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Resources for Racial Reconciliation and Justice: Social Movements

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

Social Movements

"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

21-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge

Ella Baker

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.

Scelfo, Julie. "On MLK Day, Honor the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement, Too." Time. 16 Jan 2017. Web. 23 Feb 2020.

Books

Black Lives Matter

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

Garza, Alicia. "A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement by Alicia Garza." The Feminist Wire. 2014 Oct 7. Web. 2020 Feb 10.

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.

Sonnie, Amy. "Listen, Learn, Participate: A #BlackLivesMatter Resource Series." Oakland Public Library Blogs. 22 Dec. 2014. Web. 07 Aug. 2019.

bell hooks

Credit for Photo...Monica Almeida/The New York Times

bell hooks

Gloria Watkins, known by her pen name "bell hooks," is a scholar, author, and social activist. Her pen name is lowercase in order to shift attention from her identity to her ideas, and the name is her maternal great-grandmother's name. bell hooks has written multiple books examining and indicting American culture in terms of art, media, race, gender, and class.

Lee, Min Jin. "In Praise of bell hooks." The New York Times. 28 Feb 2019. Web. 7 Mar 2020.

Articles, e-books, and websites

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.

National Museum of African American History & Culture. n.d. Web. 30 Jul. 2019.

Highlander Research and Education

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.

Highlander Research and Education Center. n.d. Web. 3 Mar 2020.

Jonathan Daniels

Jonathan Daniels

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, 1939-1965. The Church Awakens: African Americans and the Struggle for Justice. n.d. Web. 23 Feb 2020.

Jonathan Daniels Exhibit at Booher Library

Jonathan Daniels Exhibit. The Archives of the Episcopal Church. 23 Aug 2019. Web. 23 Feb 2020.