The list below is by no means exhaustive, but is designed to give our community a starting place for helpful resources on race & America.
Christians for Social Action
Christians 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.
NewCORE - 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.
Civil 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.
Baylor 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.
Anti-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.
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)
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.
The 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.
(Also on Amazon Prime Video)
“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.)
“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.
“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.
“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."
“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.
Diversity 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.
“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.
Podcasts & Webinars
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!
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.
Reconstructing 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.
How 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)
I'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.
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
By Isabel Wilkerson
In 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.
Additional Books to Read:
- Black Boy by Richard Wright
- Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington
- 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