MTR Racial Justice and Healing Resources

Selected Print Resources on Racial Justice and Healing

Updated November 2021

 Below are some recommended resources for learning about racism and antiracism strategies. This is not an all-inclusive list; there are many resources available online and in print. You likely will not be comfortable or agree with everything you read in the resources below. Listen to your discomfort. What can you learn from it?


Books and articles

Note: many of these authors have social media accounts (blogs, twitter, Instagram etc.), an excellent way to keep learning and stay current.

Starting Out

Baldwin, James (1962). The Fire Next Time, “My Dungeon Shook: Letter to my Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation”

Becker, Amy Julia Becker (2018). White Picket Fences

Brown, Austin Channing (2018). I’m Still Here, Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

Coates, Ta-Nehisi (2015). Between the World and Me

Eberhardt, Jennifer (2019). Biased….Uncovering the hidden prejudice that shapes what we see, think and do

Helsel, Carolyn (2017). Anxious to Talk About It. Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism

Hill, Daniel (2017). White Awake, An honest look at what it means to be white

Irving, Debbie (2014). Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race

Kendi, Ibram X (2019). How to Be an Antiracist

King, Jr., Martin Luther (1963). “Letter from Birmingham Jail

Moore, Osheta (2021). Dear White Peacemakers, Dismantling Racism with Grit and Grace 

Morrison, Latasha (2019). Be the Bridge, Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation

Oluo, Ijeoma (2019). So You Want to Talk About Race

Saad, Layla F. (2020). Me and White Supremacy

Shutack, Corrine (2021). 105 things white people can do for racial justice   (this list is updated from time to time)

Thurman, Howard (1976). Jesus and the Disinherited

Tisby, Jemar (2019). The Color of Compromise, The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism

Tisby, Jemar (2021). How to Fight Racism, Courageous Christianity and the Journey toward Racial Justice


Digging Deeper:

Anderson, Carol (2017). White Rage, The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide

Alexander, Michelle (2012). The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Banaji, Mahzarin and Anthony Greenwald (2016). Blind Spot—Hidden Biases of Good People

Blackmon, Douglas A (2008). Slavery By Another Name: the Re-Enslavement of Black People in America From the Civil War to World War II

Cannon, Mae Elise, Lisa Sharon Harper, Troy Jackson and Soong-Chan Rah (2014). Forgive Us. Confessions of a compromised faith

Connelly, Kerry (2020). Good White Racist?

De la Torre, Miguel (2015). The Politics of Jesús, a Hispanic Political Theology

Diangelo, Robin (2018). White Fragility, why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism

Duncan, Lenny (2019). Dear Church, a love letter from a black preacher to the whitest denomination in the U.S. (Note: contains strong language which may be offensive to some)

Dyson, Michael Eric (2017). Tears We Cannot Stop, A Sermon to White America

Emerson, Michael and Smith, Christian (2001). Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America

Ferguson, Leland (2011). God’s Fields, Landscape, Religion and Race in Moravian Wachovia

Fleming, Crystal M. (2018). How to Be Less Stupid about Race

Gilliard, Dominique Dubois (2021). Subversive Witness

Harper, Lisa Sharon (2016). The Very Good Gospel…How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right

Hart, Drew G. I. (2016). Trouble I’ve Seen, Changing the way the Church Views Racism

Hart, Drew G. I. (2020). Who Will Be a Witness?

Harvey, Jennifer (2014). Dear White Christians, For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation

Harvey, Jennifer (2017). Raising White Kids—Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America

Hill, Daniel (2020), White Lies: Nine Ways to Expose and Resist the Racial Systems That Divide Us

Jennings, Willie James (2020). After Whiteness: An Education in Belonging

Jones, Robert P (2020). White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity

Jewell, Tiffany (2020). This Book is Anti-Racist, 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work

Kendi, Ibram X. (2016). Stamped from the Beginning, The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Kendi, Ibram X and Blain, Keisha N, editors (2021). Four Hundred Souls

King, Jr., Martin Luther. Where Do We Go from Here? Chaos or Community?

Kwon, Duke and Thompson, Gregory (2021). Reparations, A Christian Call for Repentance and Repair

Loritts, Bryan (2018). Insider Outsider, my journey as a stranger in white evangelicalism and my hope for us all.

Mason, Eric (2018). Woke Church, An Urgent Call for Christians in America to Confront Racism and Injustice

McCaulley, Esau (2020). Reading While Black

McNeil, Brenda Salter (2020). Roadmap to Reconciliation 2.0

Meredith, Cara (2019). The Color of Life: a Journey Toward Love and Racial Justice.

Reynolds, Jason and Kendi, Ibram X. (2020). Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You.

Rothstein, Richard (2017). The Color of Law.

Sensabach, Jon F. (1998). A Separate Canaan, the making of an Afro-Moravian world in North Carolina 1763-1840.

Sharpe, Christina (2016). In the Wake: on Blackness and Being

Smith, Clint (2021). How the Word is Passed

Stevenson, Bryan (2014). Just Mercy—a Story of Justice and Redemption

Swanson, David W (2020), Rediscipling the White Church

Tatum, Beverly Daniel (2017). Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

Twitty, Michael (2017). The Cooking Gene, A journey through African American Culinary History in the Old South

Walker-Barnes, Chanequa (2019). I Bring the Voices of My People

Ward, Jesmyn, editor (2016). The Fire This Time, A New Generation Speaks about Race

Wilkerson, Isabel (2011). The Warmth of Other Suns.

Wilkerson, Isabel (2020. Caste

Wilson-Hargrove, Jonathan (2018). Reconstructing the Gospel, Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion


Specifically Moravian-related Resources:

Crews, Daniel and Starbuck, Richard (2002). With Courage for the Future, the Story of the Moravian Church, Southern Province.

Ferguson, Leland (2011). God’s Fields, Landscape, Religion and Race in Moravian Wachovia

Lampe, Armando (2010). Mission or Submission?: Moravian and Catholic Missionaries in the Dutch Caribbean During the 19th Century

Sensbach, Jon F. (1998). A Separate Canaan, the making of an Afro-Moravian world in North Carolina 1763-1840.

Sensbach, Jon F. (2005). Rebecca’s Revival, Creating Black Christianity in the Atlantic World

 Moravian Church, Southern Province (2020). Continuing the Journey of Racial Reconciliation