"Our faith is built on loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves. If love is our commandment and calling, then we cannot be silent when systems and people seek to create distance and oppression between any two people or groups of people. God is a life-giving, reconciling, and liberating God. As people made in God's image, we should be building life-giving, reconciling, and liberating communities."
- Lissie Rhoton, Postulant from the Diocese of Texas, Diploma of Anglican Studies 2020
Ella Baker played an unnoticed, but pivotal role in the three most influential civil rights groups: the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC, pronounced “snick”). As a woman, she was not given the same attention as male leaders of the civil rights movement, but she canvassed neighborhoods tirelessly to enlist average black citizens in non-violent resistance.
A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement
"#BlackLivesMatter doesn’t mean your life isn’t important–it means that Black lives, which are seen as without value within White supremacy, are important to your liberation." - Alicia Garza, Co-creator of the #BlackLivesMatter movement
Listen, Learn, Participate: A #BlackLivesMatter Resource Series
Oakland Public Library has put together a resource list for interested persons to spur discussion and action centered in the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
National Museum of African American History & Culture
A Smithsonian museum with 16 exhibits exploring the history of Black Americans, their unique contributions to American Society, and collections of art and culture.
Highlander Research and Education Center
In 1932 Highlander was established as an education center for union leaders. It was a key hub for the Civil Rights Movement in the 50s and 60s, shifted to support workers in Appalachia in the 1970s-1990s, and continues to train and raise up leaders who support justice, equality, and sustainability.
I began to know in my bones and sinews that I had been truly baptized into the Lord’s death and resurrection...with them, the black men and white men, with all life, in him whose Name is above all names that the races and nations shout...we are indelibly and unspeakably one.
Jonathan Daniels Exhibit at Booher Library