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Racial Justice & Reconciliation Ministry

 

Mission Statement

Following the commandment of Jesus Christ to love our neighbors as ourselves, and living into our Baptismal Covenant to respect the dignity of every human being, RJR works to promote racial reconciliation, justice, healing, understanding, and forgiveness within our parish and the communities where we live and serve.

Events

Summer Classes

Recent protests and renewed conversation about racial justice and reconciliation have many people curious about these issues and the role of the Episcopal Church therein. You’re invited to join your clergy for a discussion of two resources this summer uncovering untold stories of Richmond’s history and the Episcopal Church’s history with race, power, and division.

Richmond’s Unhealed History, Book Study

After this week’s “An Hour with Clergy – Richmond’s Unhealed History,” we are starting a 9-week book study with the Rev. Dr. Mark Cooper.
  • Beginning July 21st on Zoom at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays
Please sign up by emailing communications@doers.org
The book is available from Richmond Hill Bookstore, Chop Suey Bookstore, and Fountain Bookstore. And, online as well.

Christian Discipleship and the Problem of Racism

Bexley-Seabury Seminary and St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church are inviting Episcopal parishes churchwide to take part in this webinar series. On Tuesday, July 28 at 6pm, the Rev. Dr. Reggie Williams, professor of Christian ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, will be the inaugural speaker in a series of monthly webinars that will help explore the connection between Christian discipleship and the problem of racism. This free, public seminar is offered by St. Chrysostom’s Church in Chicago, in partnership with Bexley-Seabury Seminary. To register, sign up at
https://bit.ly/cdprregister

Materials and Resources

Small-Group Discussion (10 Sessions)

Coming to St. James’s September 2020

A resource designed for use by Episcopal congregations, Sacred Ground is a ten-part film and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. This series is specially designed to help white people talk with other white people. You are invited to join one of our small, lay-facilitated groups. Meeting once or twice a month, each small group walks through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.  To enroll in a Sacred Ground Small Group at St. James’s, please register by September 10 at https://forms.gle/BVcSxWUPXbfUmcg79   

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Getting Started

Talking about Race, an online guide for individuals, caregivers/parents, and teachers by the National Museum of African-American History and Culture
http://www.tracesofthetrade.org/
In the feature documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide.
The Origin of Others, by Toni Morrison
“What is race and why does it matter? What motivates the human tendency to construct Others? Why does the presence of Others make us afraid?”—The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures
Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race, by Debby Irving
“Brave… A jolting and continuing journey from white oblivion to white awareness described in a honest way that may inspire others to do such transformational work on themselves….Empathetic.”—Peggy McIntosh Associate Director, Wellesley Centers for Women, and Founder and Senior Associate, National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum
Race: The Power of an Illusionhttps://www.pbs.org/race/000_General/000_00-Home.htm
Black Boy, by Richard Wright
Classic American autobiography about a young black man escaping the south in the 1930s
Safe Space Radio: Talking to White Kids about Race and Racism
http://www.wnyc.org/story/talking-white-kids-about-race-and-racism/ Many white parents have never learned how to talk about race and racism with their kids. Their silence perpetuates racism—but it can be hard to know how to start.
How to Be Anti-Racist, a free online webinar by Ibram X. Kendihttps://www.facebook.com/events/682977602280514/
American Slavery, American Freedom, by Edmund Morgan
Growing Up in Civil Rights Richmond: A Community Remembers (University of Richmond Exhibit)
Richmond’s Unhealed History, by Ben Campbell
“In these powerful and eloquent pages, Ben Campbell reveals a complicated history that has been hidden in plain sight…Though writing here as a historian, [he] writes for the future, for the healing that is yet to come”—Edward Ayers, President, University of Richmond
Digging up the Past at a Richmond Jail (Smithsonian Magazine, 2009)
Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle, by Kristen Green
Loving (major motion picture)
The Power of Empty Pedestals, two essays, by Michael Dickinson and Gregory Smithershttps://bittersoutherner.com/2020/the-power-of-empty-pedestals
Our Pain, by Wendell L. Taylor (Voice recording)https://soundcloud.com/user-237509730/our-pain
Article on Emancipation Monument in DC
Healing the Heart of America (Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QJZRjPnw0I In June 1993, citizens of Richmond, Virginia the former capital of the Confederacy initiated: Healing the Heart of America: an honest conversation on race, reconciliation and responsibility.
Montecello 2020 event online

