on Race and Ethnicity

The mission of NewCORE is to harness the power of sincere conversation about race and ethnicity and use it to break down barriers, facilitate mutual understanding and respect, build bridges, and promote truth, justice and reconciliation. Rev. Steven Lawrence, Board Chair, is an Eastern alumni, and Dr. Marsha Brown Woodard, Eastern faculty, is the Vice President of NewCORE.

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Civil MarchCivil Rights and Social Justice - Provided by HeinOnline

HeinOnline’s Civil Rights and Social Justice database brings together a diverse offering of publications covering civil rights in the United States as their legal protections and definitions are expanded to cover more and more Americans. A varied collection of books on many civil rights topics and a list of prominent civil rights organizations help take the research beyond HeinOnline.

Visit the database

BaylorBaylor Conversations: Our Responsibility as Christians to Elevate Conversations on Race, Peacemaking and Conciliation

Baylor University President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., and three distinguished faculty guests held a webinar-style conversation exploring how, as a Christian university with a community called to offer the grace and peace of Christ to all of God’s people, we should lean into the current events, build upon our actions to date, and elevate the difficult, uncomfortable but important conversations – with actionable steps – regarding race, privilege, violence and conciliation in America.

Talking about Race: Being Antiracist

A site created by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, including video links, images, and graphs about being antiracist.

LibraryAnti-Racism Digital Library

Created by Louisville Seminary, the Anti-racism Digital Library is an archive collection of resources about people, groups, and projects who are building inclusive and caring communities. Specific collections include Anti-Racist Identity, The Christian Imagination, and the Intercultural Community, PC, among others.

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Movies

Just MercyJust Mercy

Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and based on the memoir of the same name, Just Mercy tells the powerful and thought-provoking story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson ’81- an Eastern alum - and his historic battle for justice.

Stream it from Swank Digital Campus (link coming in the fall)

Rent the DVD from the EU Library (link coming in the fall)

Buy it on Amazon
Sign up for a discussion toolkit from Equal Justice Initiative
Browse additional resources by Equal Justice Initiative

13th film13th

Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars including EU Alumnus Bryan Stevenson ’81, director Ava DuVernay's examination of the U.S. prison system looks at the country's history of racial inequality and its impact on the high rate of incarceration in America in this piercing, Oscar-nominated film.

Stream it on YouTube and Netflix

The African AmericansThe African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

This series provides a detailed account of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent up to today in America. 

Stream it on PBS

(Also on Amazon Prime Video)

Short Videos

“The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed” “The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed” 

These African-American men, each killed by police or other authority figures, are the subjects of a powerful multi-movement choral work by Atlanta-based composer Joel Thompson and produced by the University of Michigan, followed by Glory from the motion picture "Selma." Arranged by Eugene Rogers. ( *Image from University of Michigan video still.) 

Stream it on YouTube

Bryan Stevenson“Grace, Justice, & Mercy”: A Conversation between Tim Keller and Bryan Stevenson ’81 

An hour-long presentation from 2016 on Justice and Mercy. Keller provides the Biblical basis for Justice with a call to response, and Bryan talks about race and justice, including a shout out to Eastern University ("great school") around the 33 minute mark.

Stream it on YouTube

“Eastern University’s Service of Lament, Grief, and Hope”“Eastern University’s Service of Lament, Grief, and Hope”

An hour-long service observing a “Day of Grief, Lament, and Hope” on June 5, 2020, in response to George Floyd’s death.

Stream it on YouTube

Navigating Race and Friendship

Sarah Jakes Roberts & Christine Caine 

Body Language: A Conversation on Race & Restoration in the Body of Christ
Dr. Anita Phillips and Christine Caine 

Articles

“Jesus and the Disinherited”“Jesus and the Disinherited”
By Christian Collins Winn

An article recounting Howard Thurman’s book Jesus and the Disinherited and how the lessons therein apply especially to today’s uncertainties.

