Antiracism, Social Justice, and Peace Resources for Adults, October 2022
Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee
prepared by Alvin R. Blount
Costs may vary depending on where items are purchased.
Seven Pillars of Wisdom
-Hallerin Hilton Hill
-description: Hill is a radio talk show host, motivational speaker, and lives and works in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is also a songwriter who has written for artists such as Whitney Houston and Take 6, an a cappella gospel sextet that formed on the campus of Oakwood College, where Hill also graduated. This easy guide to developing a foundation of wisdom aims to assist one to make choices for a fulfilling life by exploring fear, discipline, love, finances, and more.
Hill, H. H. (2000). Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Wisdom House.
A Separate Circle: Jewish Life in Knoxville, TN
-Wendy Lowe Besmann
-University of Tennessee Press
-description: Wendy Besmann of Knoxville, TN, tells the story of Jews maintaining their rituals while living among their Christian neighbors in and around Knoxville for over 155 years. She shows through interviews and documentaries how immigrants adapted to East Tennessee and evolved from very humble beginnings to a diverse community of physicians, attorneys, and university professors. One of these Knoxville newsboys became a New York Times icon, and another became politically connected to and advised FDR on The New Deal.
Besmann, W. L. (2001). A Separate Circle: Jewish Life in Knoxville, Tennessee. University of Tennessee.
The Book of Pride: LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the World
-Audio CD, $25.99
-description: This resource highlights stories of determination during the gay rights movement from the 1960s until present day with interviews of activists, leaders, and ordinary citizens. These leaders experienced personal and political battles and threats of violence without help from family and friends.
Funk, M. (2019). The Book of Pride: LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the World.
A Head of Cabbage: A Memoir
-description: Johnson always had a thirst for knowledge, but her father never encouraged his children to become educated and only wanted them to help with his tobacco crop where he served as a sharecropper after losing his farm in the 1950s. He had a distrust for White people, education, and the government. When Barbara turned eighteen, he went as far as to threaten to kill her if she went to school without his permission, but somehow, she was able to attend Bennett College, an HBCU for women where she studied sociology. A Head of Cabbage is a personal narrative spanning decades of the struggles of a Black woman who was determined to live differently from her ancestors.
Johnson, B. (2022). A Head of Cabbage: A Memoir. Balboa Press.
A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
-Audio CD, $32.65
-description: These speeches outlined paths to democracy and economic freedom for all. In the audio version, they are voiced by Dr. King and some of the world’s most renowned leaders and theologians share reflections on these speeches in addition to firsthand testimonies. Narrators include Andrew Young, Coretta Scott King, Dr. Dorothy Height, Rep. John Lewis, and others.
Carson, C. (2001). A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hachette Audio.
Anchored in the Current: Discovering Howard Thurman as Educator, Activist, Guide, and Prophet
-Gregory C. Ellison II
-Westminster John Knox Press
-description: Howard Thurman was a mystic, educator, preacher, theologian, and one of America’s giants in religion during the twentieth century as he influenced politicians such as President Obama and social activists such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Marian Wright Edelman, and Barbara Brown Taylor in their quest for social justice and sharpening the thoughts of futures to come. Ellison is a professor in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
Ellison, G. (2020). Anchored in the Current: Discovering Howard Thurman as Educator, Activist, Guide, and Prophet. Westminster John Knox Press.