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


Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

Deray Mckesson, twitter activist #BlackLivesMatter

Johnetta Elzia, twitter activist #BlackLivesMatter

Shaun King, blogger

Feminista Jones, blogger

Elon James White, This Week In Blackness #TWIB

Franchesca Ramsey, YouTube activist
Shit white girls say to black girls:
Sometimes you’re a caterpillar:

Akilah Hughes, YouTube activist
Meet your first black girlfriend:
On intersectionality, feminism, and pizza:

Tim Wise, white anti-racist activist



Housing discrimination report

The racist housing policy that made your neighborhood

A battle for fair housing is raging but mostly forgotten

Race & income inequality

Racial disparities in lending


Data snapshot: school discipline

Status and trends in black education


Racial bias in hiring

Whiter jobs, higher wages – EPI Report


Racial trends

Is prison the new Jim Crow?

International prison population trends…

US has largest prison population in the world

Racism in the prison industrial complex

Criminal justice fact sheet


Race & the drug war (coke vs cocaine info)

Show me your papers

Blacks suffer under stop & frisk – man stopped 258 times

Disproportionate minority contact – Report

Racial gaps in arrests – a staggering disparity


Police militarization…

Police brutality statistics

Twice a week white officers shoot black suspects