82 Books Published by 1517 Media on AALBC — Book Cover Collage

Click for more detail about Justice for Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind by Julius Garvey Justice for Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind

by Julius Garvey
Broadleaf Books (Nov 19, 2024)
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Join thought leaders fighting to win the posthumous pardon of Marcus Garvey, one of the most influential figures in Black history.

Marcus Garvey (1887-1940) was a Black political activist, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator who founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League, which had a following of more than six million African descended people worldwide. Despite his massive popularity, this Jamaican born international leader was wrongfully sentenced to prison by the U.S. government on trumped-up mail-fraud charges.

While exoneration efforts began immediately and have continued since his sentencing, a new groundswell movement for Garvey’s posthumous pardon is underway—led by his nonagenarian, still-spirited son, Julius Garvey.

Edited by Julius Garvey, Justice for Marcus Garvey is a collection of informative essays and personal narratives about the senior Garvey’s life and work, demonstrating his essential influence on current social justice movements. The book features contributions from thought leaders and activists, including a foreword by bestselling author Ta-Nehisi Coates. Contributors include Paul Coates, founder/director of Black Classic Press; Goulda Downer, president of the Caribbean-American Political Action Committee (C-PAC); Justin Hansford, professor at Howard University School of Law; Maulana Karenga, widely known as the creator of the holiday Kwanzaa; and Troy Johnson, Founder of the African American Literature Book Club.

Justice for Marcus Garvey is a tribute and rallying cry for one of the preeminent champions of Black pride and self-determination.


Click for more detail about Youth Change Agent: Empower a Young Person to Make the Transition to a Better Life by Keith Strickland and Lucas L. Johnson II Youth Change Agent: Empower a Young Person to Make the Transition to a Better Life

by Keith Strickland and Lucas L. Johnson II
Broadleaf Books (Jun 04, 2024)
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Youth Change Agent empowers adults dedicated to preventing young people from taking the wrong path. You can become the change agent youth need to succeed.

Authored by activists and educators Keith Strickland and Lucas L. Johnson, Youth Change Agent is your comprehensive guide to the best practices for your work to prevent young people from going down the wrong path.

Youth Change Agent sheds light on the critical aspect of preventing incarceration altogether. It delves into the pressing issues that plague today’s youth, from drug abuse and gun violence to risky sexual behavior and destructive materialism. In addition to presenting tips and techniques for productive conversations with young individuals, the book delves into the crucial topics of trust-building and risk assessment. Strickland and Johnson emphasize the importance of creating a nonjudgmental environment that fosters open communication and encourages young individuals to explore their potential without fear of criticism or disapproval. By gauging the highest risks youth face, the authors offer insights to help readers understand and address the root causes of risky behavior while inspiring young individuals to envision a brighter future.

Drawing upon Strickland and Johnson’s vast experience working with schools, courts, law enforcement agencies, and correctional facilities across multiple US states, this book provides invaluable guidance. Whether you are a mentor, therapist, social worker, or concerned parent, this indispensable resource will allow you to make a positive difference in the lives of our next generation.


Click for more detail about If My Hair Had a Voice by Dana Marie Miroballi If My Hair Had a Voice

by Dana Marie Miroballi
Beaming Books (May 28, 2024)
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“If your hair had a voice, it would sing of diversity and identity. It would tell you stories of our history.”

An ode to loving your hair and your culture, If My Hair Had a Voice follows a young Black girl as she grows from being disappointed in her natural hair to developing an amazed appreciation for the long history of Black hair. From blossoming floral motifs in celebration of spring to intricate braided codes for spreading revolutionary messages, she discovers that Black hair goes beyond simple adornment—it tells the story of a rich cultural history filled with diversity, resistance, artistry, and, of course, beauty. Backmatter explores the history of each hairstyle featured in the book.

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Images of women with various hairstyles from the book If My Hair Had a Voice

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Click for more detail about Jesus and the Abolitionists: How Anarchist Christianity Empowers the People by Terry J. Stokes Jesus and the Abolitionists: How Anarchist Christianity Empowers the People

by Terry J. Stokes
Broadleaf Books (May 28, 2024)
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Isn't anarchy just chaos? How could it possibly relate to Christianity?

Countless people, including (and sometimes especially) those from religious backgrounds, are exploring radical ideas. The pandemic, the Black liberation movement, climate disaster—all these concerns are leading us to ask, “Does our system actually work? Is capitalism ethical? Is this the only way to build a society?”

Questions like these led author and pastor Terry Stokes to the political philosophy of anarchy. Now, we all have a scary picture in our minds about anarchy: that it calls for chaos, violence, and disorder. But anarchy actually calls for the end of rulership, not violence in the streets. Anarchy seeks to empower small communities of people to take care of their own needs at the local level, thereby making the state obsolete. It's all about constructing societies in which people are placed above profit and systems are built on ethics of justice and equality. To Stokes, that sounded a whole lot like the building blocks of Christian faith.

In Jesus and the Abolitionist, Stokes introduces readers to the ancient practice of anarchy and how it intersects with Christian beliefs and values. We see how beliefs about God, humanity, divine-human interaction, the Bible, and more can be illuminated and faithfully reformulated through an anarchist lens. This view, which Stokes calls anarchist Christianity, seeks to abolish tyrannical systems that do not recognize the changing values of our times and that disempower the people. Stokes's vision of an anarchist Christian future charts a caring theology and practice of living, one based in our voluntary cooperation, the goodness of all people, and faith in God. We can build an ethical world—one built on structures of care—and anarchy might just be the unlikely key.

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Click for more detail about Trespass: Portraits of Unhoused Life, Love, and Understanding by Kim Watson Trespass: Portraits of Unhoused Life, Love, and Understanding

by Kim Watson
Broadleaf Books (May 14, 2024)
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As seen through the eyes of photographer Kim Watson, who has spent three years on the streets of Los Angeles documenting his intimate and deeply felt relationships with the unhoused, Trespass offers an honest and unflinching depiction of the beauty and humanity of unhoused life.

According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), nearly 70,000 people were unhoused in the city as of September 2022. Writer, director, and photographer Kim Watson began connecting with these unhoused people near his LA neighborhood by delivering food out of the back of his car. As his relationships grew to become trusted friendships, he began to interview and photograph those he encountered, documenting their experiences. Through profiles, essays, and stunning black-and-white photography, Trespass sheds light on the complex situations that lead to homelessness, the individuals who struggle to rise out of it, and those who have resigned themselves to it. Fueled by a deep sense of care, Watson’s portraits capture the hopes and demands of people in need of support and consideration. In this book of extraordinary photo essays, Watson dares us to look inside ourselves and confront our own biases as we consider the conditions of others so, together, we can process our collective trauma and develop sustainable solutions.

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Click for more detail about We Refuse to Be Silent: Women’s Voices on Justice for Black Men by Angela P. Dodson We Refuse to Be Silent: Women’s Voices on Justice for Black Men

by Angela P. Dodson
Broadleaf Books (Apr 30, 2024)
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The women have something to say. Are you listening?

In this powerful and needed collection, editor Angela P. Dodson brings together the voices of more than thirty-five accomplished women writers on the topic of violence and injustice against Black men. These writers are journalists, authors, scholars, ministers, psychologists, counselors, and other experts. They are also wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, aunties, and friends. Each lends her voice to shine a new light on the injustices and dangers Black men face daily, and how women feel about the vulnerability of our sons, husbands, brothers, fathers, uncles, friends, and other males we care about as they navigate a world that often stereotypes and targets them. Contributors include:

  1. Elizabeth Alexander, president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, poet, and author of The Light of the World
  2. Brenda M. Greene, founder and executive director of the Center for Black Literature, director of the National Black Writers Conference, and professor of English at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York
  3. Goldie Taylor, former US Marine, MSNBC contributor, author, and an editor at large of The Daily Beast
  4. Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize winner, National Humanities Medal recipient, and author of Caste and The Warmth of Other Suns
  5. Charisse Jones, award-winning journalist and coauthor of eight books, including Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America and the New York Times bestselling memoir of Misty Copeland, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina
  6. Audrey Edwards, former executive editor of Essence magazine and the author of seven books, including the award-winning American Runaway: Black and Free in Paris in the Trump Years
  7. Michelle Duster, author, public historian, and great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells
  8. Sonya Ross, managing editor of Inside Climate News, founder of Black Women Unmuted, AP’s first Black woman White House reporter, and first Black woman elected to the board of the White House Correspondents Association
  9. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, contributing writer at The New Yorker, Leon Forrest Professor of African American Studies at Northwestern University, author of Race for Profit, and editor of How We Get Free
  10. Donna Brazile, endowed chair of the Gwendolyn and Colbert King public policy lecture series at Howard University, member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors, Fox News contributor, and author of Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House
  11. Darnella Frazier, citizen journalist awarded a Pulitzer citation for her role filming the murder of George Floyd

The catalyst for a national conversation, this collection offers historical context that is often missing from public discussions and media coverage, while demonstrating an ongoing pattern of demonizing Black men that is rooted deep in the history of our nation. The essays in this book engage with the emotional toll anti-Black violence takes on women in particular and cast a vision for future activism.

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Click for more detail about My Divine Natural Hair: Inspiration & Tips to Love & Care for Your Crown by Shelia Burlock, Sylvia Burlock, and Melissa Burlock My Divine Natural Hair: Inspiration & Tips to Love & Care for Your Crown

by Shelia Burlock, Sylvia Burlock, and Melissa Burlock
Broadleaf Books (Mar 26, 2024)
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Learn how to love and care for your natural hair spiritually and practically.

Uplifting and authentic, My Divine Natural Hair: Inspiration and Tips to Love and Care for Your Crown helps Black women embrace the God-created beauty of natural hair through inspirational readings and salon chair guidance on how to heal, consistently care for, and grow their coils. As a response to the history of discrimination against Black hair and the societal pressure Black women continue to face to alter their hair texture, My Divine Natural Hair brings together raw personal reflections and hands-on hairapy to both encourage and equip readers to care for their hair as the crown God has placed on their head. Inside this book, which was inspired by one of the coauthor’s experiences with central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, or CCCA, you will find:

  • Why your beliefs about natural hair are directly impacted by your spiritual life
  • How to maintain a healthy scalp, healthy hair care routine, and healthy hair esteem
  • How to heal from past hair care trauma, hair loss, and texturism
  • "Salon Chair Sessions" with tips on developing healthy hair habits, DIY hair care recipes, and practical resources

The authors address deeply personal topics like hair loss, comparison, and self-doubt, while also offering everyday tips for hair growth, styles, and maintenance, as well as scriptural and literary affirmations and a glossary of terms.

My Divine Natural Hair will enhance the self-esteem and hair health of Black women and girls.

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Click for more detail about Surviving God: A New Vision of God Through the Eyes of Sexual Abuse Survivors by Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Susan M. Shaw Surviving God: A New Vision of God Through the Eyes of Sexual Abuse Survivors

by Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Susan M. Shaw
Broadleaf Books (Mar 26, 2024)
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Who is God when we see God through the eyes of survivors?

Many books have dealt with sexual abuse scandals in the church and the role of pastoral care for survivors. Others have provided liberatory readings of biblical texts to support survivors of sexual violence. Surviving God takes a new approach, centering the voices of sexual abuse survivors while rethinking key Christian beliefs. Starting from experiences of oppression, beliefs that contribute to oppression are challenged, and new, hopeful, and healing beliefs take their place.

Groundbreaking theologians Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Susan M. Shaw, each a survivor herself, demonstrate how traditional ways of thinking about God are highly problematic, contribute to the problems of sexual abuse, and are not reflective of the God of love and justice at the heart of the gospel. These long-held theologies often perpetuate the problem of sexual abuse and fail to promote healing for survivors. Drawing from their own experiences and the experiences of other survivors, and centering the ways gender intersects with race, sexuality, class, and religion, Kim and Shaw lead us to deep healing and a transformed church that no longer contributes to the devastation of sexual abuse. In these inspiring pages, you will discover new ways of thinking about God that are surprising, challenging, and empowering.


Click for more detail about American Imam: From Pop Stardom to Prison Abolition by Taymullah Abdur-Rahman American Imam: From Pop Stardom to Prison Abolition

by Taymullah Abdur-Rahman
Broadleaf Books (Feb 27, 2024)
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Imam Taymullah Abdur-Rahman’s incredible life story weaves the contemporary Black American experience with the Black Muslim American experience and emphasizes the role of interreligious dialogue in the fight for abolition and justice.

