Book Club January 2018

Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman

Vince Harding in the Foreword says, “[Jesus and the Disinherited] is the centerpiece of the Black prophet-mystic’s lifelong attempt to bring the harrowing beauty of the African-American experience into deep engagement with what he called ‘the religion of Jesus.’ Ultimately his goal was to offer this humanizing combination as the basis for an emancipatory way of being, moving toward a fundamentally unchained life that is available to all the women and men everywhere who hunger and thirst for righteousness, especially those ‘who stand with their backs against the wall.’”

Howard Thurman (1900-1981) was the first black dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University and cofounder of the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco, California, the first inter-racially copastored church in America.  At BU, Thurman was a mentor to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who always carried with him Thurman’s book “Jesus and the Disinherited.”

Additional Resources

Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves by Jon Greenberg (a great place to start reading)
30 Articles by People of Color that Everyone Should Read
Baltimore Racial Justice Action (books, videos, web)
16 Honest Books About Slavery That Young People Should Actually Read
Criss Crass (Author, Educator, Movement Builder
7 Important Books from the Harlem Renaissance
New York Times Race/Related Archives

ANTI-RACIST ACTIVISTS TO FOLLOW

Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow
http://www.amazon.com/The-New-Crow-In

Deray Mckesson, twitter activist #BlackLivesMatter
https://twitter.com/deray
http://thisisthemovement.launchrock.com/

Johnetta Elzia, twitter activist #BlackLivesMatter
https://twitter.com/nettaaaaaaaa
http://thisisthemovement.launchrock.com/

Shaun King, blogger
https://twitter.com/shaunking

Feminista Jones, blogger
https://twitter.com/feministajones

Elon James White, This Week In Blackness #TWIB
https://twitter.com/elonjames
http://thisweekinblackness.com/

Franchesca Ramsey, YouTube activist
https://youtube.com/chescaleigh
Shit white girls say to black girls:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylPUz
Sometimes you’re a caterpillar:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRiWg

Akilah Hughes, YouTube activist
https://youtube.com/smoothiefreak
Meet your first black girlfriend:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDiU0
On intersectionality, feminism, and pizza:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgK3N

Tim Wise, white anti-racist activist
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tim-Wi

REFERENCED, SOURCES, AND FURTHER READING

WEALTH & HOUSING

Housing discrimination report
http://www.huduser.org/portal/publica

The racist housing policy that made your neighborhood
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/a

A battle for fair housing is raging but mostly forgotten
http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2

Race & income inequality
http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/washington

Racial disparities in lending
https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-c

EDUCATION

Data snapshot: school discipline
https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/lis

Status and trends in black education
http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo

EMPLOYMENT

Racial bias in hiring
http://www.chicagobooth.edu/capideas/

Whiter jobs, higher wages – EPI Report
http://www.epi.org/publication/whiter

MASS INCARCERATION

Racial trends
http://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/p

Is prison the new Jim Crow?
http://www.uua.org/multiculturalism/g

International prison population trends
http://www.prisonstudies.org/highest-…

US has largest prison population in the world
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014

Racism in the prison industrial complex
http://www.colorlines.com/articles/ma

Criminal justice fact sheet
http://www.naacp.org/pages/criminal-j

RACIAL PROFILING

Race & the drug war (coke vs cocaine info)
http://www.drugpolicy.org/race-and-dr

Show me your papers
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2012

Blacks suffer under stop & frisk – man stopped 258 times
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/a

Disproportionate minority contact – Report
http://sentencingproject.org/doc/publ

Racial gaps in arrests – a staggering disparity
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/na

POLICE BRUTALITY

Police militarization
https://www.aclu.org/issues/criminal-…

Police brutality statistics
http://graphs.net/police-brutality-st

Twice a week white officers shoot black suspects
http://mic.com/articles/96452/one-tro