Follow-up Materials to Prayer Service on Justice and Equality

Following last Friday’s prayer service on justice and equality, a number of parishioners reached out asking for suggestions on reading and viewing materials to explore these topics in more depth. Below are our suggestions.

Suggested Books

The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement by Taylor Branch

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin D’Angelo

How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

For Young Readers: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning”

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson **WB has made the movie free for rent on all digital platforms.

How We Fight White Supremacy by Akiba Solomon

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Additional suggestions by Ibram X. Kendi from the New York Times


“How to Make This Moment the Turning Point for Real Change” on Medium by President Barack Obama

“Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” in the Atlantic by Ibram X. Kendi

“Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge” LATimes Op-Ed by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“The Case for Reparations” in the Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates

“The Intersectionality Wars” in Vox by Jane Coaston

“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh

Brooklyn Heights Role in the Underground Railroad Article: and Podcast episode: (

Dissenting opinion on antiracism: “The Virtue Signalers Won’t Change the World” (Atlantic, 2018) by John McWhorter

Dissenting opinion on How To Be An Antiracist: How to Be an Anti-Intellectual” in City Journal by Coleman Hughes

Dissenting opinion on identity politics: “I am a White Man. Hear Me Out” in the New York Times by Frank Bruni

What to Watch

Trevor Noah statement on George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper

Spike Lee Short Film – “3 Brothers – Radio Raheem, Eric Garner And George Floyd”

Just Mercy – Available for free on VOD

13th – on Netflix

Dear White People (movie) – on Netflix

When They See Us – on Netflix

Time: The Kalief Browder Story – on Netflix

The Hate U Give – on Hulu

Fruitvale Station – on VOD

I Am Not Your Negro – on VOD

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. – Amazon Prime and (

Short Clip which explains systemic racism (

Sesame Street – This is a good clip parents can share with their kids, (


What to Listen To

The 1619 Project – a 6 part podcast by the New York Times

Seeing White – a 14 part documentary series exploring whiteness in America from Scene On Radio

Code Switch on NPR – news viewed through the lens of race and identity


Additional List of Resources

The Muse – Action Toolkit

Anti-racism Resources for White People