West End United Methodist Church

Our Racial History

Stamped from the Beginning – Ibram X Kendi

Why We Can’t Wait – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Walking Against the Wind – John Lewis

Racial Reconciliation for Beginners

The Color of Compromise – Jemar Tisby

Be the Bridge – Latasha Morrison

How to be an Anti-Racist – Ibram X Kendi

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness – Austin Channing Brown

Jesus and the Disinherited – Howard Thurman

Why Are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria – Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

I’m Black, I’m Christian, I’m Methodist – ed. by Rudy Rasmus

But I Don’t See You as Asian: Curating Conversations about Race – Bruce Reyes-Chow

Policy History

The Color of Law – Richard Rothstein

Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson

The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander

Mass Incarceration

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

Hard Time: Understanding and Reforming the Prison – Robert Johnson

Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People’s Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time – James Kilgore

Slouching Toward Tyranny: Mass Incarceration, Death Sentences and Racism Rev. Joseph B. Ingle

The Inferno: A Southern Morality Tale – Rev. Joseph B. Ingle

Last Rights: Thirteen Fatal Encounters with the State’s Justice – Rev. Joseph B. Ingle

The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions – Sister Helen Prejean

Dead Man Walking – Sister Helen Prejean

Beyond Prisons: A New Interfaith Paradigm for Our Failed Prison System – Laura Magnani and Harmon L. Wray

First-Person Accounts

Locked Up: Letters and Papers of a Prisoner of Conscience – Don Beisswenger

Life on the Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett – Jennifer Gonnerman

Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women – Susan Burton and Cari Lynn

Facing the U.S. Prison Problem 2.3 Million Strong: An Ex-Con’s View of the Mistakes and the Solutions – Shawn R. Griffith

Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison – Shaka Senghor

So I Can Live: Visons of Life from Death Row – W. S. Lyon, editor

Secrets from a Prison Cell: A Convict’s Eyewitness Accounts of the Dehumanizing Drama of Life Behind Bars – Tony Vick with Michael T. McRay

I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters – Bayard Rustin

Deep Studies

The Cross and the Lynching Tree – James Cone

A Black Theology of Liberation – James Cone

Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength – Dr. Chanequa Walker- Barnes

I Bring the Voices of My People – Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes

Prophetic Lament – Dr. Soong-Chan Rah

Decolonizing Christianity: Becoming Badass Believers – Miguel De La Torre

Films (Documentaries and Narrative Film)

When They See Us

Just Mercy



Rustin (premieres November 17, 2023 on Netflix)

Anti-Racism Resources for Youth Non-Fiction

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped from the Beginning – Jason Reynolds & Ibram X Kendi

Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States – edited by Joe Macaré, Maya Schenwar, and Alana Yu-lan Price

Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice – Brian Stevenson

How It Went Down – Kekla Magoon

Dear Martin – Nic Stone (9th grade up)

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas (8th grade up)

I Am Alfonso Jones – Tony Medina (9th grade up, graphic novel)


When They See Us

The Hate U Give

Just Mercy



See You Yesterday

Rustin (premieres November 17, 2023 on Netflix)

Additional Resources

Smithsonian “Talking About Race” Online Portal  

Teen Vogue’s articles on racism and activism

Race Talk: Engaging Young People in Conversations about Race and Racism