Read the article on Christianity Today

Dear White People: Being an Ally Is More Than a Performance
By Brandi Miller

"For many non-Black folks, performative allyship is a time to scream from social media rooftops about how they are not racist or are simply down for the cause... It is not enough to simply distance oneself from the perception of racism. True allyship is actively anti-racist."

If You Think Only Jesus Can Do Something About Racism, You're Wrong
By Andre Henry

“'Racism is a heart issue! Only Jesus can change a heart!' If I had a dollar for every time I heard a Christian say those words, I’d never run out of laundry money."

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Brenda“Courage to Reconcile: Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, DMin ‘00, DD ‘17”
By Denise McMillan

An interview with Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, the EU 2017 Commencement speaker, on the work of reconciliation, originally published in EASTERN, The Magazine of Eastern University in Fall/Winter 2017.

Read the full article

The Case for Reparations: Digital Project - A collection of articles gathered from The Atlantic on the subject of reparations for racial inequity. 

HandsDiversity Matters: Race, Ethnicity, and Christian Higher Education: The Spring 2020 issue of Advance, the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities’ magazine, was entirely focused on the issues of diversity in Christian campuses and includes many articles on the subject. 

Read the magazine and download it for free

Blog Posts

Talk“8 Things White Youth Pastors Can Do About Racism”
By Theo Davis

Eastern alumnus Theo Davis writes a blog post offering eight concrete actions all youth pastors, but especially those who are white, can do to help support their students in standing up against  racism.

Read the blog post on Download Youth Ministry
Listen to the related podcast from Youth Ministry Hacks

"Researching the Facts about Police Brutality and Racial Disparity"

Read up on the death of George Floyd, the resulting protests, and learn how to research police brutality in HeinOnline's Criminal Justice & Criminology database.

Read the blog post here

Podcasts & Webinars

PodcastCode Switch

Code Switch is a race and culture outlet and a weekly podcast from NPR (National Public Radio) that launched in 2016.

Listen to the podcast
About NPR

Open Hours with Jer Swigart - Presented by Christians for Social Action

Listen in on Andre Henry’s fascinating conversation about race, justice, and discipleship with Jer Swigart of The Global Immersion Project, and be sure to check out Global Immersion’s new podcast, Everyday Peacemakers!

Watch the webinar

Breaking the Cycle of Racism Webinar - Presented by: Christians for Social Action

Eastern University’s Christians for Social Action/Sider Center has a long-standing racial justice program.  As part of that, it has created a series of webinars on the subject, as well as a list of resources to help engage with racial justice.

Pod for the Cause

This podcast was created for those wanting to effect change, who understand the importance of restoring our democracy, and who want to engage in deep conversation around the issues of racism and beyond.

Listen to the podcast
About The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

Books

Reconstructing the GospelReconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion
By Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Grappling seriously with troubling history and theology, Wilson-Hartgrove recovers the subversiveness of the gospel that sustained the church through centuries of slavery and oppression, from the civil rights era to the Black Lives Matter movement and beyond.

Buy it on Amazon
Rent the eBook through the EU library
Rent a physical copy from EU library

How to be an Anti-RacistHow to Be An Anti-Racist
By Ibram X. Kendi

A New York Times best-seller, How to Be an Antiracist punctures the myths of a post-racial America, examining what racism really is— and what we should do about it. (Time)

Buy it on Amazon
​​​​​​​Rent the eBook through the EU library
Rent a physical copy from EU library

White AwakeWhite Awake: An Honest Look at What It Means to be White
By Daniel Hill

This book will give you a new perspective on being white and also empower you to be an agent of reconciliation in our increasingly diverse and divided world.

Buy it on Amazon
Rent the eBook through the EU library

I'm Still HereI'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
By Austin Channing Brown

From a leading voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female that exposes how white America’s love affair with “diversity” so often falls short of its ideals.

Buy it on Amazon
Rent the eBook through the EU library
Rent a physical copy from EU library

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
By Isabel Wilkerson

casteIn this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.

Buy it on Amazon
Rent a physical copy from EU library

Additional Books to Read:

Memoirs:

  • Black Boy by Richard Wright
  • Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington

Novels:

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Georges by Alexandre Dumas
  • Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin