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Racial Equity

The mission of the Racial Equity Team is to integrate First Plymouth’s efforts to actively pursue a more just, peaceful and compassionate world that honors all of God’s creation. The Racial Equity Team works with Christian Education and other secular groups to organize events to provide education, training and opportunities for action in the areas of social justice and to pursue a more just, peaceful, and compassionate world that honors all of God’s creation. They educate and organize our members to make social change. Contact Ruth Neil with your questions. Below are some resources:

Articles

Stop Blaming History for Your All-White, All-Male Movie by Aisha Harris, February 6, 2020

The Fight Over the 1619 Project is Not About Facts by Adam Serwer, December 23, 2019

The Fight to Redefine Racism by Kelefa Sanneh, August 12, 2019

The 1619 Project, August 2019

Reckoning With Violence by Michelle Alexander, March 3, 2019

Black Women’s Faith, Black Women’s Flourishing by Eboni Marshall Turman, February 28, 2019

Blackface Is Just One Part of the Problem by Jamil Smith, February 4, 2019

The Heresy of White Christianity by Chris Hedges, December 10, 2018

Why Jews Should Support Reparations for Slavery by Rabbi Sharon Brous, March 7, 2018

DACA, Harvey, and Charlottesville: This Is An Emergency by Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Ph.D., September 8, 2017

Confronting #WhiteSupremacy With #RevolutionaryLove by Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Ph.D., August 13, 2017

Race, Money and Politics: Connecting Some Dots by Rev. John Janka, April 6, 2016

Being Brown While Black Lives Matter by Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre, August 29, 2015

Profiling Act by Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Ph.D., August 10, 2015

I Am Black, and Black Lives Matter by Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Ph.D., August 10, 2015

The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates, June 2014

Letter From Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr., April 16, 1963

Books

America’s Original Sin, Jim Wallis

Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X and Alex Haley

Borderlands, by Gloria Anzaldúa

Beloved, Toni Morrison

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Can We Talk About Race?, Beverly Tatum

Citizen, Claudia Rankine

Coming Together in the 21st Century, Curtiss DeYoung

The Cross and the Lynching Tree, James Cone

Dismantling Racism, Joseph Barnett

The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin

How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, Austin Channing Brown

The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander

Race Matters, Cornel West

Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God, Kelly Brown Douglas

The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson

White Rage, Carol Anderson

White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo

Art/Film/Television

Watch PBS Chapter and Verse series on race. Jacqui Lewis interviews national faith leaders.

Documentary 13th on Netflix

Loving

Moonlight

Selma

Fruitvale Station

Do the Right Thing

If Beale Street Could Talk

Podcasts

Women. Talk. God.

1619 Podcast

The Stoop

The Nod

Hope and Hard Pills

Sermons

400 Years: A Reflection on Liberty by Jacqui Lewis

What’s Love Got to Do with It? by Jacqui Lewis

A Conversation on Race by Traci Blackmon

#StayWoke by Otis Moss III

Holy Blackness: The Matrix of Creation by Wil Gafney

Organizations

Advancement Project

Black Lives Matter

Color of Change

NAACP

SPLC

Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)