The list below is by no means exhaustive, but is designed to give our community a starting place for helpful resources on race & America.
Juneteenth - Britannica Academic article
Read the Britannica article on Juneteenth (June 19, 2021), provided by Eastern University database access, to learn about the holiday's history and view primary documents.
Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade & Festival
See the schedule of events planned for the Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade & Festival, including a float house competition and an art gallery at Malcolm X Park.
Anti-Asian Violence Resources
Below you'll find resources that have been gathered to help individuals educate others, take action, donate, and more. Available resources include press releases, news articles, statistics, and websites for educational purposes.
New Database of Racial & Ethnic Diversity Resources from Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU)
Eastern University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) who has just published a new database of racial and ethnic diversity resources. According to their website, "CCCU institutions care deeply about racial justice and racial reconciliation, and the CCCU seeks to support campus efforts to identify how racism has affected and shaped the work of Christian higher education."
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.
“Researching Critical Race Theory in HeinOnline”
By Lauren Mattiuzzo
An article explaining critical race theory and how it can be researched using specific HeinOnline databases, as provided by Eastern.
“Hip-Hop & the Global Imprint of a Black Cultural Form”
By Marcyliena Morgan & Dionne Bennett
This essay examines the global movement of the hip-hop nation and its artistic incorporation into global youth culture. It considers how that movement is both a social and political process that integrates symbols of African American culture and political struggle.
“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.
“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.
“MLK and the Violence of White Silence”
By Travis Jones
"Every year in the U.S., people from various stripes scramble to showcase their favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quotes to honor his legacy and the national holiday. And every year, it is clear that people, largely across race and political party, have widely different conceptions of who MLK was, and what he was all about."
“White Silence is Racial Violence: Don't Get Defensive, Get Informed”
By Crystal Jackson
"There has been a call to amplify melanated voices across social media. While the conversations around social justice shift to emphasize the perspective of those who have been marginalized, I feel like this is a good time for white people to talk to other white people about how we are — knowingly or unknowingly — contributing to oppression.."
Podcasts & Webinars
We need to talk about an injustice: A TED Talk by Bryan Stevenson
In an engaging and personal talk -- with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks -- human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.
How to resolve racially stressful situations: A TED Talk by Howard C. Stevenson
If we hope to heal the racial tensions that threaten to tear the fabric of society apart, we're going to need the skills to openly express ourselves in racially stressful situations. Through racial literacy -- the ability to read, recast and resolve these situations -- psychologist Howard C. Stevenson helps children and parents reduce and manage stress and trauma. In this inspiring, quietly awesome talk, learn more about how this approach to decoding racial threat can help youth build confidence and stand up for themselves in productive ways.
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.
O Freedom!: Afro-American Emancipation Celebrations
By William H. Wiggins Jr.
Basing his analysis on fieldwork and solid historical research, Wiggins gives a vivid portrayal of a celebration of ethnic pride in all its diversity. Though varied over time and space, the celebratory message of freedom from slavery comes through clearly.
Juneteenth Texas: Essays in African-American Folklore
By Francis Edward Abernethy, editor
Juneteenth Texas explores African-American folkways and traditions from both African-American and white perspectives. Included are descriptions and classifications of different aspects of African-American folk culture in Texas; explorations of songs and stories and specific performers such as Lightnin’ Hopkins, Manse Lipscomb, and Bongo Joe; and a section giving resources for the further study of African Americans in Texas.
Lone Star Unionism, Dissent, and Resistance: Other Sides of Civil War Texas
By Jesús F. de la Teja, editor
Most histories of Civil War Texas—some starring the fabled Hood’s Brigade, Terry’s Texas Rangers, or one or another military figure—depict the Lone Star State as having joined the Confederacy as a matter of course and as having later emerged from the war relatively unscathed. Yet as the contributors to this volume amply demonstrate, the often neglected stories of Texas Unionists and dissenters paint a far more complicated picture.
Remixing the Civil War: Meditations on the Sesquicentennial
By Thomas J. Brown, editor
Essays from specialists in art, literature, and history examine how contemporary culture represents and interprets the Civil War. They look at the works of more than thirty artists and writers as well as multiple movements -- political and social -- to reveal the many and provocative ways in which Americans engage the Civil War today. The book includes chapters on the place of Abraham Lincoln in Barack Obama's presidential campaign, controversies over the symbolism of the Confederate flag, and the proliferation of 'Juneteenth' observances. Remixing the Civil War pays special attention to the works of African Americans and white southerners, for whom the Civil War was a revolutionary and defining moment.
African-American Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations
By Kathlyn Gay
Provides information about the history and celebration of more than 100 holidays, festivals, and other events observed by Americans of African descent. Features include narrative overviews, chronology of historical events related to holidays and festivals, calendar and geographical listings of observances, bibliography, and contact information and web sites
By Cornel West
First published in 1993 on the one-year anniversary of the L.A. riots, Race Matters was a national best-seller, and it has since become a groundbreaking classic on race in America. Race Matters contains West's most powerful essays on the issues relevant to black Americans today: despair, black conservatism, black-Jewish relations, myths about black sexuality, the crisis in leadership in the black community, and the legacy of Malcolm X.
Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America
By Michael Eric Dyson
Long Time Coming grapples with the cultural and social forces that have shaped our nation in the brutal crucible of race. In five beautifully argued chapters―each addressed to a black martyr from Breonna Taylor to Rev. Clementa Pinckney―Dyson traces the genealogy of anti-blackness from the slave ship to the street corner where Floyd lost his life―and where America gained its will to confront the ugly truth of systemic racism. Ending with a poignant plea for hope, Dyson’s exciting new book points the way to social redemption.
The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
By Heather McGhee
A New York Times best seller, one of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.
Between the World and Me: Notes on the First 150 Years in America
By Ta-Nehisi Coates
Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the most important essayist in a generation and a writer who changed the national political conversation about race” (Rolling Stone)
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