By the time he was twelve, Taymullah Abdur-Rahman (born Tyrone Sutton) was a rising pop star, recruited as part of the R&B group Perfect Gentlemen, with a top-ten hit, national teen magazine covers, and an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. However, after his music career peaked, Abdur-Rahman found himself back home, with little to show for his success. He quickly became a teen father struggling to survive in Roxbury, MA. Seeing Islam as a way out of his hard-scrabble environment, he happily converted. Soon he was working in a maximum-security prison as a Muslim chaplain, where he became zealously focused on saving souls instead of understanding the outside forces that bring men to prison.

Later, in his work as the first paid Muslim chaplain at Harvard, Abdur-Rahman began to seek counsel outside of Islam, engaging with Jewish and Christian mentors who opened his eyes to the gifts of interreligious dialogue and helped lead him to what he was truly seeking: enlightenment. With this new framework, he returned to working with prisoners and clearly saw the cyclical effects of systemic racism that keep Black and brown people locked up and without support in America today. A sweeping narrative, American Imam voices the contemporary concerns of Black Muslim Americans in the shadow of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, in the aftermath of 9/11, and in light of the fights for social justice and prison abolition. Abdur-Rahman’s story sounds an indelible rallying cry for understanding across race, religion, and cultural divides.

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Click for more detail about The Rise of Rage: Harnessing the Most Misunderstood Emotion by Julie A. Christiansen The Rise of Rage: Harnessing the Most Misunderstood Emotion

by Julie A. Christiansen
Broadleaf Books (Feb 13, 2024)
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Of all the human emotions, anger is probably the most misunderstood. Why is it important to understand anger at all?

Rage through the centuries—revolutions, wars, civil rights, independence from colonial rule, political unrest, Black Lives Matter, storming the US Capitol—has shown that anger can be a catalyst for change; it can also be a tool employed in fear by those resisting reform or trying to quell protests or advancements by other people. Perhaps you too have experienced the rise of rage within yourself. You might be fed up with feeling angry and not having any way to express it. You don’t want to hold it all inside anymore, and you are done being everybody’s doormat. But counselor and psychotherapist Julie Christiansen says that if we take time to examine the belief systems that fuel our anger, we can free ourselves from the bondage that anger puts us in, learning how to make it work for us instead.

When we map out our anger, we can learn to manage it. With a ten-step program full of practical exercises such as defining your anger style, understanding your belief systems, releasing residual anger, and more, The Rise of Rage will help you:

  • Identify the ten anger styles
  • Develop tools for resolving anger at work
  • Give effective feedback and criticism
  • Listen more effectively with a view to deepening connection
  • Enhance communication in all manner of relationships
  • Harness the power of forgiveness and acceptance
  • Communicate effectively with angry people

Embrace this journey of self-discovery with The Rise of Rage to learn what real anger is, what real forgiveness looks like, and which safe, effective, and successful anger resolution tools work best for you.

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Click for more detail about Walking with Our Ancestors: Contemplation and Activism by Barbara A. Holmes Walking with Our Ancestors: Contemplation and Activism

by Barbara A. Holmes
Fortress Press (Feb 06, 2024)
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Activism can often take a toll on social justice seekers, and it is easy to get burned out and discouraged. Perhaps this is because activism and contemplation are sometimes seen as opposites. However, following the tradition of social justice movements in the past, contemplation is actually a necessary step of activism.

In Walking with Our Ancestors, Barbara Holmes reveals that the justice movements in the twentieth century came from consistent contemplation practices of those seeking liberation. Contemplation is necessary in the spiritual lives of Africana people to offset the tension of the desire to eliminate oppression while still experiencing oppression. The hope and healing that come with contemplation ease this tension and keep one committed to community and justice. Holmes highlights key contemplation practices of what she calls public mystics, those who led by example and paved the way, including Fannie Lou Hamer, Martin Luther King Jr., Howard Thurman, and Rosa Parks.

Through both contemplation and activism, our ancestors paved the way while showing us how to continue the fight for justice. Walking with Our Ancestors is an outstanding and relevant chapter from Barbara Holmes’s enlightening book Joy Unspeakable, which explores the contemplative practices of the Black church.

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Click for more detail about Psalms of My People: A Story of Black Liberation as Told through Hip-Hop by Lenny Duncan Psalms of My People: A Story of Black Liberation as Told through Hip-Hop

by Lenny Duncan
Broadleaf Books (Jan 02, 2024)
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If you want to understand the Black experience in the US, you have to understand hip-hop.

James Baldwin, in his famous talk “The Struggle for the Artist’s Integrity,” suggests that “the poets (by which I mean all artists) are finally the only people who know the truth about us.” And to understand the truth about the history of Black peoples in America, argues lenny duncan, we must look to the modern Black poet: the hip-hop artist.

In Psalms of My People, artist, scholar, and activist lenny duncan treats the work of hip-hop artists from the last several decades—from N.W.A, Tupac, and Biggie to Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z, and Kendrick Lamar—like sacred scripture. Their songs and lyrics are given full exegetical treatment—a critical and contextual interpretation of text—and are beautifully illustrated, with a blend of ancient and modern art styles illuminating every page.

All the while, duncan traces the history of hip-hop, revealing it as a conduit to tell the modern story of Black liberation in this country, following the bloody trail from the end of the Civil Rights Era through the day George Floyd was sacrificed on the streets of America.

“Who else but the hip-hop artist,” asks Duncan, “has embodied the cries, pain, and secret concrete ? Whose art? Our art. Whose story is written in the book of life with crimson lines dipped in a well that is 400+ years deep? Whose story? Our story. For whom does God bring down empires? Us.”

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Click for more detail about Black Women, Ivory Tower: Revealing the Lies of White Supremacy in American Education by Jasmine L. Harris Black Women, Ivory Tower: Revealing the Lies of White Supremacy in American Education

by Jasmine L. Harris
Broadleaf Books (Jan 02, 2024)
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Black Women, Ivory Tower is a first-of-its-kind compelling exploration of what it means to be a Black woman in higher education.

Black women are heading to college in record numbers, and more and more Black women are teaching in higher education. But increasing numbers in college don’t guarantee our safety there. Willpower and grit may improve achievement for Black people in school, but they don’t secure our belonging. In fact, the very structure of higher education ensures that we’re treated as guests, outsiders to the institutional family—outnumbered and unwelcome.

Dr. Jasmine Harris shares her own experiences attempting to be a Vassar girl and reckoning with a lack of legacy and agency. Moving beyond the "data points," Dr. Harris examines the day-to-day impacts on Black women as individuals, the longer-term consequences to our professional lives, and the generational costs to our entire families.

“I want to arm as many Black girls and women as I can with the knowledge about these spaces that I lacked,” says Dr. Harris. “By laying bare my own traumas, and those of Black women before me, I am providing them the tools to protect themselves, with an understanding of how deliberately many institutions will try to undercut them.”

Trial and error has been required of Black students to navigate systems of discrimination and disadvantage. But this book now offers useful support, illuminating the community of Black women dealing with similar issues. The author’s story is not unusual, nor are her interactions anomalies. Black Women, Ivory Tower explores why.

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Click for more detail about Bell Hooks’ Spiritual Vision: Buddhist, Christian, and Feminist by Nadra Nittle Bell Hooks’ Spiritual Vision: Buddhist, Christian, and Feminist

by Nadra Nittle
Fortress Press (Nov 07, 2023)
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When Black feminist and scholar bell hooks died in 2021, she was widely remembered for writing more than three dozen books across genres including memoir, poetry, theory, and criticism. However, it was her book Ain’t I a Woman, in which hooks examines how Black American women have historically faced gender, class, and racial oppression, that catapulted her to prominence as a leading feminist thinker.

Nadra Nittle makes it clear that hooks identified not only as a feminist but also as a Buddhist Christian. In bell hooks’ Spiritual Vision, Nittle recounts how hooks kept her spiritual practice private for years, fearing there was no room to discuss her faith in the feminist movement or in the academy. Ultimately, hooks decided to talk and write about her faith to give hope to students curious about her source of strength in a society she deemed an “imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.”

Nittle traces the influences of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh as hooks developed a spiritual practice centered on love as a force for social change. Although hooks opened up about her spiritual philosophy in the last decades of her life, Nittle argues that hooks’s contributions to religious discourse are largely unheralded. bell hooks’ Spiritual Vision reflects her identity as a feminist and a believer who knit together her political and spiritual practices.

This book offers readers a window into spirituality’s role in hooks’ writing on her life, love, feminism, and society. It speaks both to hooks’s longtime followers and to newcomers to her writing. Regardless of their starting points, readers will get to know bell hooks for all she was—Buddhist, Christian, and feminist.


Click for more detail about Troubling the Water: The Urgent Work of Radical Belonging by Ben McBride Troubling the Water: The Urgent Work of Radical Belonging

by Ben McBride
Beaming Books (Oct 24, 2023)
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Can you imagine a future that includes your enemies? If not, what happens next?

From one of the most courageous and visionary leaders of our time comes Troubling the Water, an immersive book about the violence and injustice that threaten to drown us all. Activist Ben McBride recounts how he first waded into the water: from the Kill Zone in Oakland, where he moved with his young family, to the uprising in Ferguson, to the moral impoverishment of the white evangelical church. In the truth-telling tradition of Bryan Stevenson and Bishop William Barber, McBride leads us right into the fury and fragmentation of our moment, and then steadies us once we’re there.

What would it take to truly belong to each other? Radical belonging, McBride argues, means looking at our implicit biases, at our faulty understandings of power, and at how we “other”—or “same”—people. Sometimes it even means troubling the waters—speaking hard truths in situations that appear calm but that cloak injustice.

With a blend of provocation and good humor, McBride leads us beyond inaction on the one hand and polemic on the other. What results is an indelible manifesto—a troublemaking reverend’s call to the most urgent task of our time. As inequality, racism, and alienation weaken our common life, well-meaning people ask: What do I need to do to create a world where all can belong? But McBride asserts that instead, we need to ask: Who do I need to become?

Building a shared humanity is hella messy. “Peacemaking” sounds cloying and staying apart seems safer. But unless we want violence to intensify, we are running out of options. In this unforgettable book, McBride reminds us that wading into conflict and stirring up truth is the only way to find real healing.


Click for more detail about The Spirituality of Transformation, Joy, and Justice: The Ignatian Way for Everyone by Patrick Saint-Jean The Spirituality of Transformation, Joy, and Justice: The Ignatian Way for Everyone

by Patrick Saint-Jean
Beaming Books (Oct 24, 2023)
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Discover how rooting our beliefs and practices in relationship—with each other, the natural world, and the Source of All Life—leads us to transform ourselves and the world.

At its heart, Ignatian spirituality is practical and experiential, offering modern readers a structure for pursuing inner growth that results in transformed action. While it is a deeply contemplative practice, Ignatian spirituality appeals to many of us who are looking for purpose and meaning, and who are wondering how to live out that purpose in a way that addresses the brokenness of our world.

At the heart of this thoughtful introduction to Ignatian spirituality are the Spiritual Exercises, developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola of Spain. Using ordinary language, these meditations point to the ways in which this spiritual path not only “grows our souls” but also inspires us to defend human rights, respect and listen to other cultures, find common ground between science and religion, struggle for justice, and honor a Divine Spirit who is actively at work in each aspect of our world. As twenty-first-century spiritual seekers, we do not need to be Jesuits, Catholics, or even Christians to make use of Ignatius’s methods; some of history’s most important thinkers—from René Descartes to Carl Jung—were influenced and inspired by the Spiritual Exercises. Let them guide you to transformation in the ordinary, everyday world.


Click for more detail about Brown Girls Rule by Ashok Banker Brown Girls Rule

by Ashok Banker
Beaming Books (Oct 17, 2023)
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“We are brown. We are beautiful. We are perfect.”

An empowering acclamation for girls bearing melanin of all kinds, Brown Girls Rule centers and uplifts girls of color in an inspiring poem that is one part love letter, two parts battle anthem. Ashok Banker and Brittney Bond bring this song to life with a brilliant array of brown girls as politicians, athletes, scientists, teachers, queens, and leaders in countless other roles where brown girls rule. Triumphant and uplifting, this picture book is a powerful reminder for girls of color that they may be young, but they are mighty.