Families

Raising White Kids, by Jennifer Harvey
resource for white parents in how to talk to their white kids about race — from early toddler years on up
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, by Beverly Daniel Tatum
“Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria was a landmark publication when it appeared in 1997. Twenty years later this updated edition is as fresh, poignant and timely as ever.”―Earl Lewis, President, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
https://centerracialjustice.org/resources/resources-for-talking-about-race-racism-and-racialized-violence-with-kids/
RESOURCES FOR TALKING ABOUT RACE, RACISM AND RACIALIZED VIOLENCE WITH KIDS
“It’s never too early to talk with children about race,” by Brita Belli, YaleNews
“Your kids aren’t too young to talk about race: Resource Roundup,” by Katrina Mitchie
Safe Space Radio: Talking to White Kids about Race and Racism
http://www.wnyc.org/story/talking-white-kids-about-race-and-racism/ Many white parents have never learned how to talk about race and racism with their kids. Their silence perpetuates racism—but it can be hard to know how to start.
Something Happened In Our Town, by Celano/Collins/Hazzard
Ages 4-8. You can watch a recording of an 8th grade kid reading it here
Separate is Never Equal, by Sylvia MendezAges 6-9
Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman? by Patricia C. McKissackAges 8-12
Let’s Talk About Race, by Julius LesterAges 4-8
God’s Dream, by Archbishop Desmond TutuAges 2-3

Digging Deeper

Our Pain, by Wendell L. Taylor (Voice recording)https://soundcloud.com/user-237509730/our-pain
Equal Justice Initiative Web Sitehttps://eji.org
This “powerful and disturbing history” exposes how American governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwidehttps://wwnorton.com/books/The-Color-of-Law/
The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, a Legacy of Secrets, and my Search for the Truth, by Karen Branan
“If you think Faulkner made it up, enlighten yourself by reading Karen Branan’s nonfiction account of a lynching in the family. What makes this “past is not past’ lesson so moving and admirable is the exacting reportorial clarity with which Branan approaches the confusion of race, sex, murder, and myth in her Southern bloodlines. A model of truth-seeking.”—Diane McWhorter, Pulitzer Prizewinning author of Carry Me Home
Just Mercy, by Bryan StevensonAlso now a film
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Thick: And Other Essays, by Tressie McMillan Cottom
“Thick gets into the messiness of US culture, exposing what Americans want to say but are sometimes too afraid or too unaware to say. . . . In essence, this book is about the compromises we make for the sake of control.” —Christian Century
Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, by Ibram X. Kendi
“Kendi upends many commonly held beliefs about how racism works, exploring the ideas and thinkers behind our most intractable social and cultural problem.” —The Boston Globe
Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, by Douglas A. Blackmon
Using a vast record of original documents and personal narratives, Blackmon unearths the lost stories of slaves and their descendants who journeyed into freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation and then back into the shadow of involuntary servitude shortly thereafter. By turns moving, sobering, and shocking, this unprecedented account reveals the stories of those who fought unsuccessfully against the re-emergence of human labor trafficking, the companies that profited most from neoslavery, and the insidious legacy of racism that reverberates today.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, by Edward E. Baptist
Stand Your Ground, by Kelly Brown Douglas
Video: The Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart on policing, reconciliation, black lives and the church’s role
Ted Talk: How we’re Priming some kids for college and others for Prsion
“The black-white wage gap is as big as it was in 1950,” by David Leonhardt, New York Times
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin J. DiAngelo
“The value in White Fragility lies in its methodical, irrefutable exposure of racism in thought and action, and its call for humility and vigilance.” —The New Yorker
https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/fall-2018/what-is-white-privilege-really
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/white-privilege-racism-ibram-x-kendi-robin-diangelo/
https://www.businessinsider.com/white-privilege-real-look-at-coronavirus-impact-on-black-america-2020-6
https://www.athensnews.com/opinion/readers_forum/illuminating-white-privilege/article_936b2604-aa90-11ea-9a0c-2fb45377c8f2.html
Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race, by Debby Irving
“Brave… A jolting and continuing journey from white oblivion to white awareness described in a honest way that may inspire others to do such transformational work on themselves….Empathetic.”—Peggy McIntosh Associate Director, Wellesley Centers for Women, and Founder and Senior Associate, National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum
Seeing White, Season 2 of SceneOn Radio (Podcast)https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/
“The black-white wage gap is as big as it was in 1950,” by David Leonhardt, New York Times
“Racism is not a black problem: White silence is no longer a privilege,” by Junius B. Dotson, United Methodist Church
Narrative of Sojourner Truth, by Sojourner Truth
The Autobiography of Malcolm X, as told to Alex Haley
The Cross and the Lynching Tree, by James H. Cone
“One of the Top 11 Religion Books of the Year,” The Huffington Post First Place Award in Theology, Catholic Press Association Gold Medal Winner, Independent Book Publishers Book Awards Nautilus Book Award (Silver)
12 Years a Slave, by Solomon Northup
Jesus and the Disinherited, by Howard Thurman