Black Lives Matter. Educate yourself. Take ownership of your learning in order to understand systemic racism and the work that needs to be done, internally and externally, to bring about change.⁣

As you are learning, please explore this list of resources suggested by MTR educators, staff, community partners, and local churches:

Books to read

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Bloodlines, by John Piper
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin
The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
Let Justice Roll Down, by John Perkins
Letters Across the Divide: Two Friends Explore Racism, Friendship, and Faith, by David Anderson and Brent Zuercher
The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander
The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock 
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, by Ibram X. Kendi
Tears We Cannot Stop, by Michael Eric Dyson
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity, by Trillia Newbell
Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
We Were Eight Years in Power, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, by Carol Anderson
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, Beverly Daniel Tatum

Books for kids

The Skin You Live In, by Michael Tyler
God’s Very Good Idea: A True Story of God’s Delightfully Different Family, by Trillia Newbell
Follow the Drinking Gourd, by Jeanette Winter
Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky, by Faith Ringgold
The Gospel in Color
Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness
Article: Children’s Books that Tackle Race and Ethnicity
Talking to Kids about Race and Racism

Articles, Blog Posts, and Videos

“America’s Racial Contract Is Killing Us” by Adam Serwer | Atlantic (May 8, 2020)
“The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic (June 2014)
The Chasm Between White Theology and Black Liberation
Equipping the Next Generation to Embrace Gospel Diversity (Jackie Hill Perry)
The Faces of American Power
“How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion” | Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools (18:26)
“The Intersectionality Wars” by Jane Coaston | Vox (May 28, 2019)
Race: The Power of an Illusion
The Racial Dot Map
Racism and Discrimination in Health Care
Reject Overt and Covert White Supremacy
Subversive White Privilege
Structural Racism: The Child of Structural Pride
Theologians and White Supremacy: An Interview with James H. Cone
Transforming White Fragility into Courageous Imperfection
What Scientists Mean When They Say Race Is Not Genetic
“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Knapsack Peggy McIntosh
White Privilege Statistics
Whiteness 101
The Witness
“Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi | Atlantic (May 12, 2020)
Why David Platt and Ligon Duncan Repented for Racial Blindness


1619 (New York Times)
About Race
Code Switch (NPR)
Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)
Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)

Films and TV series

13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975
Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu)
Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) 
I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin documentary)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton)
King In The Wilderness  — HBO
See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
Selma (Ava DuVernay)
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.)
When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

Follow on Social Media

Antiracism Center: Twitter
Audre Lorde Project: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook 
Black Women’s Blueprint: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Color Of Change: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Colorlines: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
The Conscious Kid: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Equal Justice Initiative (EJI): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Families Belong Together: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
MPowerChange: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook 
Muslim Girl: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
NAACP: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
National Domestic Workers Alliance: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
RAICES: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook 
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
SisterSong: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
United We Dream: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook