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Curated by Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., Christian Antwi, Michelle Thomas-Bush, Adam Alexander, Brian Shivers,
Genie Richards, and Vance Stiles

©2014-2024 All Rights Reserved America & Moore, LLC

It is impossible to do Christian theology with integrity in America without asking the question, What has the gospel to do with the Black struggle for liberation?”

– Rev. Dr. James Cone


The Christian Church, for many, has been seen as a catalyst for justice and righteousness across the United States. After all, the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement was grounded in the Church. Leaders such as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Fannie Lou Hamer, Rep. John Lewis, and Rosa Parks cite Christian theology and biblical teachings as influencing factors in their fight for equity.

Though, for many others, the Christian Church has dominated and oppressed. Enslaved peoples were forced to abandon their identities and adopt the faith. The bible was even used to continue the enslavement of our Black and Brown neighbors.


No human institution is perfect, the Church is no exception. The good news is that we are in the midst of an opportunity to use the Gospel as a means of anti-racist liberation and education in our own lives. As Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taught, “Our goal is to create a Beloved Community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.”


Black Lives Matter Sign, woman and US flag

Why Black Lives Matter


United Church of Christ

Close up of woman in basketball jersey leaning forward

Your Silence Is a Knee on My Neck


Natasha Cloud

Richmond Times Dispatch

Churches ACT to take down Confederate Monument*


Requires Richmond Times-Dispatch Subscription

William Barber

William Barber Takes on Poverty and Race in the Age of Trump


Jelani Cobb

The New Yorker

Basketball players arm in arm wearing social justice t-shirts



Kyle Krover

Black pastor preaching

Jesus Was Divisive: A Black Pastor's Message To White Christians


Isabella Rosario

Code Switch Podcast

AA LGBTQ Youth Report

African American LGBTQ Youth Report


Human Rights Campaign

Taryn Finley

Jesus Wasn't White and Here's Why That Matters

Taryn Finley


Jesus shown as a white man

Insisting Jesus Was White Is Bad History and Bad Theology

Jonathan Merritt

The Atlantic

CNN Editorial Page

White Southerners, Our Souls Are at Stake. We Must Speak Up Now

Joanna Adams


People protesting for social justice

The Assumptions of White Privilege and What We Can Do About It


Bryan N. Massingale

National Catholic Reporter

Reparations Can

Racial Reconciliation Hustlers and my Progressive Christian Case for Reparations


Rev. Billy Michael Honor

Brian Shivers White man and woman smiling

My Team, My Friends, and a Racist Welcome

Bryan Shivers

Kareem Abdul-Jabar and other Black male athletes in front of microphones

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: What Sports Have Taught Me About Race in America

The Guardian


Access most where you listen to podcasts


Gil Scott Heron, “The Revolution will not be Televised”

Otis Redding, “Change Gonna Come”

Billie Holliday, “Strange Fruit”

Marvin Gaye, “What’s Goin’ On”

Terrain, “Let Love Lead”

Buffalo Springfield, “For What It’s Worth”

Michael Jackson, “Black or White”

Kirk Franklin, “Revolution”

Kirk Franklin, “Strong God”

Lecrae, “Tell the World”

Chance the Rapper, “How Great” 

David Lamotte, “God of the Movement and Martyrs”

The Many, “These Bodies”

The Many, “Let Justice Rain” 

DJ Tony Tone (Radio Host)

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Langston Hughes “Kids who Die” (read by Danny Glover)

Sterling Brown “Old Lem”

Brian Shivers Untitled- June 24th

Brian Shivers Unpacking Stories

Morgan Harper Poetry

Friends – Spoken Word

Sarah Ogletree “From Domination to Dominion”

MLK JR “Mountaintop Sermon”

William Barber “Preaching is more than Words”

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Cringe with Marc van Bulck: Conversations on Belhar


J. Herbert Nelson, Denise Anderson, Charles Wiley, Amy Snow

Revisionist History

Leading Equity Podcast

Malcolm Gladwell

History Chicks

The History Chicks: Harriet Tubman

History Chicks

The History Chicks: Sojourner Truth

Prophetic Resistance Podcast

Prophetic Resistance Podcast: Interview with Rev. Alvin Herring

Prophetic Resistance  Podcast

Prophetic Resistance Podcast: Discussion with Rev. Billy Michael Honor

The Word Is Resistance

The Word is Resistance: Romans: The Wages of Whiteness

The Freedom Road Podcast

Freedom Road Podcast: Silence is Not Spiritual

Holy Post Podcast

Holy Post: Race, Riots, and Rethinking the Gospel

Pod for the Cause

Queerology: On Justice

Pod for the Cause

Queerology: On Performative Activist and Black Joy 

The Commonweal Podcast

The Commonweal Podcast: Worship of a False God


Doug Sweeney on American Evangelicals and Racial and Ethnic Partiality



Purge Me 

Isaiah 58

(8 minutes)

Systemic Racism Explained

(4 minutes)

The Danger of Silence


Clint Smith

(5 minutes)

What Is the Definition of Microaggression?



