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Suggested Readings and Videos

The following resources address racism and are suggested for initial explorations into racial reconciliation.


  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson, follows three Afro-Americans and their families as they leave intolerable conditions in the South and move to New York, Chicago and San Francisco in the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's.
  • A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn, offers an in-depth review of American history from the perspectives of those whose land and labor were stolen from them.
  • The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is a six-part PBS series focusing on slavery in the U.S. and the challenges faced by blacks after abolition, from Reconstruction to current times.
  • Selma directed by Ava DuVernay, portrays the story of the early civil rights movement and the historic march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Slavery by Another Name directed by Samuel D. Pollard, depicts a the restrictions imposed on blacks after Reconstruction.
  • 12 Years a Slave directed by Steve McQueen, tells the story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from Saratoga Springs, who was captured and sold into slavery in Louisiana, finally regaining his freedom 12 years later. 

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  • Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation by Jennifer Harvey, proposes reconciliation as we have attempted it is flawed and must be revisited if it is to have the impact we believe Christ intends. Harvey argues until history is understood and acknowledged, any attempt at racial reconciliation is doomed to failure.
  • Living Reconciliation by Phil Groves and Anghard Parry Jones, provides stories and examples of reconciliation at work throughout the Anglican Communion.


  • Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God by Kelly Brown Douglas, responds to the riots in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray. Douglas guides the reader through the development of the Anglo-Saxon myth and how it has been protected in America through the demonizing of the black body.

Other Literature