Springfield UU Meetinghouse, Vermont
Nurturing the Spirit, Healing the World
Resources on Black Lives Matter and Racism
“Any honest examination of the national life proves how far we are from the standard of human freedom with which we began. The recovery of this standard, demands of everyone who loves this country a hard look at himself, for the greatest achievements must begin somewhere, and they always begin with the person. If we are not capable of this examination, we may yet become one of the most distinguished and monumental failures in the history of nations.” James Baldwin, 1959
Newly added resources January 2021:
Vermont Digger Article “The often untold story of growing up Black in the second-whitest state”
Chase Jones video (<11 min): “Growing up Black in a White Community”
Let us wake up.
Not just from the Sunday morning exhaustion, from the wish for a few more drowsy minutes in bed.
Let us wake up to this world we live in: to its beauty and wonder, and also to its tragedy and pain.
We must wake up to this reality: that not all in our world have what we do, however much or little that is.
We must wake up to the idea that our wholeness, our lives, are only as complete as the lives of those around us, of those we are inextricably tied to in a great web of mutuality, of which all of us are part.
We must #staywoke, in the words of our friends and colleagues involved in Black Lives Matter, working every day for racial justice in our country.
Let us wake up, let us stay awake, let us #staywoke.
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man with Emannuel Acho (book and series of videos): https://uncomfortableconvos.com/
Their Names are Mine by Rajnii Eddins (book and website): https://www.rajniieddins.com/
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson – “Wilkerson’s work is the missing puzzle piece of our country’s history.” The American Prospect
“Just Mercy” The Story of Civil Rights Attorney Bryan Stevenson. Film and book. A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.
“My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies.” Resmaa Menakem.
June 6,2020 interview with Krista Tippitt on “ON Being” NPR. https://onbeing.org/programs/resmaa-menakem-notice-the-rage-notice-the-silence/
July 9, “On Being” with Krista Tippett – Robin DiAngelo and Resmaa Menakem In Conversation https://onbeing.org/programs/robin-diangelo-and-resmaa-menakem-in-conversation/
“The Hate U Give” Angie Thomas the Vermont Reads for 2020. Free copies through the Meetinghouse and Springfield Town Library. “An incisive and engrossing perspective of the life of a black teenage girl.” The Atlantic. “…a vital look at racism and police violence.” Newsweek
“Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World and Become a Good Ancestor” by Layla Saad. Based on the viral Instagram challenge that captivated participants worldwide, Me and White Supremacy takes readers on a 28-day journey, complete with journal prompts, to do the necessary and vital work that can ultimately lead to improving race relations. Workbook and video.
“White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo. Written in 2018 by a white sociologist, Book, YouTube . Robin DiAngelo and Resmaa Menakem were interviewed together by Krista Tippet on “On Being” (NPR) on July 9th https://onbeing.org/programs/robin-diangelo-and-resmaa-menakem-in-conversation/
“Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates published in 2015. This award winning book is a letter the author wrote to his son explaining the racism he would have to live with. A quote from the book — “Here is what I would like for you to know: In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage.”
Toni Morrison film “The Pieces That I Am” From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ’70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni leads an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition. https://www.tonimorrisonfilm.com/
Race Gap – From birth to death Black people face systemic disadvantages in American life more than 150 years after slavery was abolished. From Reuters Graphics. https://graphics.reuters.com/GLOBAL-RACE/USA/nmopajawjva/#0
REP. JOHN LEWIS
“March: Book One, “the Vermont Reads 2019 selection. It is the first of a trilogy written by civil rights icon John Lewis, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and award-winning graphic artist Nate Powell.