(5 minutes)

My Dead Black Body: Original Reflection from Darren Calhoun



(10 minutes)

How to Raise a Black Son in America


Clint Smith – TED

(5 minutes)

The Differences Between Equality, Equity, and Justice


U of Minnesota

(4 minutes)


How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time

Baratunde Thurston

(17 minutes)

50 Years of Racism – Why Silence Isn’t the Answer


James A. White Sr.


(15 minutes)

Race, Religion & Resistance



(27 minutes)

Black Murder Is Normal 


Michael Smith

TEDx Talks

(20 minutes)

I Grew Up in Poverty. Here’s Why I Recognize My White Privilege


Tom Rietz

TEDx Talks

(14 minutes)

'17' ft Ty Dolla $ign, Raphael Saadiq, Mali Music and Elijah Blake


A Visual EP

(19 minutes)

What is the Matthew 25 Vision?


Presbyterian Church USA

(8 minutes)

The Cross and the Lynching Tree


James Cone

(5 minutes)

A Conversation with James Cone (Religion and Violence)

(21 minutes)

The Courageous Women of Local 22



(3 minutes)

Strange Fruit


Salt Project

(11 minutes)

Journey to Liberation: The Legacy of Womanist Theology


Union Theological Seminary

(12 minutes)

Race in America


Phil Vischer

(18 minutes)



Ava DuVerny

(1 hour, 40 minutes)


I Am Not Your Negro*


Raoul Peck

(1 hour, 35 minutes)

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The Best of Enemies*


Robin Bissell

(2 hours, 13 minutes)

*Rent, buy, or watch on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Netflix,  Redbox, or Vudu



Ava DuVerny

(2 hours, 8minutes)

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A More Perfect Union


Peter Sagal – PBS

(1 hour)



Reginald Hudlin

(2 hours)

*Rent, buy, or watch on Netflix, Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, or Vudu

Just Mercy*


Destin Daniel Cretton

(2 hours, 16 minutes)

*Rent or buy on Apple TV, Amazon Video, Vudu, Microsoft Store, Google Play Movies, YouTube, DIRECTV, AMC on Demand, or Redbox



Youth on social media

Follow racial justice activists, educators, organizations, and movements on social media. (You can explore posts without having an account.) Consider connecting with any of the people or organizations you learn from other actions.

Pro Tip: Check out who these organizations follow, quote, share, and retweet to find more people and organizations to follow.

Clint Smith on Twitter @ClintSmithIII

Antiracism Center @antiracismctr (
, Instagram)

Audre Lorde Project @audrelorde (Twitter) @audrelordeproject (Instagram)

Black Women’s Blueprint @BlackWomensBP (Twitter)

@blackwomensblueprint (Instagram)

Color of Change @colorofchange (Twitter and Instagram)

Colorlines @colorlines (Twitter) @colorlinesnews (Instagram)

The Conscious Kid @consciouskidlib (Twitter) @consciouskid (Instagram)

Equal Justice Initiative @ej

l_org (Twitter and Instagram)

Kelly Latimore 

Gerald Griffin


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Engagement can be the hardest part for people new to racial justice work. Engaging in racially mixed settings can trigger age-old power and privilege dynamics. The goal is to be a learner, more than a know-er, exactly the opposite of what dominant US culture teaches us to be.

How to confront racism with the people you are close with 

Petitions to sign

Research which businesses in your area are black owned and transfer one weekly purchase to that business

Stop racist jokes

Engage with your friends and family who are of voting age. Are they registered to vote? Have they voted? Engage with them to make sure they are registered and will be voting! Use to figure out your state’s details! 

Who to call for action

Pick a local bill or issue to make your representative more aware of and send them a letter using these guidelines

Community Building within your High School:

Become a member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture to help elevate the African American experience to its rightful place at the center of our nation’s history and culture

Stop the Hate – Take action against Racism Resources



Difficult emotions––such as shame and anger––though uncomfortable to feel, can guide you to deeper self-awareness about how power and privilege impacts you and the people in your life.

Reflecting and journaling enhances learning. By using a 21-Day Reflect tool each day, you discover how much you are actually understanding and making meaning. It helps you to transform your personal experience into a learning experience, and thus build your racial equity habits.


Disrupting white supremacy, white privilege, and other forms of oppression can be emotionally taxing and exhausting. You will need to fuel up to stay in the work. We offer ideas to explore through the link below.

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