Racial Reconciliation Resources
But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously— take God seriously.
- Micah 6:8 (The Message)
The Scriptures provide incredible insight into the heart of God. From Old Testament to New, we are not left guessing who God is, what God has done, and how we are to reflect God’s character as image-bearers of our Creator. At the very center is love that leads to fair treatment of others and compassion. When we take God seriously and not ourselves too seriously, we reflect the same humility that Jesus displayed.
Right now many people are asking questions and seeking answers about the issues of racial division. Some of us are just starting this journey, others have walked this road for a long time. Wherever you are on this path, let’s join together to love the way Jesus loved us.
The following resources were put together by our friends at Summit Church.
Resources for Adults
If you’re not sure where to start, our top three recommendations are:
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- Generous Justice by Timothy Keller
If you’re looking to gain a better understanding of historical context:
- Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
- Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Willkerson
- Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King
And if you want to learn more after that, look into:
- Strength to Love by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- Where Do We Go From Here by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
- The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
- Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob
- The Minority Experience by Adrien Pei
- Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Eni Eddo-Lodge
- Divided by Faith by Michael O. Emerson and Christain Smith
- Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby and Lecrae Moore
- Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen
- How To Be an Anti Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Many Colors by Soong-Chan Rah
- New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Hinton
- Waking Up White by Debby Irving
- Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
- I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
- “13th” (Documentary, Netflix)
For Young Adult Readers
- Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Readers): A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson
- Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
For Elementary-Aged Kids
- Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier
- Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard
- The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
- The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
- I Am Enough by Grace Byers
- The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
- Whose Toes are Those? by Jabiri Asim
- The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler
- He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands by Kadir Nelson
- Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown
- When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner
To purchase any of these books, email Donna.Kannon@NorthlandChurch.net.
The following online links were shared by Pastor Joel Hunter as a part of the Justice Leaders Network:
- Dr. Bahiyyah Maroon shares Polis Institutes upcoming Conversations on Racism and Justice https://mailchi.mp/polisinstitute/talks
- Lisa Bachman shares the Holocaust Center's Educational series of lunch and learn, beginning with "White Myths Black Lives" https://www.holocaustedu.org/event/white-myths/#rsvp-now
- Emily Block shares a glimpse of Rollins Racial Justice Resources https://www.rollins.edu/inclusion-and-campus-involvement/racial-justice-resources/