Click for more detail about Radiant Rebellion: Reclaim Aging, Practice Joy, and Raise a Little Hell by Karen Walrond Radiant Rebellion: Reclaim Aging, Practice Joy, and Raise a Little Hell

by Karen Walrond
Beaming Books (Oct 17, 2023)
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What if aging is something to aspire to, not to dread? What if together we could forge a radiant rebellion against the idea of aging as a season of decline?

Join Karen Walrond, author of The Lightmaker’s Manifesto, in this intriguing investigation into how we can reclaim aging, cultivate joy, and resist ageism.

During her own year of transition—a milestone birthday, a wedding anniversary, the emptying of the nest—Walrond, in the buoyant and luminous style her readers have come to love, does a deep dive into dimensions of getting older, including health, beauty, spirituality, connection, adventure, and meaning and purpose. Through conversations with social workers and neurologists, activists and clergy, Walrond satisfies her curiosity—and ours—about why the dominant culture treats aging as a time of dwindling capacity. She also embarks on a series of experiments that help her rebel against convention: letting her hair go naturally gray, going on a silent retreat, revamping her health practices, and plotting her next adventure.

Internalized ageism—bias against our future selves—is not our only option; we can write a different story of aging than the one we’ve been handed. With wisdom from luminaries who light our way, Walrond helps us radiantly rebel against the fads and assumptions that hold us back, redefine the adventure of getting older, and create a shining future of expanded potential. We might even raise a little hell while we’re at it! A resources section offers journal prompts and strategies for creating a handbook for your own radiant rebellion.


Click for more detail about The Just Kitchen: Invitations to Sustainability, Cooking, Connection and Celebration by Derrick Weston and Anna Woofenden The Just Kitchen: Invitations to Sustainability, Cooking, Connection and Celebration

by Derrick Weston and Anna Woofenden
Beaming Books (Oct 10, 2023)
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Join the call of a just kitchen: where meal preparation is as much an act of resistance against injustice as marches and protests.

For food and faith writers and podcasters Derrick Weston and Anna Woofenden, The Just Kitchen is about a passion for food, sharing meals, showing hospitality, and understanding cultures, faith traditions, food histories, and local foodways.

Their authentic podcast conversations spill over the pages of this book and explore how the kitchen can be a place where the things we care about most in the world are reflected in the foods we prepare and the way we prepare them. In a world where disconnection from the earth, our food, our faith, and each other is becoming the norm, Weston and Woofenden bring together voices of hope who are working for a world of organic reconnections. They invite us to dig deeply into the complexity of ecology and food systems, as well as how faith communities are connected to them.

This is an invitation to reprioritize the kitchen as a space for healing, community, activism, and celebration. Be inspired to see the sacred in the daily mundane, forge connection with the people and earth around you, and join the call of a just kitchen.


Click for more detail about Lullaby for the King by Nikki Grimes Lullaby for the King

by Nikki Grimes
Beaming Books (Oct 10, 2023)
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An awe-inspiring Christmas tale from multi-award-winning poet Nikki Grimes.

The caravan traveled through wilderness, uphill and down, for hours that spun into days.

Then at last, glittering diamond-bright, Bethlehem appeared through the haze.

With glittering poetry and stunning watercolor artwork, Lullaby for the King ushers readers into the awe and wonder of the Christmas story. Animals from across the ancient Palestinian landscape lumber, gambol, crawl, fly, and parade toward Bethlehem with gifts worthy of the newborn King. Rare ebony wood, a finely tuned harp, mustard and saffron, a zither, apricot cakes, and other treasures are carried to the manger. The animals bow low and join the music of the angels in a welcoming lullaby.

New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes and illustrator Michelle Carlos bring together a captivating tale of awe, wonder, and imagination that is sure to become a holiday classic.


Click for more detail about The Bodies Keep Coming: Dispatches from a Black Trauma Surgeon on Racism, Violence, and How We Heal by Brian H. Williams The Bodies Keep Coming: Dispatches from a Black Trauma Surgeon on Racism, Violence, and How We Heal

by Brian H. Williams
Broadleaf Books (Sep 26, 2023)
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A tour de force that diagnoses the structural root of the violence that plagues us all.

Trauma surgeon and professor Dr. Brian H. Williams has seen it all: gunshot wounds, stabbings, and traumatic brain injuries. In The Bodies Keep Coming, Williams ushers us into the trauma bay, where the wounds of a national emergency amass.

As a Harvard-trained physician, Williams learned to keep his head down and his scalpel ready. As a Black man, he learned to swallow the rage when patients told him to take out the trash. Just days after the tragic police shootings of two Black men, Williams tried to save the lives of police officers shot in Dallas in the deadliest incident for US law enforcement since 9/11. Thrust into the spotlight in a nation that loves feel-good stories about heroism more than hard truths about racism, Williams came to rethink everything he thought he knew about medicine, injustice, and what true healing looks like.

Now, in raw and intimate detail, Williams narrates not only the events of that night in 2016, but the grief and anger of a Black doctor on the front lines of trauma care. Working in the physician-writer tradition of Atul Gawande and Damon Tweedy, Williams diagnoses the roots of the violence that plagues us. He draws a through line between white supremacy, gun violence, and the bodies he tries to revive, and he trains his surgeon’s gaze on the structural ills that manifest themselves in the bodies of his patients. What if racism is a feature of our healthcare system, not a bug? What if profiting from racial inequality is exactly what it was designed to do?

Black and brown bodies will continue to be wracked by all types of violence, Williams argues, until something changes. Until we transform policy and law with compassion and care, the bodies will keep coming.


Click for more detail about Trauma and Race: A Path to Wellbeing by Micah L. McCreary Trauma and Race: A Path to Wellbeing

by Micah L. McCreary
Fortress Press (Sep 19, 2023)
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This book is about trauma-informed counseling with racially traumatized African (Black), Latino/a/x, Asian, and Native (Indigenous) Americans (ALANAs). ALANAs face the difficulties of systemic racism and experiences of trauma. Any attempt by trauma-informed professionals to help or heal must consider the intersection of race and trauma. Counselors working with race and trauma must use a trauma-informed blueprint to address trauma issues. Comprehending the components and intersectionality of trauma and race is critical to healing and strengthening hurting people, particularly ALANAs. The book explores the matters of race and trauma through discussions of sociological issues; the intersectionality of race, gender, and class; and benign neglect of ALANAs.

This book makes an important contribution to the conversation on race and trauma because its purpose is to equip healers with the tools necessary to assist individuals, families, groups, and communities to heal from abuse, discrimination, and maltreatment.


Click for more detail about In Spite of the Consequences: Prison Letters on Exoneration, Abolition, and Freedom by Lacino Hamilton In Spite of the Consequences: Prison Letters on Exoneration, Abolition, and Freedom

by Lacino Hamilton
Broadleaf Books (Jul 25, 2023)
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"If I do not write, who will? What I am living with here does not allow me to wait until others fully wake up to the serious harm prisons cause."

Falsely convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison, Lacino Hamilton sent thousands of letters during his incarceration. After twenty-six years, including eleven years in solitary confinement, and a years-long campaign of public and political pressure, Hamilton was exonerated and released on September 30, 2020. The letters he wrote during his incarceration, advocating for his innocence—literally writing for his life—made him a leading voice on issues of abolition, imprisonment, and justice. Despite fierce resistance and retaliation from prison officials, he maintained correspondence with family and friends, as well as university professors and activists.

Tireless, empathetic, and unflinching, Hamilton’s voice throughout these letters shines with immediacy. We must engage all people in recognizing the terrible costs of maintaining the US system of justice, he writes. In his passionate critiques of the prison-industrial complex, his emotional appeals to friends and family, and his fierce and unflagging defense of his own innocence, Hamilton exposes the oppressive, humiliating, and destructive reality of our justice system. From divestment in cities and policing policies to the everyday violence of imprisonment and its attempts to obliterate personhood in favor of obedience, these letters offer an incisive critique of our criminal justice system. We also feel Hamilton’s deep generosity of spirit as he counsels others affected by this terrible system and lauds the work of those working on the outside for reform. With his voice, we sense something unexpected and profound: hope for a reimagining of our systems—a humanity-affirming model of justice.

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Click for more detail about I Love My People by Kim Singleton I Love My People

by Kim Singleton
Broadleaf Books (Jul 11, 2023)
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Say it with her now: “I love my people ”

In rhythmic prowess, Kim Singleton recounts the beauty and legacy of Black people who are “too many to name, from the corners of obscurity, to the highest of fame.”

I Love My People is a poetic tribute to African American history-makers and culture-shakers, complete with nostalgic photography and vibrant, playful illustration. In the vein of Gill Scott-Heron’s poetry of the 1970s, author Kim Singleton invites us into call-and-response and brings a refreshing cadence to the page that captures every decade of Black joy in all its resilient, diverse, and excellent splendor.

“We were told that our bodies weren’t built for this art. Rhythmic movement we mastered flowing straight from the heart.”

Singleton shines a light on virtually every facet of Black community life, and unapologetically declares her people good—from the street corner to the White House and everything in between.

“In 1827, Freedom’s Journal was born. Black content, Black operated, Black staff, Black owned.”

By the end, you’ll be chanting Singleton’s anthem, too: “I LOVE MY PEOPLE ”

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Click for more detail about In Trembling Boldness: Wisdom for Today from Ancient Jesus People by Natalie Renee Perkins and Hal Taussig In Trembling Boldness: Wisdom for Today from Ancient Jesus People

by Natalie Renee Perkins and Hal Taussig
Broadleaf Books (Jun 13, 2023)
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Many of us have heard about the recently discovered writings by the early followers of Jesus through newspapers, magazines, video and audio interviews, and conversations on social media. This enlightening, first-of-its-kind book draws on the words and wisdom of these ancient Jesus people to offer everyone deeper spiritual connection today.

Using examples from modern life to introduce dozens of excerpts from texts like The Odes of Solomon, The Gospel of Thomas, and The Thunder: Perfect Mind, In Trembling Boldness draws meaning and connection between ancient followers of Jesus and the most pressing issues of today, including LGBTQ+ inclusion, incarceration, addiction, immigration, violence, illness, the work of social justice, civil disobedience, and more.

As we ruminate on these sacred words applied to contemporary life and take in beautiful images of the ancient texts recorded on papyrus and pottery, we discover new understandings and deeper connection to God and each other—making space in our hearts for the words of these ancient Jesus people.

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Click for more detail about Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being: Second Edition by M. Shawn Copeland Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being: Second Edition

by M. Shawn Copeland
Fortress Press (Jun 07, 2023)
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The achievement of our humanity comes about only through immersion in concrete, visceral, embodied relational experience; yet for many human beings that achievement is stamped by the struggle against oppression in history, society, and religion.

In this incisive and important work, distinguished theologian M. Shawn Copeland demonstrates with rare insight and conviction how black women’s historical experience and oppression cast a completely different light on our theological ideas about being human. Copeland argues that race, embodiment, and relations of power reframe not only theological anthropology but also our notions of discipleship, church, Eucharist, and Christ. Enfleshing Freedom is a work of deep moral seriousness, rigorous speculative skill, and sharp theological reasoning. This new edition incorporates recent theological, philosophical, historical, political, and sociological scholarship; engages with current social movements like #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo; and presents a new chapter on the body.


Click for more detail about Searching for Agabus: Embracing Authenticity and Finding Your Way to You by Michael Walrond Searching for Agabus: Embracing Authenticity and Finding Your Way to You

by Michael Walrond
Broadleaf Books (Jun 06, 2023)
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An overlooked background figure in the grand narrative of the apostle Paul, Agabus (Acts 21:10-14) bursts from the epistles with an audacious prophecy. In a world where everyone wants to be the main character, Agabus remains a minor one with powerful relevance for today. Gleaning from Agabus’s story, we can bravely be our authentic selves, honoring what God has assigned us to do, no matter how small or insignificant it seems.

Exploring Agabus conveys the countercultural message that an anonymous life of authenticity and service is more important than the approval of others or even fame. Popular pastor and speaker Michael Walrond, in Exploring Agabus, dares us to be our authentic selves and to fulfill our callings in joyful anonymity. Walrond shares a painful personal loss that taught him this lesson. Based on this minor prophet’s role in the formation of the early church and his significance as represented by feast days that continue even now, we can release the societal need for “likes” and “follows” and instead enter a journey of self-discovery. There are blessings in anonymity; we can live quietly and find our way home to ourselves and to God.

