Resources for Learning about Race and Racism

Lara Schopp Adult-ministry, Connect, Uncategorized

At Country Club Christian Church, we are reaffirming our commitment to work for justice for all of God’s children and more specifically to partner with our members and friends in eliminating systemic racial injustice. We stand in solidarity with people of faiths, races, and ethnicities who seek to be the change we all desire.

But we confess that sometimes, without our own awareness, we participate in a system that is unfair and perpetuates decades-old bias. 

The work of anti-racism is a long game; the transformation our nation is crying out for will not happen this week or this month. One of the first steps in responding is committing to ongoing education. The following titles have been curated by our clergy so that we may all listen and learn.

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For Children and Families

Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs (Author), Shane W. Evans (Illustrator) 

The boy is teased for looking different than the other kids. His skin is darker, his hair curlier. He tells his mother he wishes he could be more like everyone else. And she helps him to see how beautiful he really, truly is.  Shane Evans, illustrator, is a local Kansas City artist.

Skin Like Mine by LaTashia M. Perry 

From the creators of Hair Like Mine, Skin Like Mine, is a fun, easy-to- read for beginners as well as advanced readers. An entertaining yet creative way to address and celebrate diversity among young children. Guaranteed to make you smile and a bit hungry.

We March by Shane W. Evans  (Author, Illustrator)

On August 28, 1963, a remarkable event took place--more than 250,000 people gathered in our nation's capital to participate in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The march began at the Washington Monument and ended with a rally at the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech, advocating racial harmony.

Let's Talk About Race by Julius Lester and Karen Barbour

Julius Lester says, "I write because our lives are stories. If enough of those stories are told, then perhaps we will begin to see that our lives are the same story. The differences are merely in the details." Now Mr. Lester shares his own story as he explores what makes each of us special.

 

We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song by Debbie Levy and Vanessa Brantley-Newton

It only takes a few words to create change. It only takes a few people to believe that change is possible. And when those people sing out, they can change the world. "We Shall Overcome" is one of their songs. From the song's roots in America's era of slavery through to the civil rights movement of the 1960s and today, "We Shall Overcome" has come to represent the fight for equality and freedom around the world.

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o

A picture book about colorism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within. Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.

I Am Enough by Grace Byers 

This is a gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another

When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner 

From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in. The assurance that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe is certain to help them spread their wings and fly.

For Teens

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly and Laura Freeman

They participated in some of NASA's greatest successes, like providing the calculations for America's first journeys into space. And they did so during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do. But they worked hard. They persisted. And they used their genius minds to change the world.

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo  (Author)

Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "N" word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don't dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.

The Hate You Give – by Angie Thomas. 

This debut novel is about a teen girl who grapples with racism, police brutality, and activism after she witnessed the murder of her black friend by the police.  The main character wrestles throughout the story with race and identity. It beckons the reader to look deeply at the reality of the world in a way many of us do not experience but must acknowledge.   The novel requires the reader to be uncomfortable as we grapple with racism and violence.