Resources for Racial Justice
The following are just a few examples of resources and ways to take action. There are many more resources and opportunities accessible online, and we encourage you to find them for yourself, and to share them with others. The Free Little Library by the Barn at Cedar Ridge contains books about addressing race for adults, youth and children. Please feel free to take and/or donate a book to help our community become increasingly educated about racial justice.
Education and Information:
- 13th—a feature length documentary on how our history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration of Black people in America. Available to view on YouTube and suitable for teens and adults.
- Just Mercy—free to watch on digital platforms (including YouTube, Netflix and Amazon) during the month of June, this is the true story of an African American wrongly convicted and sentenced to death.
- TED Talk on fighting racism in improving policing by Phillip Atiba Goff, Director of the Center for Policing Equity
- Talking About Race—the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s online portal to help families, individuals, and communities talk about racism and commit to being antiracist.
- Equal Justice Initiative: Tragic Death of George Floyd Reveals Continuing Problem of Police Violence—a reflection on the current state of police reform with recommendations for progress.
- Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect—a collection of reports and essays on policing in the USA available free to download.
- Waking Up White—an easy to read introduction to racial and cultural issues in America for White people.
- How to Be an Antiracist—a podcast of Brené Brown interviewing professor Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and the Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.
- To Fix the Problem, You Must Own It—a challenge to White America published by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Addition Resources for Families with Children:
- Talking about Race (National Geographic)
- Ten Tips on Teaching and Talking About Race (EmbraceRace)
- Talking about Race with Kids – Podcast (NPR and Sesame Street)
- Something Happened in My Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice – Read Aloud
- Social Justice Book List for Children and Youth
Join an Encounter Group at Cedar Ridge
- Cedar Ridge is holding a number of group discussions as part of a churchwide conversation online to help one another process, hold each other accountable, and pray together so that each of us can take action for racial justice.
Attend local protests
Donate to antiracist organizations
- NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
- Baltimore Legal Action Team bail fund
- Equal Justice Initiative
Contact representatives about police brutality
- Join Color of Change to receive email updates about ongoing campaigns
Speak out against racism
- Share factually correct reports
- Read and share (with their permission) the stories of people of color
Call out racism in a productive and loving way
Support Black-owned businesses
The Vigil for George Floyd and Racial Justice
Our nation is in uproar as many take to the streets to express righteous, healthy and holy anger at the death of George Floyd—yet another person of color murdered as a product of the deep-seated racial injustice and white supremacy in our society. We need to own the problem of endemic racism in our culture; we need to lament and repent; and, before seeking comfort, we need to face this pain and let it drive us to be the change we want to see in the world. This “drive in” vigil—held on Saturday, June 6—was one small step along that journey.
You can read the text of the service here.
Prayer Vigil for George Floyd and Racial Justice at Cedar Ridge Community Church www.crcc.org
Posted by Cedar Ridge Community Church on Saturday, June 6, 2020