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Click for more detail about Pregnant While Black: Advancing Justice for Maternal Health in America by Monique Rainford Pregnant While Black: Advancing Justice for Maternal Health in America

by Monique Rainford
Broadleaf Books (May 09, 2023)
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A tragedy is unfolding all around us and is receiving well overdue attention. Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy than their white peers. But Dr. Monique Rainford is working to better understand these disparities and do something about them.

Pregnant While Black is a hopeful exploration of the issues pregnant Black women face in America. Within these pages, Dr. Rainford draws on over twenty years of experience working in obstetrics and gynecology to offer a primer on Black pregnancies and how to better care for them. She shares the successes and testimonies of Black women who have struggled during pregnancy and childbirth, anchoring the stories of these women with carefully researched facts. Despite medical advances over the last twenty years, for black women, the overwhelming dangers of carrying and delivering children remain and it only seems to be getting worse.

In Pregnant While Black, Rainford begins the work of “repairing the damage of the past” with an examination of the conditions that plague Black pregnancies. This important book carries the hopes and dreams of a generation looking to effect change, here and now.

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Click for more detail about Looking for Happy by Ty Chapman Looking for Happy

by Ty Chapman
Beaming Books (May 02, 2023)
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Every day is different. Some days everything goes right—you’re in the groove and feeling like yourself.

But some days, it’s a lot harder to find happy because everything is just blah. Sometimes everything that should be fun just feels … flat. A young boy is having one of those dreary days, and nothing seems to help. But after trying his grandmother’s way to shake the blues also fails, he discovers that happiness is easiest to find when you’re not looking.

This picture book gently reminds readers that it’s normal to have happy and sad days and normalizes speaking about emotions and seeking help. Heartfelt and hopeful, the story models emotional intelligence and self-awareness for readers of all ages.

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Click for more detail about Before the Streetlights Come on: Black America’s Urgent Call for Climate Solutions by Heather McTeer Toney Before the Streetlights Come on: Black America’s Urgent Call for Climate Solutions

by Heather McTeer Toney
Broadleaf Books (Apr 18, 2023)
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Climate change. Two words that are quickly becoming the clarion call to action in the twenty-first century. It is a voter issue, an economy driver, and a defining dynamic for the foreseeable future. Yet, in Black communities, climate change is seen as less urgent when compared to other pressing issues, including police brutality, gun violence, job security, food insecurity, and the blatant racism faced daily around the country.

However, with Black Americans disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change—making up 13 percent of the US population but breathing 40 percent dirtier air and being twice as likely to be hospitalized or die from climate-related health problems than white counterparts—climate change is a central issue of racial justice and affects every aspect of life for Black communities.

In Before the Streetlights Come On, climate activist Heather McTeer Toney insists that those most affected by climate change are best suited to lead the movement for climate justice. McTeer Toney brings her background in politics, community advocacy, and leadership in environmental justice to this revolutionary exploration of why and how Black Americans are uniquely qualified to lead national and global conversations around systems of racial disparity and solutions to the climate crisis. As our country delves deeper into solutions for systemic racism and past injustices, she argues, the environmental movement must shift direction and leadership toward those most affected and most affecting change: Black communities.

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Click for more detail about Beauty Is a Basic Service: Theology and Hospitality in the Work of Theaster Gates by Maria Fee Beauty Is a Basic Service: Theology and Hospitality in the Work of Theaster Gates

by Maria Fee
Fortress Press (Apr 11, 2023)
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Grounded on a passionate belief in the integrative and unifying function of art that further incarnates God’s hospitality, the book argues that the projects of Chicago artist Theaster Gates are theological sites, places to encounter God and his truth concerning place, people, and things. By exploring Gates’ practices, attention is drawn to corollary actions of God’s care, reconciliation, and vivification of creation and culture. Hence, Gates’ hospitality points to God’s hospitality.

These qualities then become the framework of a theology of hospitality, which provides a robust paradigm for Christian discipleship and mission. The study gathers the work of theologians, artists, as well as other scholars from a variety of discourses and various traditions to advocate holistic stewardship of God’s creation. These diverse voices comprise a rich conversation of theology and aesthetics to exhibit the way art can critique and resist various modes of Western detachment.

Indeed, hospitality is paramount to this end, especially amid rising hostilities concerning land management. Gates’ art programs defy the denigration of place, people, and things by engendering practices that validate creation and culture. By assessing Gates’ work, a type of faith is exhibited that stretches beyond theological assertions to also comprise reviving embodied transactions.


Click for more detail about Dear Star Baby by Malcolm Newsome Dear Star Baby

by Malcolm Newsome
Beaming Books (Apr 04, 2023)
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I knew something was wrong when Mama called me close.

She held my hand and told me you would not be coming home with us.

She said you went to be with the stars instead.

Written as a letter to his unborn baby sibling, Dear Star Baby shares how a little boy processes the grief he and his family experience after a miscarriage. He tells the baby all about how they were preparing their home to welcome them and the things he was looking forward to doing together. He processes his wonders, wishes, and sadness after this tremendous loss. Dad says their Star Baby feels far away. Mom says their Star Baby is always in her heart. The little boy imagines his baby sibling singing and twinkling in the night sky as he sleeps.

Poignant and sensitively told, this story will help families who have lost of a baby to miscarriage or stillbirth grieve and move forward together.

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Click for more detail about Open: Unorthodox Thoughts on God and Community by Brad R. Braxton Open: Unorthodox Thoughts on God and Community

by Brad R. Braxton
Fortress Press (Apr 04, 2023)
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“This book is an invitation to open oneself up for a journey of transformation.” —Rev. Dr. Iva E. Carruthers, general secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference

In Open, Brad Braxton boldly articulates an open theology—progressive approaches that promote unorthodox theological reflection and the creation of inclusive communities. Despite attempts by many right-wing politicians and conservative Christians to curtail diverse religious and cultural expressions, an open embrace of pluralism enhances Christianity’s capacity to foster healing, hope, and restorative justice. Thus, Christian communities should be audaciously open about being open.

Attempts to box in God diminish us spiritually and render us prone to small-mindedness and mean-spiritedness. Certain Christians function as if God cannot withstand robust engagement with the complexities of a diverse world. God does not need to be protected by religious fence-building and cultural gatekeeping. To honor an open God who delights in diversity, we should create open communities committed to radically inclusive love.

This book engages serious, even controversial, topics including Jesus’s identity, reparations for slavery, LGBTQ equality, the Black Lives Matter movement, warfare and non-violence, environmental justice, and interreligious collaboration. Insisting that there is room for all, an open theology empowers us to create broad spaces where people from diverse backgrounds with divergent beliefs can peacefully probe their differences and celebrate their similarities for the sake of a better world.

If you are tired of closed-minded religion that sows division and hatred, open this book! If you are searching for compassionate spirituality that promotes inclusion and justice, open this book! Here you will find an open theology—creative thinking about God and courageous practices for building diverse communities through radically inclusive love.


Click for more detail about Flipflopi: How a Boat Made from Flip-Flops Is Helping to Save the Ocean by Linda Ravin Lodding and Dipesh Pabari Flipflopi: How a Boat Made from Flip-Flops Is Helping to Save the Ocean

by Linda Ravin Lodding and Dipesh Pabari
Beaming Books (Mar 14, 2023)
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Juma is excited to go fishing with his grandfather, Babu Ali. But when they get to the beach, they find the sand covered in plastic pollution—flip-flops, plastic straws, toothbrushes, bottles, and shopping bags. One of the flip-flops floating in on a wave looks like a boat. That gives Juma and Babu Ali an idea.

Based on the true story of the Kenyan dhow boat Flipflopi, this inspirational tale demonstrates how innovation, art, and determination can transform plastic pollution into something useful. In 2017, 30,000 flip-flops and other plastic waste items, all collected from the Kenyan coast, were melted, shaped, and carved into the dhow named Flipflopi. Weighing in at 7 tons, this boat is a testament to what can happen when awareness is turned into action.

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Click for more detail about Liberation and the Cosmos: Conversations with the Elders, Revised Edition by Barbara A. Holmes Liberation and the Cosmos: Conversations with the Elders, Revised Edition

by Barbara A. Holmes
Fortress Press (Feb 28, 2023)
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The rich legacy of black critical thought, creative expression, and religious reflection come together in these creatively imagined conversations between the elders about the shape and conditions of Black liberation.

Barbara A. Holmes has defined key issues of freedom and identity, hypothesizing a meeting of the ancestors assembled "on the other side" to discuss them. Imagine a conversation between Barbara Jordan and Thurgood Marshall on what freedom looks like in relation to law and politics. Or, between Tupac Shakur, Nina Simone, and James Baldwin on art, culture, and liberation. Malcolm X and Harriet Tubman discuss freedom and wholeness, while Audre Lorde, Fannie Lou Hamer, and George Washington Carver talk about liberated bodies.

These imagined dialogues open up rich reflection and insight and offer a unique vantage point for understanding the luminaries of liberation down through the generations. An important resource for the contemporary task of Black liberation.


Click for more detail about Dear Revolutionaries: A Field Guide for a World beyond the Church by Lenny Duncan Dear Revolutionaries: A Field Guide for a World beyond the Church

by Lenny Duncan
Broadleaf Books (Feb 21, 2023)
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When Lenny Duncan wrote Dear Church in 2018, they had a vision for a church that could and would reform itself into something new. After four years, a pandemic, a global uprising for racial equity, and what Duncan describes as “the death of the republic” on January 6, 2021, we now live in a vastly different landscape than the one Duncan wrote about previously.

Lenny now contends that we no longer need a reformation—we need a revolution. Dear Revolutionaries is a handbook for a new generation that sees, clear-eyed, the series of catastrophes we have inherited, the road that lies ahead, and the improbability of victory, yet are still ready to build the tomorrow we so desperately want to be born in this world. The institutional church is concerned with reviving itself. God is concerned with reviving the community within and beyond the walls of the church. Dear Revolutionaries is a book for the community who is ready to rise up and build something new from the ashes.

Casting a vision for a new spiritual future led by the people, Dear Revolutionaries offers a series of peace-building practices that will give readers the tools to build, guide, and care for spiritual community in a world beyond the church.

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Click for more detail about Walking the Way of Harriet Tubman: Public Mystic and Freedom Fighter by Therese Taylor-Stinson Walking the Way of Harriet Tubman: Public Mystic and Freedom Fighter

by Therese Taylor-Stinson
Broadleaf Books (Feb 14, 2023)
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Harriet Tubman, freedom fighter and leader in the Underground Railroad, is one of the most significant figures in US history. Her courage and determination in bringing enslaved people to freedom have established her as an icon of the abolitionist movement. But behind the history of the heroine called "Moses" was a woman of deep faith.

In Walking the Way of Harriet Tubman, Therese Taylor-Stinson introduces Harriet, a woman born into slavery whose unwavering faith in God and practices in prayer and contemplation carried her through insufferable abuse and hardship. Her deep spirituality rooted in mysticism, Christianity, and African indigenous beliefs sustained her escape from slavery and led her to an internal liberation, giving her the strength and purpose to lead others on the road to freedom.

Harriet’s lived spirituality illuminates a profound path forward for those of us in the fight for justice and equity—a freedom which Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and people of color must cultivate to be fully who we are called to be for ourselves and our communities. As the luminous significance of Harriet Tubman’s spiritual life is revealed, so too is the path to our own spiritual truth, advocacy, and racial justice as we follow in her footsteps—for Black lives and all people of color.


Click for more detail about What Makes You Come Alive: A Spiritual Walk with Howard Thurman by Lerita Coleman Brown What Makes You Come Alive: A Spiritual Walk with Howard Thurman

by Lerita Coleman Brown
Broadleaf Books (Feb 07, 2023)
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“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”—Howard Thurman

Known as the godfather of the civil rights movement, ="9781506474656">Howard Thurman served as a spiritual adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders and activists in the 1960s. Thurman championed silence, contemplation, common unity, and nonviolence as powerful dimensions of social change. But Dr. Lerita Coleman Brown didn’t learn about him during her years of spiritual-direction training. Only when a friend heard of her longing to encounter the work of Black contemplatives did she finally learn about Thurman, his mystical spirituality, and his liberating ethic.

