At St. John’s, we believe the church is a place for conversations that matter. A place where we’re willing to be a part of open, sometimes difficult, conversations, approached in genuine love.
Learn more about racial reconciliation through books, movies, documentaries, TED talks and other educational resources. This is a suggested reading/viewing list; by no means is it intended to be a comprehensive list.
- Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion
by Jonathan Wilson Hartgrove
- I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
by Austin Channing Brown
- Between the World and Me
by Ta Nehisi Coates, 2015
- Dear White Christians
by Jennifer Harvey, 2014
- Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community
by Leah Gunning Francis, 2015
- Good White People: The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-Racism
by Shannon Sullivan, 2014
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson, 2014
- Race, Religion and the Pulpit
by Julia Marie Robinson, 2015
- Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God
by Kelly Brown Douglas, 2015
- The Cross and the Lynching Tree
by James Cone, 2011
- The Fire Next Time
by James Baldwin, 1963
- Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism
by Drew Hart, 2016
- Waking up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race
by Debby Irving, 2014
- White Like Me
by Tim Wise, 2008
- Charlotte Suffers from a Disease We Refuse to Treat
by Justin Perry
- It’s Not About Race!
by John Metta
- Bias Isn’t Just a Police Problem; It’s a Preschool Problem
by Cory Turner
- Mustang Green: A Season of Hope in a Segregated City
by Michael Graff
- Black, Latino Two-Parent Families Have Half The Wealth Of White Single Parents
by Adrian Florido
- Why Black Americans Stay Poor
by Mark Whitehouse
- Research says there are ways to reduce racial bias. Calling people racist isn’t one of them.
Updated by German Lopez
- It’s Black History Month. Look in the Mirror
by George Yancy
- The Hate U Give
In Theaters October 2018
- The Best of Enemies
Coming to theaters Spring 2019
(only available through Netflix) – 13th offers an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. Netflix’s ’13th’ Explores ‘Modern Slavery’ in Incendiary New Documentary by Pamela Kruger Ava DuVernay’s 13th Reframes American History by Juleyka Lantigua-Williams
(available through AmazonPrime) – Selma chronicles of Martin Luther King‘s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.
TED Talks & Radio Programs
- Research Shows Black Boys Are Most Likely To Be Stuck In Cycle Of Poverty
Black boys raised in America, even in the wealthiest families, still earn less as adults than white boys with similar backgrounds. That’s according to a new study from the Equality of Opportunity Project, which looked at U.S. Census data to study the lives of 20 million children.
- TED Talks to Celebrate Black History Month
The folks at TED have curated some of the most fresh and insightful talks on race.
- Poverty, Injustice, And The Affordable Housing Crisis
Wendy Herkey -Are the dearth of workforce housing in Charlotte, the lack of upward mobility, the re-segregation of our schools and last year’s riots all connected? Clint Smith believes so and wrote about it in The New Yorker. He tells host Mike Collins more on Charlotte Talks.
- We Need to Talk about an Injustice
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.
For more from Bryan Stevenson, watch Christ Church’s rector, Chip Edens, talk with Bryan.
- How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them
Verna Myers – Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we’ve seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri,and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Verna Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.
- Allegories on race and racism
Camara Jones, TEDxEmory – Dr. Camara Jones shares four allegories on “race” and racism. She hopes that these “telling stories” empower you to do something different, and that you will remember them and pass them on.