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Topical - Resources for Racial Reconciliation and Justice: Prophetic Voices/Witness

Books, articles & more in support of communities talking about race.

Prophetic Voices

"In 2006, Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle, published a sacred text posing one of the most poignant questions of our day, “Where have all the prophets gone?” From careful observation of the religious and sociopolitical landscape of America, McMickle points to the startling decline of consciousness-raising, justice-seeking, and truth-telling prophetic voice and action emerging from pulpits and public platforms in the last 25 years. Could it be that prophetic voices are crying aloud, but, we, the people, are not listening? This gathered resource list probes the timeless witness of Black thinkers and writers whose works rightly define the “signs of the time” in a white supremacist world and point America toward liberation and justice for all."

- The Rev. Melanie Jones, Director of Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership.

Print books

Web Resources

The Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing

This website is a wealth of resources for teaching about race.

It also frequently offers events and other ways to get involved.

The Pauli Murray Project

“True Community is based upon equality, mutuality, and reciprocity. It affirms the richness of individual diversity as well as the common human ties that bind us together.”
-Pauli Murray

Martin Luther King Jr.

The gospel at its best deals with the whole man, not only his soul but also his body, not only his spiritual well-being, but also his material well-being. Any religion that professes to be concerned about the souls of men and is not concerned about the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them and the social conditions that cripple them is a spiritually moribund religion awaiting burial.
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Pilgrimage to Non-Violence, 1960)

Martin Luther King Jr. is the most recognized name of the Civil Rights Movement. He moved into the national spotlight when he became the leader of the bus boycott began in December 1955 and carried through 382 days until the Supreme Court struck down bus segregation as unconstitutional. From that beginning, King traveled over six million miles to speak up and protest wherever inequality and injustice were found. On April 4, 1968, he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

Joslyn-Siemiatkoski, Dan. "Martin Luther King and the Dream of God." Sermon in Christ Chapel, Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas, April 4, 2022.

Samuel DeWitt Proctor

"The mission of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Inc. (SDPC) is to nurture, sustain, and mobilize the African American faith community in collaboration with civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders to address critical needs of human rights and social justice within local, national, and global communities."

Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference. n.d. Web. 18 Nov 2019.

Willie Jennings

Dr. Willie Jennings, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale Divinity School, gives the Black History Month Keynote Lecture at Southwest on February 21, 2018.

Frederick Douglass

Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

- West India Emancipation Speech delivered on August 3, 1857

Frederick Douglass was an abolitionist who lived to see the emancipation proclamation and continued to fight for full freedom under the law. He was person who was enslaved and won his freedom after his third escape attempt. He later had to flee to England to avoid being returned to his so-called master. In order to return, his friends helped him raise the money to purchase his freedom. Frederick Douglass was a famous orator who would not allow Americans or Christians to rest in the hypocrisy of their oppressive actions.

Adam Clayton Powell Jr

Adam Clayton Powell Jr. represented Harlem in the House of Representatives from 1945 to 1971. He was the first person of African-American descent to be elected to Congress from New York. He was a social activist and Baptist pastor and fought against racial discrimination.

Powell Jr., Adam Clayton. "Speech on Civil Rights." Blackpast. 7 Jun 2010. Web. 18 Nov 2019.

Wright, Joshua K. "King and Prince of Abyssinian: Reflections on Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. and Jr." Abernathy. n.d. Web. 18 Nov 2019.

"Powell, Adam Clayton, Jr." History, Art, & Archives: United States House of Representatives. n.d. Web. 18 Nov 2019.

Adam Clayton Powell Sr

Adam Clayton Powell Sr. was the pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church which grew to 14,000 members by the 1930s. He encouraged and participated in protests against racial discrimination, and worked for better employment opportunities for African Americans and campaigns to feed the poor.

Mack, Dwayne. "Adam Clayton Powell Sr. (1865-1953)." Blackpast. 6 Feb 2008. Web. 18 Nov 2019.

Hugenot, Jerrod. "Explorations in Baptist History: Adam Clayton Powell Sr." 28 Feb 2017. Web. 18 Nov 2019.

Porter, Louis, II. 2014. "An Unlikely Alliance: Adam Clayton Powell Sr., Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Seeds of Transformation." Cross Currents 64 (1): 116-22.