In What Makes You Come Alive, Brown beckons readers into their own apprenticeship with Thurman. Brown walks with us through Thurman’s inimitable life and commitments as he summons us into centering down, encountering the natural world, paying attention to sacred synchronicity, unleashing inner authority, and recognizing the genius of the religion of Jesus. We learn from Thurman’s resilience in the psychologically terrorizing climate of the Jim Crow South, his encounters with Quakers and with Mahatma Gandhi, and his sense of being guided by the Spirit. Each chapter illuminates an aspect of Thurman’s work and includes reflection questions and spiritual practices.

Decades after their deaths, sages like Howard Thurman offer spiritual kinship and guidance for our contemporary life. Thurman’s spirituality enlivened an entire movement, and it can awaken us to intimacy with God and to authentic action today.

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Click for more detail about In My Grandmother’s House (paperback): Black Women, Faith, and the Stories We Inherit by Yolanda Pierce In My Grandmother’s House (paperback): Black Women, Faith, and the Stories We Inherit

by Yolanda Pierce
Broadleaf Books (Feb 07, 2023)
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"In a world eager to promote the newest wunderkind, grandmother theology carries us two or more generations back: to the kitchens, hair salons, gardens, and church basements of older Black women who are often invisible in theological discourse but without whom the American Christian church would cease to exist."

The church mothers who raised Yolanda Pierce, dean of Howard University School of Divinity, were busily focused on her survival. In a world hostile to Black women’s bodies and spirits, they had to be. Born on a former cotton plantation and having fled the terrors of the South, Pierce’s grandmother raised her in the faith inherited from those who were enslaved. Now in paperback, In My Grandmother’s House follows Pierce as she reckons with that tradition, building an everyday womanist theology rooted in liberating scriptures, experiences in the Black church, and truths from Black women’s lives. Pierce tells stories that center the experiences of those living on the underside of history, teasing out the tensions of race, spirituality, trauma, freedom, resistance, and memory. The paperback features a new readers’ guide, written by the author, that is useful for individual reflection and group discussion.

A grandmother’s theology carries wisdom strong enough for future generations. The Divine has been showing up at the kitchen tables of Black women for a long time. It’s time to get to know that God.


Click for more detail about Hope Leans Forward: Braving Your Way Toward Simplicity, Awakening, and Peace by Valerie Brown Hope Leans Forward: Braving Your Way Toward Simplicity, Awakening, and Peace

by Valerie Brown
Broadleaf Books (Nov 08, 2022)
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Find spiritual insight for developing courage and meeting life’s broken-open, pulled-apart times for anyone seeking hope.

Daily we are asked to move toward bravery, to stretch in the direction of goodness, kindness, forgiveness, patience, and vulnerability. Yet life’s tender fragility, fear, anxiety, and our own practiced self-sabotage can derail us from growing and thriving, leaving us fractured and afraid.

Ordained Buddhist teacher and Quaker Valerie Brown invites us into the heart of compassion, insight, and courage. Filled with Quaker wisdom, mindfulness meditation practices, and portraits of real people living out simple yet life-affirming bravery, Hope Leans Forward is a guidebook for all of us who are on journeys of self-transformation, self-discovery, and spiritual discernment. Centering small, everyday acts of bravery with diverse stories from marginalized communities, Brown’s unique perspective as a Black Buddhist Dharma teacher in the Plum Village tradition and her extensive leadership experience shepherd us in navigating life’s essential questions to discover true aliveness and meaning. When we focus on cultivating clarity and discernment in our purpose, we begin to understand that we are truly connected to—and that we contribute to—a larger whole.

Written through a period of profound personal loss and in the urgency of the Black Lives Matter movement, Brown’s spiritual insight and life- and spirit-tested wisdom offers a new source for anyone seeking hope, and seeking to alleviate suffering within ourselves and our communities.


Click for more detail about I Wish My Dad: The Power of Vulnerable Conversations Between Fathers and Sons by Romal J. Tune I Wish My Dad: The Power of Vulnerable Conversations Between Fathers and Sons

by Romal J. Tune
Broadleaf Books (Oct 11, 2022)
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I Wish My Dad …: what a simple way to start a sentence. But those four words hold the power to heal wounds men may not even know they carry.

From author, speaker, and social entrepreneur Romal Tune and his son, Jordan, comes this tour de force for fathers and sons about healing the unfinished business between them. What do sons wish they had received from their fathers? What might honest, healing conversations between fathers and sons look like?

Tune was raised mostly without a father. He and his dad connected briefly when he was a teenager, and then had no relationship for decades. After years of inner work via therapy and faith, Tune realized that neither he nor his dad possessed what they needed to live up to each other’s expectations. He began to wonder if other men also longed to have vulnerable conversations with their fathers—about good memories, about pain, and about what their relationship could still become.

So he sat down with seventeen men of diverse ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds for I Wish My Dad conversations. In the pages of this book, he invites us into the room as the men unpack relationships with their fathers, learn to work through emotional pain, recount moments of tenderness and care, and describe risks they took to heal and connect with their fathers. Tune also offers us strategies and prompts for initiating our own I Wish My Dad conversations. And with no pretense, he and Jordan recount their own I Wish My Dad interview, which helped them chart the way toward a transformed relationship.

I Wish My Dad helps fathers, and their sons move through the past to find deep connection in the present. The lessons in these pages will free us to have—and become—the kind of dad we wish for.


Click for more detail about The Arc of Truth: The Thinking of Martin Luther King Jr. by Lewis V. Baldwin The Arc of Truth: The Thinking of Martin Luther King Jr.

by Lewis V. Baldwin
Fortress Press (Oct 04, 2022)
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Martin Luther King Jr. said and wrote as much or more about the meaning, nature, and power of truth as any other prominent figure in the 1950s and ’60s. King was not only vastly influential as an advocate for and defender of truth; he also did more than anyone in his time to organize truth into a movement for the liberation, uplift, and empowerment of humanity, efforts that ultimately resulted in the loss of his life. Drawing on King’s published and unpublished sermons, speeches, and writings, The Arc of Truth explores King’s lifelong pilgrimage in pursuit of truth.

Lewis Baldwin explores King’s quest for truth from his inquisitive childhood to the influence of family and church, to Morehouse College, Crozer Theological Seminary, Boston University, and other academic institutions in the Northeast. Continuing on, the book follows King’s sense that he was involved in experiments of truth within the context of the struggle to liberate and empower humanity, to his understanding of the civil rights movement as unfolding truth, to his persistent challenge to America around its need to engage in a serious reckoning with truth regarding its history and heritage. Baldwin investigates King’s determination to speak truth to power, and his untiring efforts to actualize what he envisioned as the truthful ends of the beloved community through the truthful means of nonviolent direct action. King believed, taught, and demonstrated by example that truth derives from a revolution in the heart, mind, and soul before it can be translated into institutions and structures that guarantee freedom, justice, human dignity, equality of opportunity, and peace.

Ultimately, King’s significance for humanity cannot be considered only his contributions as a preacher, pastor, civil rights leader, and world figure—he was and remains equally impactful as a theologian, philosopher, and ethicist whose life and thought evince an enduring search for and commitment to truth.

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Click for more detail about The Prophetic Lens: The Camera and Black Moral Agency from MLK to Darnella Frazier by Phil Allen Jr. The Prophetic Lens: The Camera and Black Moral Agency from MLK to Darnella Frazier

by Phil Allen Jr.
Fortress Press (Sep 13, 2022)
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Martin Luther King used news cameras as a means of exposing anti-Black violence by white mobs in the 1950s and 60s. Darnella Frazier used her phone to record and post the murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin in May 2020. These are just two of many people who have captured images of injustice for the world to see.

The Prophetic Lens takes an important look at the use of the video camera as an indispensable prophetic tool for the security of Black lives and greater possibility for racial justice. Phil Allen shows how the camera can be a catalyst for cultural change, using Walter Brueggemann’s Prophetic Imagination as a framework for understanding the concept of “prophetic.” Chronicling the use of the camera, particularly in film from J.D. Griffiths’ Birth of a Nation to Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, Allen’s historical approach reveals how effective this technology has been in achieving the goals of its respective storytellers.

The book highlights both the prophetic potential of the camera and the context of Blackness as a liminal existence amid a context dominated by whiteness.

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Click for more detail about Batman is Jesus by Siku Batman is Jesus

by Siku
Fortress Press (Aug 22, 2022)
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Artist-theologian Siku, creator of The Manga Bible and artist on Judge Dredd, introduces the concept of Narrative Theology - and the specific subset of Graphic Theology - that informs his unique work and ministry. Through the visual language of superhero archetypes, legend and lore, he demonstrates a contemporary method of engaging with the Bible that resonates with how the Hebrew sages and prophets of pre-antiquity read Scripture. This one-of-a-kind contribution to the My Theology series is presented in full color as a mix of text and Siku’s dynamic artwork and comic-style illustration.

In the My Theology series, the world’s leading Christian thinkers explain some of the principal tenets of their theological beliefs in concise, pocket-sized books.

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Click for more detail about United Stated of Grace: A Memoir of Homelessness, Addiction, Incarceration, and Hope by Lenny Duncan United Stated of Grace: A Memoir of Homelessness, Addiction, Incarceration, and Hope

by Lenny Duncan
Broadleaf Books (Aug 02, 2022)
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"This lyrical testament to life as ’a blind date with mercy’ will challenge and inspire." —Publishers Weekly [Starred Review]

In 1991, when he was thirteen years old, Lenny Duncan stepped out of his house in West Philadelphia, walked to the Greyhound station, and bought a ticket—the start of his great American adventure. But little did he know that his great American adventure would include a winding path through sex work and drug deals, prison, and eventually ministry and social justice activism.

Now out in paperback with a new afterword, Duncan brings us his deeply personal story about growing up Black and queer in the US. In his characteristically powerful voice, he recounts hitchhiking across the country, spending time in solitary confinement, battling for sobriety, and discovering a deep faith, examining pressing issues like poverty, mass incarceration, white supremacy, and LGBTQ inclusion through an intimate portrayal of his life’s struggles and joys. United States of Grace is a love story about America, revealing the joy and resilience of places in this country that many call "the margins" but that Lenny Duncan has called home. Fierce and incisive, Duncan challenges us and America to seek life out of death. "I was born starving for the good," he writes, "and this country can be a feast of good if we open ourselves up to it."


Click for more detail about First and Only: What Black Women Say About Thriving at Work and in Life by Jennifer R. Farmer First and Only: What Black Women Say About Thriving at Work and in Life

by Jennifer R. Farmer
Broadleaf Books (Jul 26, 2022)
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“Essential reading.” —Marie Claire

First and Only is a guide for every Black woman who has found herself closing the cover on other business leadership books, convinced that something is missing. We are looking for roadmaps to on-the-job success while also acknowledging the unique barriers that Black women face in the workplace: hostile work environments, being perceived as the Angry Black Woman, being asked to do more for less than our white colleagues. But we can heal, fight for our liberation, and succeed in business and in our lives. In these pages, you will find a love letter to Black women that connects our personal growth and inner healing and the fight for liberation.

Trainer and activist Jennifer R. Farmer offers practical strategies for how to thrive in workplaces that can be ambivalent about Black women’s success, as well as tips and stories from psychologists, activists, and organizational experts that equip us to lead others and heal past wounds. Learn to shed fear and embrace courage and vulnerability. Our path to success includes a commitment to self-care, spiritual growth, and a willingness to push for progress even as we fight for our own liberation. First and Only is not just about how to lean in, or how to discover the irrefutable laws of leadership. It’s also about healing so that we can sustain work for justice and equity. It’s about finding personal and social redemption—and leading other Black women to it, too.

The paperback edition includes an added preface, a discussion guide, and a Q&A with the author.


Click for more detail about God’s Holy Darkness by Sharei Green and Beckah Selnick God’s Holy Darkness

by Sharei Green and Beckah Selnick
Beaming Books (Jul 12, 2022)
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In God’s Holy Darkness, Sharei Green and Beckah Selnick deconstruct anti-Blackness in Christian theology by celebrating instances in the story of God’s people when darkness, blackness, and night are beautiful, good, and holy. From the darkness at the beginning of creation to the blackness of the sky on the day when Christ’s birth was announced to the shepherds, children learn that blackness is something to celebrate as an important element of the life of faith. Lush and vibrant illustrations by artist Nikki Faison underscore the mystery and beauty of these wondrous acts of God’s holy darkness.

