Reading Suggestions from the Anti-Racism Group

  • The Tradition by Jerico Btown (Adults)
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevado (Young Adult – grades 5-8)
  • Hey, Black Child by Oseni Eugene Perkins & Bryan Collier (grades K-4)

One Book, One Philadelphia program, 2021 of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Additional Adult Book Suggestions from the Anti-Racism Group

  • Gracism: The Art of Inclusion by The Rev. Dr. David A. Anderson
    Dealing with color, class, or culture in a negative way is racism.  Grace is the unmerited favor of God on humankind.  Gracism is an opportunity to extend God’s grace to people of all backgrounds.  The author gives a new way to approach racial and cultural divisions in the church and in life.  Discussion questions after each chapter guide conversation.
  • Sing for Your Life by Daniel Bergner
    (100 Notable Books of New York Times Book Review, 2016)
    The book reveals Ryan Speedo Green’s tough up-bringing in SE Virginia. At age 12, he was sent to Virginia’s juvenile facility of last resort where he was often placed in solitary confinement for uncontrollable, uncontainable behavior.  Today, he is a rising star performing major roles at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and prestigious venues around the world.  The book chronicles Ryan’s suspenseful, racially charged, and artistically intricate journey and sheds light on the complex realities of race in America.

Adult Books from NJ Synod Website

  • Understanding and Dismantling Racism  by Joseph Barndt
    The Twenty-first Century Challenge to White America
    $22.00 through Augsburg
    $16.45 on Kindle edition, Nook
    The book reveals various personal, institutional, and cultural forms and offers specific positive ways in which people can end racism.
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
    Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
    Available in libraries, $8.57 on Kindle edition
    Using a step-by-step reflection process, the author encourages peoplewith white privilege to examine their racist thoughts and behaviors.
  • Understanding White Privilege by Frances E. Kendall
    $29.06 through and $10.64 on E book
    Author delves into the complex interplay between race, power, and privilege in organizations and private life and describes how ignorance can perpetuate privilege.  Practical and thoughtful insights are offered into how people of all races can work to break the cycle.

Two Google Videos about Racism

“How to Teach Your Kids About Race and Racism”
Basic information for young children on YouTube , 3 minutes 41 seconds

“How to Talk to Your Kids About Race”
For adults by The Atlantic on The, 2 minutes 56 seconds

Young Adult Books about Racism

  • A Kid’s Book About Systemic Racism by Jordan Thierry $19.95 hard cover
    Book helps in understanding the complexities of systemic racism.
  • The Talk: Conversations about Race, Love, and Truth by Wade Hudson $15.19 hard cover, $7.99 paperback, $7.99 Kindle edition
    Thirty diverse, award winning authors and illustrators invite the reader into their homes with their families for powerful, call to action conversations about race in America today.  Book encourages all families to be anti-racists and advocates for change. 

Children’s Books about Racism

  • Let’s Talk about Race by Julius Lester $6.99Paperback,  four to eight years old
    Book is recommended as a springboard for discussions about differences.
  • A Kid’s Book About Racism by Jelani Memory $19.95 Hardback, for five years and older
    Book offers a clear description of what racism is, how it makes people feel when they experience it, and how to recognize racism when it happens.