Racial Justice Resources: Lifting As We Climb

— Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. “We Should All Be Feminists.” Anchor Books, 2015. Short Essay. A perennial favorite among students. A digital copy available online here. A TedXEuston version, November 2012.

— Coaston, Jane. “The Intersectionality Wars.” Vox May 28, 2019. Overview of the term coined by Kimberle Crenshaw in 1989.

— Kimmel, Michael. “Why Gender Equality is Good for Everyone—Men Included.” TedWomen Talk May 2015. Sociologist Kimmel asks why people complain that someone “took my job” as if that person believes he already owns it or is entitled to consider it “mine.”

— Ramachandra, Vinoth. “How Racism, Sexism Subtly Infiltrate Church, Mission Work.” Good Faith Media, May 8, 2018.

— Collins, Patricia Hill. Intersectionality as Critical Social Theory. Duke University Press, 2019. She considers the matrix, or Venn diagram, of ways in which we may, intentionally or not, allow conditioned racism and sexism, whether one or the other – or both at the same time, prejudice our views of other people’s value and contributions.

— Cooper, Anna Julia. A Voice from the South. Dover Press, 2016. Written in 1892, her collection of essays focuses on racial progress and women’s rights.  Introduction by historian Janet Neary.

— Giddings, Paula. When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America (W. Morrow, 1984).  The title comes from Anna Julia Cooper telling a group of black clergymen in 1892, “Only the black woman can say ‘when and where I enter, in the quiet, undisputed dignity of my womanhood, without violence and without suing or special patronage, then and there the whole … race enters with me.’ “

— Higginbotham, Evelyn.  Righteous Discontent: The Women’s Movement in the Black Baptist Church, 1880-1920.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1993.

— Hill, Kimberly D. A Higher Mission: The Careers of Alonzo and Althea Brown Edmiston in Central Africa. A must-read for white Christians to understand Christianity and Christian missions as well as U. S. history in general. Look for virtual opportunities to hear more from Dr. Hill here.

— Jones, Martha S. Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All. Basic Books, 2020.

— Pace, Courtney. Freedom Faith: The Womanist Vision of Prathia Hall. University of Georgia Press, 2019. Biography.

— Williams, Delores S. Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenges of Womanist God-Talk. Orbis, 1993. The 4 components of theological influence of race oppression (horizontal encounter; vertical encounter; a transformation of consciousness; and epistemological process) that demonstrate “the contextual nature of all learning about God” is cited in Reggie Williams’ Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus (79).

— “Thinking With Our Hearts, Feeling with Our Brains.” Katie Geneva Cannon. Dec. 2017. Princeton Theological Seminary.



— National Association of Colored Women: “Lifting As We Climb.”