Perfect for reading and anti-racist reflection in worship, as an affirmation and celebration with children, and at home with caregivers, God’s Holy Darkness is a gift to cherish.

God’s Holy Darkness is a Junior Library Guild Selection. Junior Library Guild is a curated subscription service for libraries featuring books recommended by expert librarians for building an excellent collection.


Click for more detail about You Mean It or You Don’t: James Baldwin’s Radical Challenge by Jamie McGhee and Adam Hollowell You Mean It or You Don’t: James Baldwin’s Radical Challenge

by Jamie McGhee and Adam Hollowell
Broadleaf Books (May 31, 2022)
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After a speech at UMass Amherst on February 28, 1984, James Baldwin was asked by a student: “You said that the liberal facade and being a liberal is not enough. Well, what is? What is necessary?” Baldwin responded, “Commitment. That is what is necessary. You mean it or you don’t.”

Taking up that challenge and drawing from Baldwin’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and interviews, You Mean It or You Don’t will spur today’s progressives from conviction to action. It is not enough, authors Hollowell and McGhee urge us, to hold progressive views on racial justice, LGBTQ+ identity, and economic inequality. True and lasting change demands a response to Baldwin’s radical challenge for moral commitment. Called to move from dreams of justice to living it out in communities, churches, and neighborhoods, we can show that we truly mean it.

Welcome to life with James Baldwin. It is raw and challenging, inspired and embodied, passionate and fully awake.


Click for more detail about Sarah Rising by Ty Chapman Sarah Rising

by Ty Chapman
Beaming Books (May 24, 2022)
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Sarah starts her day like any other day: she eats her toast and feeds her bugs. But today isn’t a day like any other day. Today, her dad brings her to a protest to speak out against police violence against Black people. The protesters are loud, and Sarah gets scared. When Sarah spots a beautiful monarch butterfly and follows it through the crowd, she finds herself inside the no-man’s land between the line of police and protesters. In the moments that follow, Sarah is confronted with the cruelty of those who are supposed to protect her and learns what it feels like to protect and be protected.

Inspired by the protests that happened during the Minneapolis Uprising after the police killing of George Floyd, Sarah Rising provides a child’s-eye view of a protest and offers an opportunity for children to talk about why people take to the streets to protest racial injustice. Readers will gain a new appreciation for how important it is to be part of a community of people who protect each other.

Backmatter includes a note from the author about his experience growing up as a Black boy in the Twin Cities, information about the Minneapolis Uprising, and practical ways kids can get involved in activism.


Click for more detail about The Enneagram for Black Liberation: Return to Who You Are Beneath the Armor You Carry by Chichi Agorom The Enneagram for Black Liberation: Return to Who You Are Beneath the Armor You Carry

by Chichi Agorom
Broadleaf Books (Mar 29, 2022)
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Am I worthy of belonging? Am I loved just as I am? Am I safe to exist without worry?

How do Black women return to our truest selves in systems that answer “no” to these three questions?

The Enneagram is an ancient system of human development that shows us the limiting stories that keep us stuck in unhelpful patterns, and invites us into more expansive stories. For too long, conversations about the Enneagram and its personality types have been centered on and by whiteness. In The Enneagram for Black Liberation, certified Enneagram teacher and trained psychotherapist Chichi Agorom reclaims the Enneagram as a powerful tool for Black women to rediscover our wholeness and worth that existed long before systems of supremacy told us we weren't enough.

For Black women, in particular, our Enneagram personality types reflect more than just our way of being in the world; they are shaped by armor that we use to protect ourselves from pain, suffering, and shame. Breaking down each Enneagram type as a form of armor, this book offers practices to help Black women, and all who live on the margins, begin to build a sense of self separate from our mechanisms of self-protection, while working to dismantle the systems that require us to stay constantly armored up. Chichi Agorom takes readers through each of the nine Enneagram types, along with stories of Black women who identify with them, to illustrate the stories people must tell themselves in order to feel safe. In the process, Agorom seeks to inspire us to expand beyond our type patterns.

Wholeness work is justice work. Centering freedom, ease, and rest for Black women, Agorom invites each of us to claim the Enneagram as our tool for resilience-building in the continued fight for liberation.


Click for more detail about Black Girls Unbossed: Young World Changers Leading the Way by Khristi Lauren Adams Black Girls Unbossed: Young World Changers Leading the Way

by Khristi Lauren Adams
Beaming Books (Mar 22, 2022)
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Black girls are shaping the future.

Young Black leaders have always been at the forefront of the fight for justice, freedom, and equity. And Black girls today are stepping up and leading in bold, creative ways. In a world overrun by power and greed, now is the time to look to Black girls for lessons in resilience, leadership, tenacity, spirit, and empathy.

From Khristi Lauren Adams, author of the celebrated Parable of the Brown Girl, comes Black Girls Unbossed, which introduces readers to young Black girls leading the way and changing the world.

Eight young Black women are profiled, including the founder of a child literacy nonprofit, political activists, and a school shooting survivor who launched a political action committee to prevent gun violence.

These are the young Black women we will be reading about and studying decades from now. Like the young women who came before them, Black girls today are saying “enough is enough” and building a better world.


Click for more detail about Unbossed: How Black Girls Are Leading the Way by Khristi Lauren Adams Unbossed: How Black Girls Are Leading the Way

by Khristi Lauren Adams
Broadleaf Books (Mar 08, 2022)
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Black girls are leading, organizing, advocating, and creating. They are starting nonprofits. Building political coalitions. Promoting diverse literature. Fighting cancer. Improving water quality. Working to prevent gun violence.

Are we ready to learn from their leadership?

“Black women are literally at the helm of every movement,” says Tyah-Amoy Roberts, an activist and a survivor of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. “Every push for social justice. Every push for social change. We need to take our stories into our own hands.” In Unbossed, they do.

From Khristi Lauren Adams, author of the celebrated Parable of the Brown Girl, comes Unbossed, a hopeful and riveting inquiry into the lives of eight young Black women who are agitating for change and imagining a better world. Offering practical lessons in leadership, resilience, empathy, and tenacity from a group of young leaders of color who are often neglected, Unbossed includes profiles of Jaychele Nicole Schenck, Ssanyu Lukoma, Tyah-Amoy Roberts, Grace Callwood, Hannah Lucas, Amara Ifeji, Stephanie Younger, and Kynnedy Smith.

These are the young Black women we will be reading about decades from now. Like their foremothers in earlier freedom movements, Black girls are transformational leaders. They are pacesetters, strategic thinkers, visionaries, mobilizers, activists, and more. Their stories may often be overlooked. But Black girls are leading the way.


Click for more detail about Bipolar Faith (paperback): A Black Woman’s Journey with Depression and Faith by Monica A. Coleman Bipolar Faith (paperback): A Black Woman’s Journey with Depression and Faith

by Monica A. Coleman
Broadleaf Books (Feb 08, 2022)
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Overcome with mental anguish, Monica A. Coleman’s great-grandfather had his two young sons pull the chair out from beneath him when he hanged himself. That noose remained tied to a rafter in the shed, where it hung above the heads of his eight children who played there for years to come.

As it had for generations before her, a heaviness hung over Monica throughout her young life. As an adult, this rising star in the academy saw career successes often fueled by the modulated highs of undiagnosed Bipolar II Disorder, as she hid deep depression that even her doctors skimmed past in disbelief. Serendipitous encounters with Black intellectuals like Henry Louis Gates Jr., Angela Davis, and Renita Weems were countered by long nights of stark loneliness. Only as Coleman began to face her illness was she able to live honestly and faithfully in the world. And in the process, she discovered a new and liberating vision of God.

Written in crackling prose, Monica’s spiritual autobiography examines her long dance with trauma, depression, and the threat of death in light of the legacies of slavery, war, sharecropping, poverty, and alcoholism that masked her family history of mental illness for generations.


Click for more detail about Black Hands White House: Slave Labor and the Making of America by Renee K. Harrison Black Hands White House: Slave Labor and the Making of America

by Renee K. Harrison
Fortress Press (Nov 02, 2021)
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Black Hands, White House documents and appraises the role enslaved women and men played in building the US, both its physical and its fiscal infrastructure. The book highlights the material commodities produced by enslaved communities during the Transatlantic Slave Trade. These commodities—namely tobacco, rice, sugar, and cotton, among others—enriched European and US economies; contributed to the material and monetary wealth of the nation’s founding fathers, other early European immigrants, and their descendants; and bolstered the wealth of present-day companies founded during the American slave era. Critical to this study are also examples of enslaved laborers’ role in building Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Subsequently, their labor also constructed the nation’s capital city, Federal City (later renamed Washington, DC), its seats of governance—the White House and US Capitol—and other federal sites and memorials.

Given the enslaved community’s contribution to the US, this work questions the absence of memorials on the National Mall that honor enslaved, Black-bodied people. Harrison argues that such monuments are necessary to redress the nation’s historical disregard of Black people and America’s role in their forced migration, violent subjugation, and free labor. The erection of monuments commissioned by the US government would publicly demonstrate the government’s admission of the US’s historical role in slavery and human-harm, and acknowledgment of the karmic debt owed to these first Black-bodied builders of America.

Black Hands, White House appeals to those interested in exploring how nation-building and selective memory, American patriotism and hypocrisy, racial superiority and mythmaking are embedded in US origins and monuments, as well as in other memorials throughout the transatlantic European world. Such a study is necessary, as it adds significantly to the burgeoning and in-depth conversation on racial disparity, race relations, history-making, reparations, and monument erection and removal.

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Click for more detail about The Lightmaker’s Manifesto: How to Work for Change Without Losing Your Joy by Karen Walrond The Lightmaker’s Manifesto: How to Work for Change Without Losing Your Joy

by Karen Walrond
Broadleaf Books (Nov 02, 2021)
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Many of us have strong convictions. We want to advocate for causes we care about—but which ones? We want to work for change—but will the emotional toll lead to burn out?

Leadership coach, lawyer, photographer, and activist Karen Walrond knows that when you care deeply about the world, light can seem hard to find. But when your activism grows out of your joy—and vice versa—you begin to see light everywhere.

In The Lightmaker’s Manifesto, Walrond helps us name the skills, values, and actions that bring us joy; identify the causes that spark our empathy and concern; and then put it all together to change the world. Creative and practical exercises, including journaling, daily intention-setting, and mindful self-compassion, are complemented by lively conversations with activists and thought leaders such as Valarie Kaur, Brené Brown, Tarana Burke, and Zuri Adele. With stories from around the world and wisdom from those leading movements for change, Walrond beckons readers toward lives of integrity, advocacy, conviction, and joy.

By unearthing our passions and gifts, we learn how to joyfully advocate for justice, peace, and liberation. We learn how to become makers of light.


Click for more detail about Toni Morrison’s Spiritual Vision: Faith, Folktales, and Feminism in Her Life and Literature by Nadra Nittle Toni Morrison’s Spiritual Vision: Faith, Folktales, and Feminism in Her Life and Literature

by Nadra Nittle
Fortress Press (Oct 05, 2021)
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When Toni Morrison died in August 2019, she was widely remembered for her contributions to literature as an African American woman, an identity she wore proudly. Morrison was clear that she wrote from a Black, female perspective and for others who shared her identity. But just as much as she was an African American writer, Toni Morrison was a woman of faith.

Morrison filled her novels with biblical allusions, magic, folktales, and liberated women, largely because Christianity, African American folk magic, and powerful women defined her own life. She grew up with family members who could interpret dreams, predict the future, see ghosts, and go about their business. Her relatives, particularly her mother, were good storytellers, and her family’s oral tradition included ghost stories and African American folktales. But her family was also Christian. As a child, Morrison converted to Catholicism and chose a baptismal name that truly became her own—Anthony, from St. Anthony of Padua—going from Chloe to Toni. Morrison embraced both Catholicism and the occult as a child and, later, as a writer. She was deeply religious, and her spirituality included the Bible, the paranormal, and the folktales she heard as a child.

