Anti-racism, Social Justice, and Peace Resources for Adults
Diocese of East Tennessee
Prepared by Alvin Blount for July 2022
Costs may vary depending on where purchases are made.
The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from The New Yorker
-Jelani Cobb and David Remnick
-description: This anthology from the pages of The New Yorker provides the reader with stories of triumphs and tragedies regarding Black life in America. According to Cobb, this is not an anthology about race, but more of a collection about a set of events and the people who are tasked with confronting it, and a chronicle of our past and a vision for a better American future. Contributors include Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Toni Morrison, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Calvin Trillin, and many others.
Cobb, J. & Remnick, D. (Eds.). (2021). The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from The New Yorker. Ecco.
Reading the Bible from the Margins
-Miguel A. de la Torre
-description: de la Torre’s view is that issues involving race, class, and gender can influence biblical understanding, and those “standard” readings of the Bible are not always acceptable to ones on the “margins.”
de la Torre, M. (2002). Reading the Bible from the Margins. Orbis Books.
In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma
-Bernard Lafayette, Jr.
-Kathryn Lee Johnson
-University Press of Kentucky
-description: Written with Kathryn Lee Johnson, this memoir tells the story of Lafayette’s years in Selma, Alabama, a small, sleepy town that eventually became a nationally known battleground for racial equality and a site for social change in 1965. Born in 1940, Bernard Lafayette was a Freedom Rider, cofounder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a leader in the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins, a primary organizer of the 1965 Selma voting rights movement and an associate of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lafayette, B. & Johnson, K. (2019). In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma. University Press of Kentucky.
Jackson, 1964: And Other Dispatches from Fifty Years of Reporting on Race in America
-description: The author began his career as a journalist while covering the Civil Rights Movement in the South. He writes about issues that are as relevant today as they were in the sixties such as the role of race in the use of deadly force by police. Jackson 1964 is an account of a half-century of racism in America as witnessed by Trillin, an award-winning journalist and writer.
Trillin, C. (2016). Jackson, 1964: And Other Dispatches from Fifty Years of Reporting on Race in America. Random House.