Toni Morrison’s Spiritual Vision unpacks this oft-ignored, but essential, element of Toni Morrison’s work—her religion—and in so doing, gives readers a deeper, richer understanding of her life and her writing. In its pages, Nadra Nittle remembers and understands Morrison for all of who she was: a writer, a Black woman, and a person of complex faith. As Nittle’s wide-ranging, deep exploration of Morrison’s oeuvre reveals, to fully understand the writing of Toni Morrison one must also understand the role of religion and spirituality in her life and literature.

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Click for more detail about A More Perfect Union: A New Vision for Building the Beloved Community by Adam Russell Taylor A More Perfect Union: A New Vision for Building the Beloved Community

by Adam Russell Taylor
Broadleaf Books (Sep 14, 2021)
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America is at a pivotal crossroads. The soul of our nation is at stake and in peril. A new public narrative is needed to unite Americans around common values and to counter the increasing discord and acrimony in our politics and culture. The process of healing and creating a more perfect union in our nation must start now. The moral vision of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Beloved Community, which animated and galvanized the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, provides a hopeful way forward.

In A More Perfect Union, Adam Russell Taylor, president of Sojourners, reimagines a contemporary version of the Beloved Community that will inspire and unite Americans across generations, geographic and class divides, racial and gender differences, faith traditions, and ideological leanings. In the Beloved Community, neither privilege nor punishment is tied to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or economic status, and everyone is able to realize their full potential and thrive. Building the Beloved Community requires living out a series of commitments, such as true equality, radical welcome, transformational interdependence, E Pluribus Unum ("out of many, one"), environmental stewardship, nonviolence, and economic equity. By building the Beloved Community we unify the country around a shared moral vision that transcends ideology and partisanship, tapping into our most sacred civic and religious values, enabling our nation to live up to its best ideals and realize a more perfect union.


Click for more detail about In My Grandmother’s House: Black Women, Faith, and the Stories We Inherit by Yolanda Pierce In My Grandmother’s House: Black Women, Faith, and the Stories We Inherit

by Yolanda Pierce
Broadleaf Books (Feb 16, 2021)
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What if the most steadfast faith you’ll ever encounter comes from a Black grandmother?

The church mothers who raised Yolanda Pierce, dean of Howard University School of Divinity, were busily focused on her survival. In a world hostile to Black women’s bodies and spirits, they had to be. Born on a former cotton plantation and having fled the terrors of the South, Pierce’s grandmother raised her in the faith inherited from those who were enslaved. Now, in the pages of In My Grandmother’s House, Pierce reckons with that tradition, building an everyday womanist theology rooted in liberating scriptures, experiences in the Black church, and truths from Black women’s lives. Pierce tells stories that center the experiences of those living on the underside of history, teasing out the tensions of race, spirituality, trauma, freedom, resistance, and memory.

A grandmother’s theology carries wisdom strong enough for future generations. The Divine has been showing up at the kitchen tables of Black women for a long time. It’s time to get to know that God.


Click for more detail about Open Wounds: A Story of Racial Tragedy, Trauma, and Redemption by Phil Allen Jr. Open Wounds: A Story of Racial Tragedy, Trauma, and Redemption

by Phil Allen Jr.
Fortress Press (Feb 09, 2021)
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On December 10, 1953, tragedy hit a family when Nathaniel Allen was murdered on the Sampit River by his white employer, who lured him into the meeting under the false promise of reconciliation. Allen’s death was recorded as an accidental drowning, a deliberate cover-up of the bullet hole seen by more than one witness.


Three generations later, Phil Allen Jr. revisits this harrowing story and recounts the “baton of bitterness” that this murder passed down in his family.


Through interviews, difficult conversations, and deep theological reflection, Allen takes up the challenge of racism today, naming it for what it is and working to chart a path toward reconciliation.


Open Wounds, and the documentary that accompanies it, is a transformative experience of listening and learning as a grandson looks, laments, and ultimately leads his family and his society forward toward a just and reconciled future. It’s an essential part of our national reckoning with racism and injustice.


Click for more detail about Black Power and the American Myth: 50th Anniversary Edition by C.T. Vivian Black Power and the American Myth: 50th Anniversary Edition

by C.T. Vivian
Fortress Press (Feb 02, 2021)
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In 1970, C. T. Vivian, a close colleague of Martin Luther King, Jr. and a member of his executive staff, sat down to take stock of the civil rights movement and the progress it had made. His assessment was that it failed and that the blame lay in the existence of myths about America.

As prophetic today as it was 50 years ago, Vivian’s voice rings out as a critique and a call to action for a society in deep need of justice and peace.

The civil rights struggle that began when Rosa Parks, a seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama, decided to sit in the front of a bus has deeply altered American society and the American conscience. Yet from several perspectives, that movement has resulted in failure. The Black struggle for independence is more of an uphill climb than ever. Why?

C. T. Vivian asserts that the civil rights movement failed because it was built on certain myths about America:

  • The myth that Americans will do what is right as soon as they know what is right.
  • The myth that legislation leads to justice.
  • The myth that America is an open society where any minority group can advance.
  • The myth that an ethic of love forms the core of the American conscience.


Click for more detail about Opening the Road: Victor Hugo Green and His Green Book by Keila V. Dawson Opening the Road: Victor Hugo Green and His Green Book

by Keila V. Dawson
Beaming Books (Jan 26, 2021)
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During a time when taking a trip across the nation could be dangerous for Black Americans, one man crafted a guide that changed the lives of millions.

In the late 1930s when segregation was legal and Black Americans couldn’t visit every establishment or travel everywhere they wanted to safely, a New Yorker named Victor Hugo Green decided to do something about it. Green wrote and published a guide that listed places where his fellow Black Americans could be safe in New York City. The guide sold like hot cakes! Soon customers started asking Green to make a guide to help them travel and vacation safely across the nation too. With the help of his mail carrier co-workers and the African American business community, Green’s guide allowed millions of African Americans to travel safely and enjoy traveling across the nation.

In the first picture book about the creation and distribution of The Green Book, author Keila Dawson and illustrator Alleanna Harris tell the story of the man behind it and how this travel guide opened the road for a safer, more equitable America.


Click for more detail about Worth It: Overcome Your Fears and Embrace the Life You Were Made for by Brit Baron Worth It: Overcome Your Fears and Embrace the Life You Were Made for

by Brit Baron
Broadleaf Books (Jul 21, 2020)
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Brit Barron grew up in an Evangelical megachurch in the ’90s, trying to fit neatly inside the boundaries her church and its narrow view of God had placed around her. She was boxed in by her fears, unable to realize her full potential. All that changed when she met a girl named Sami, fell in love, and chose to leave behind those narrow boundaries in favor of a fuller and more vibrant life.

In Worth It, Brit tells her story to inspire all of us to overcome our own fears—the kinds of fears that keep us from evolving beyond the narratives that have been handed to us by others. We can’t avoid or outrun these fears, but if we face them, we’ll find out that it was so worth it!


Click for more detail about Parable of the Brown Girl: The Sacred Lives of Girls of Color by Khristi Lauren Adams Parable of the Brown Girl: The Sacred Lives of Girls of Color

by Khristi Lauren Adams
Fortress Press (Feb 04, 2020)
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Enlightening and extremely helpful Parable of a Brown Girl deepens cultural awareness by relaying heartfelt stories from girls of color. Author, speaker, minister, and youth advocate, Khristi Lauren Adams introduces readers to the resilience and hope held within each of their diverse lives. Loaded with valuable insights from people of color, referencing Black feminist and political thought, Adams brings each story front and center with grace and wisdom.

By sharing encounters she’s had with girls of color, profound cultural and theological truths are highlighted. Adams magnifies the struggles, dreams, wisdom, and dignity of these important voices that offer deep understanding of social justice and reconciliation for all readers. Thought-provoking and inspirational, Parable of the Brown Girl is a powerful example of how God uses the narratives we most often ignore to teach us the most important lessons in life. It’s time to pay attention and learn from the societal pressures, expectations, and stereotypes often put on multi-ethnic girls. Now is the time to forge new understanding and engage in community dialogue that Adams so confidently leads us into.


Click for more detail about Bitty Brown Babe by Deborah Lefalle Bitty Brown Babe

by Deborah Lefalle
Beaming Books (Sep 10, 2019)
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Bitty brown babe, how soft your round nose
As soft as a petal one finds on a rose.

Feel the love and delight in this darling board book about bonding with a new baby in the family. Deborah LeFalle’s poetic descriptive text and Keisha Morris’ vibrant mixed-media illustrations, showcase the wonder and beauty of a beloved baby and the joy that comes with new life.

Bitty Brown Babe is the perfect gift for new parents, grandmothers, aunts, birthdays, Mother’s Day, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Grandparents Day, baby showers, and story time any day of the year.


Click for more detail about Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US by Lenny Duncan Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US

by Lenny Duncan
Fortress Press (Jul 02, 2019)
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Lenny Duncan is the unlikeliest of pastors. Formerly incarcerated, he is now a black preacher in the whitest denomination in the United States: the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Shifting demographics and shrinking congregations make all the headlines, but Duncan sees something else at work—drawing a direct line between the church’s lack of diversity and the church’s lack of vitality. The problems the ELCA faces are theological, not sociological. But so are the answers.

Part manifesto, part confession, and all love letter, Dear Church offers a bold new vision for the future of Duncan’s denomination and the broader mainline Christian community of faith. Dear Church rejects the narrative of church decline and calls everyone—leaders and laity alike—to the front lines of the church’s renewal through racial equality and justice.

It is time for the church to rise up, dust itself off, and take on forces of this world that act against God: whiteness, misogyny, nationalism, homophobia, and economic injustice. Duncan gives a blueprint for the way forward and urges us to follow in the revolutionary path of Jesus.

Dear Church also features a discussion guide at the back—perfect for church groups, book clubs, and other group discussion.


Click for more detail about Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church (2nd Edition) by Barbara A. Holmes Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church (2nd Edition)

by Barbara A. Holmes
Fortress Press (Oct 15, 2017)
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Joy Unspeakable focuses on the aspects of the Black church that point beyond particular congregational gatherings toward a mystical and communal spirituality not within the exclusive domain of any denomination. This mystical aspect of the black church is deeply implicated in the well-being of African American people but is not the focus of their intentional reflection. Moreover, its traditions are deeply ensconced within the historical memory of the wider society and can be found in Coltrane’s riffs, Malcolm’s exhortations, the social activism of the Black Lives Matter Movement and the presidency of Barack Hussein Obama. The research in this book—through oral histories, church records, and written accounts—details not only ways in which contemplative experience is built into African American collective worship but also the legacy of African monasticism, a history of spiritual exemplars, and unique meditative worship practices. A groundbreaking work in its original edition, Joy Unspeakable now appears in a new, revised edition to address the effects of this contemplative tradition on activism and politics and to speak to a new generation of readers and scholars.


Click for more detail about Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman’s Journey with Depression and Faith by Monica A. Coleman Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman’s Journey with Depression and Faith

by Monica A. Coleman
Fortress Press (Jul 01, 2016)
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Overcome with mental anguish, Monica A. Coleman’s great-grandfather had his two young sons pull the chair out from beneath him when he hanged himself. That noose remained tied to a rafter in the shed, where it hung above the heads of his eight children who played there for years to come.

As it had for generations before her, a heaviness hung over Monica throughout her young life. As an adult, this rising star in the academy saw career successes often fueled by the modulated highs of undiagnosed Bipolar II Disorder, as she hid deep depression that even her doctors skimmed past in disbelief. Serendipitous encounters with Black intellectuals like Henry Louis Gates Jr., Angela Davis, and Renita Weems were countered by long nights of stark loneliness. Only as Coleman began to face her illness was she able to live honestly and faithfully in the world. And in the process, she discovered a new and liberating vision of God.

Written in crackling prose, Monica’s spiritual autobiography examines her long dance with trauma, depression, and the threat of death in light of the legacies of slavery, war, sharecropping, poverty, and alcoholism that masked her family history of mental illness for generations.


Click for more detail about Behind the Public Veil: The Humanness of Martin Luther King Jr. by Lewis V. Baldwin Behind the Public Veil: The Humanness of Martin Luther King Jr.

by Lewis V. Baldwin
Fortress Press (May 01, 2016)
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What was Martin Luther King Jr. really like? In this groundbreaking volume, Lewis V. Baldwin answers this question by focusing on the man himself. Drawing on the testimonies of friends, family, and closest associates, this volume adds much-needed biographical background to the discussion, as Baldwin looks beyond all of the mythic, messianic, and iconic images to treat King in terms of his fundamental and vivid humanness. Special attention is devoted to Kings personal insecurities and struggles, his humility and affinity to common people, his delight in pleasant and passionate conversation, his insatiable love for the precious but ordinary things of life, his robust appetite for artfully-prepared and delicious soul food, his enduring appreciation for music and dance, his cheerful and playful attitude and spirit, his abiding interest in games and sports, and his amazing gift of wit, humor, and laughter.

King emerges here as an ordinary human being who enjoyed and celebrated life to the fullest but was never bigger than life. Here we see the personal qualities of Kingas a real, fleshly human being and also as a man shaped by his social and cultural experiences and locations. This book reclaims the man behind the mythology.


Click for more detail about Ain’t I a Womanist, Too?: Third Wave Womanist Religious Thought by Monica A. Coleman Ain’t I a Womanist, Too?: Third Wave Womanist Religious Thought

by Monica A. Coleman
Fortress Press (May 01, 2013)
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Third wave womanism is a new movement within religious studies with deep roots in the tradition of womanist religious thoughtwhile also departing from it in key ways. After a helpful and orienting introduction, this volume gathers essays from established and emerging scholars whose work is among the most lively and innovative scholarship today. The result is a lively conversation in which “to question is not to disavow; to depart is not necessarily to reject” and where questioning and departing are indications of the productive growth and expansion of an important academic and religious movement.


Click for more detail about Never to Leave Us Alone: The Prayer Life of Martin Luther King Jr. by Lewis V. Baldwin Never to Leave Us Alone: The Prayer Life of Martin Luther King Jr.

by Lewis V. Baldwin
Fortress Press (Sep 15, 2010)
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Based on years of original research, Never to Leave Us Alone is the first book-length treatment of the prayer life of the famed religious and civil rights leader. Drawing on personal prayers that King recited as a seminarian and graduate student, preacher, pastor, and then civil rights leader, award-winning historian Lewis Baldwin explains how King turned to both private prayer and meditation for his own spiritual fulfillment, and to public prayer as part of his sermonic discourse, as an aspect of his pastoral care, and as a way of moving, inspiring, and reaffirming people in the context of a crusade for equal rights, social justice, and peace.

In the end, Baldwin argues, King’s prayer life and reflections offer important keys not only to King the man but also to our own cultivation of core human values. The book includes photographs.


Click for more detail about Strength to Love by Martin Luther King, Jr. Strength to Love

by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fortress Press (Jan 10, 2010)
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"If there is one book Martin Luther King, Jr. has written that people consistently tell me has changed their lives, it is Strength to Love."

So wrote Coretta Scott King. She continued: "I believe it is because this book best explains the central element of Martin Luther King, Jr.’ s philosophy of nonviolence: His belief in a divine, loving presence that binds all life. That insight, luminously conveyed in this classic text, here presented in a new and attractive edition, hints at the personal transformation at the root of social justice: " By reaching into and beyond ourselves and tapping the transcendent moral ethic of love, we shall overcome these evils."

In these short meditative and sermonic pieces, some of them composed in jails and all of them crafted during the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights struggle, Dr. King articulated and espoused in a deeply personal compelling way his commitment to justice and to the intellectual, moral, and spiritual conversion that makes his work as much a blueprint today for Christian discipleship as it was then.

Individual readers, as well as church groups and students will find in this work a challenging yet energizing vision of God and redemptive love.


Click for more detail about Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being by M. Shawn Copeland Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being

by M. Shawn Copeland
Fortress Press (Dec 01, 2009)
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Being human is neither abstract nor hypothetical. It is concrete, visceral, and embodied in the everyday experience and relationships that determine who we are. In that case, argues distinguished theologian Shawn Copeland, we have much to learn from the embodied experience of Black women who, for centuries, have borne in their bodies the identities and pathologies of those in power.

With rare insight and conviction, Copeland demonstrates how Black women’s experience and oppression cast a completely different light on our theological theorems and pious platitudes and reveal them as a kind of mental colonization that still operates powerfully in our economic and political configurations today. Further, Copeland argues, race and embodiment and relations of power not only reframe theological anthropology but also our notions of discipleship, church, and Christ as well. In fact, she argues, our postmodern situation marked decidedly by the realities of race, conflict, the remains of colonizing myths, and the health of bodies affords an opportunity to be human (and to be the body of Christ) with new clarity and effect.


Click for more detail about Making a Way Out of No Way: A Womanist Theology by Monica A. Coleman Making a Way Out of No Way: A Womanist Theology

by Monica A. Coleman
Fortress Press (Sep 01, 2008)
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In her new book, Monica A. Coleman articulates the African American expression of making a way out of no way for today’s context of globalization, religious pluralism, and sexual diversity. Drawing on womanist religious scholarship and process thought, Coleman describes the symbiotic relationship among God, the ancestors, and humanity that helps to change the world into the just society it ought to be. Making a Way Out of No Way shows us a way of living for justice with God and proposes a communal theology that presents a dynamic way forward for black churches, African traditional religions and grassroots organizations.


Click for more detail about Witnessing and Testifying by Rosetta E. Ross Witnessing and Testifying

by Rosetta E. Ross
Fortress Press (Jan 01, 2003)
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After a chapter exploring black women’s religious context and presenting early examples of this work by women of the ante-bellum and post-Reconstruction eras, Ross looks at seven civil rights activists who continue this tradition. They are Ella Josephine Baker, Septima Poinsette Clark, Fannie Lou Hamer, Victoria Way DeLee, Clara Muhammad, Diane Nash, and Ruby Doris Smith Robinson. In a fascinating narrative style that draws on biography, social history, and original archival research, Ross shows how their moral formation and work reflect both womanist consciousness and practices of witness and testimony, both emergent from the black religious context. Ross’ major work is engrossing history and moving ethical challenge. Examining black women’s civil rights activism as religiously impelled moral practices brings a new insight to work on the movement and lifts up a paradigm for engagement in the mountainous challenges of contemporary social life.

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Click for more detail about Race, Racism, and the Biblical Narratives (Facets) by Cain Hope Felder Race, Racism, and the Biblical Narratives (Facets)

by Cain Hope Felder
Fortress Press (Sep 01, 2002)
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Felder’s important work clarifies the profound differences in racial attitudes in the biblical world and now. He shows processes at work in both testaments that reflect ancient ambiguity about what we call race. He uncovers misuses of the biblical text (such as the so-called curse of Ham) in subsequent interpretation and shows how the Bible has been used to trivialize African contributions and demean and enslave black people. Felder challenges scholars and church people alike to deeper and more honest engagement with the biblical text.


Click for more detail about Spiritual Maturity: Preserving Congregational Health and Balance (Prisms) by Frank A. Thomas Spiritual Maturity: Preserving Congregational Health and Balance (Prisms)

by Frank A. Thomas
Augsburg Fortress (Apr 02, 2002)
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Like all human bodies, the body of Christ that we call "church" needs to attend to its health or it may become ill. Renowned pastor, preacher, and teacher Frank Thomas believes that many congregations exhibit a number of dysfunctional habits in conducting business that leads to rifts, divides, and even congregational splits. Often they are caused by leadership styles that are ineffective and controlling. Thomas examines how poor congregational leadership is often the result of personality conflicts among leaders and how many key leaders both clergy and lay participate in keeping unhealthy methods alive.

Thomas's book will help lay and clergy leaders improve the health of their congregation by taking a close look at the styles of church leadership, methods of information flow, and levels of participation that exist within the body. Thomas offers a holistic solution based on a model of spiritual maturity for creating and preserving a healthy congregation.


Click for more detail about The Measure of a Man (paperback) by Martin Luther King, Jr. The Measure of a Man (paperback)

by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fortress Press (Oct 19, 2001)
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Two brief yet powerful meditations from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. defining humanity’s worth and completion relate to strides toward social justice.

Eloquent and passionate, reasoned and sensitive, this pair of meditations by the revered civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. contains the theological roots of his political and social philosophy of nonviolent activism.

In supporting reconciliation, Dr. King outlines human worth based on Scripture, encouraging the reader to know each person has worth, rational ability, and an invitation to fellowship with the Creator. In addition, Dr. King explains the three dimensions of life: length, breadth, and height; they must all be present and working harmoniously in order for life to be complete as an individual and as a community. Black and white photos from Dr. King’s life along with simple prayers from the reverend round out this short but poignant offering.


Click for more detail about Refiner’s Fire by Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan Refiner’s Fire

by Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan
Fortress Press (Nov 17, 2000)
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What does religion have to do with fomenting or transcending violence? In this fascinating work, Kirk-Duggan documents and analyzes religion’s involvement in violence, for good and ill, in the Bible, slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, and the youth scene of today.


Click for more detail about Battered Love by Renita J. Weems Battered Love

by Renita J. Weems
Fortress Press (Nov 30, 1995)
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Weems’s pioneering study explores the puzzling ways in which the Hebrew prophets’ portrayals of divine love, compassion, and conventional commitment often became associated with battery, infidelity, and the rape and mutilation of women. She wrestles with the prophets’ rhetoric and sexual metaphors to uncover Israelite social structures, asking, What is implied about women, men, and God by the language that the prophets use to describe the covenant between Yahweh and Israel? This provocative work by a leading African American biblical scholar delves deeply into issues of intimacy and power, violence and control, seduction and betrayal, and is a searing indictment of the axial points of Israelite religionits covenantal and prophetic traditionsand their authority today.


Click for more detail about To Make the Wounded Whole by Lewis V. Baldwin To Make the Wounded Whole

by Lewis V. Baldwin
Augsburg Fortress (Jan 05, 1992)
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To Make the Wounded Whole describes how King’s black messianic vision propelled him into fateful encounters with other black leaders, the war in Vietnam, black theology and world liberation movements.


Click for more detail about Stony the Road We Trod: African American Biblical Interpretation by Cain Hope Felder Stony the Road We Trod: African American Biblical Interpretation

by Cain Hope Felder
Fortress Press (Jun 01, 1991)
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Contents: Preface; Map; Introduction. Part One: The Relevance of Biblical Scholarship and the Authority of the Bible. 1. Interpreting Biblical Scholarship for the Black Church Tradition. 2. The Hermeneutical Dilemma of the African American Biblical Student. 3. Reading "Her Way" Through the Struggle: African American Women and the Bible. Part Two: African American Sources for Enhancing Biblical Interpretation. 4. The Bible and African Americans: An Outline of an Interpretative History. 5 "An Ante-bellum Sermon:" A Resource for an African American Hermeneutic. Part Three: Race and Ancient Black Africa in the Bible. 6. Race, Racism, and the Biblical Narratives. 7. The Black Presence in the Old Testament. 8. Beyond Identification: The Use of Africans in Old Testament Poetry and Narratives. Part Four: Reinterpreting Biblical Texts. 9. Who Was Hagar? 10. The Haustafeln (Household Codes) in African American Biblical Interpretation: "Free Slaves" and "Subordinate Women." 11. An African American Appraisal of the Philemon-Paul-Onesimus Triangle. Index of Ancient Sources. Index of Topics and Names. Contributors.


Click for more detail about There Is a Balm in Gilead by Lewis V. Baldwin There Is a Balm in Gilead

by Lewis V. Baldwin
Augsburg Fortress (Jan 05, 1991)
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The sources of Martin Luther King, Jr., ’s phenomenal and prophetic impact on life in America and beyond have never been adequately understood. In this path-breaking volume, Lewis Baldwin traces King’s vision and activism not to his formal philosophical and theological development but directly to his roots in Southern black culture, where King spent most of his 39 years.

King’s appropriation of the Bible, Gandhi, American participatory democracy, Boston personalism, and the theologies of Reinhold Niebuhr and the Social Gospel makes sense, Baldwin argues, only against his visceral and abiding identification with black culture and the black Christian tradition. Working directly with the trove of King’s sermons, speeches, and unpublished papers, Baldwin has reconstructed the pain and joy, the defeat and triumph King experienced in his formative family relationships, in the black church, in his childhood and education, in his marriage and children, in segregated black Atlanta, and in his leadership of America’s civil rights movement.

Baldwin’s through research and engaging writing finally give us what King had but Scholars have missed: the sense of place that grounded his vision of the beloved community.