JIC Reading List

JIC Reading List

Listed below are some resources that the Lutheran Volunteer Corps staff have used to guide them in their own personal and communal Journey to an Inclusive Community. We haven’t listed many community organizing groups, as they’re a bit harder to keep updated. We encourage you to seek out your local chapters of Black Lives Matter, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), etc.

For an introduction to JIC, visit the main Journey to an Inclusive Community page.

Articles/Blog Posts



  • 2 Dope Queens
  • AltLatino
  • Another Round
  • Code Switch
  • Ear Hustle
  • Good Muslim, Bad Muslim
  • Latino USA
  • Melanin Millennials
  • Politically Re-Active
  • See Something, Say Something
  • Sooooo Many White Guys
  • Stuff You Missed in History Class
  • The Edge of Sports

Films & Documentaries

  • 13th (on Netflix)
  • A Time for Burning (Quest Productions)
  • Dead Man Walking
  • Elling
  • Happy People
  • Lars and the Real Girl
  • Making Whiteness Visible (World Trust-Org)
  • Moonlight (2017 Academy Award winner)
  • People Like Us (PBS)
  • Race: Power of an Illusion (PBS)
  • Saint Ralph
  • The Color of Fear (StirFry Seminars)
  • The Lives of Others
  • The Quest for Mental Health in a Racist Society (Na’im Akbar Mind Productions & Assoc.)
  • The Way Home (World Trust)
  • Traces of the Trade (Katrina Browne)
  • What’s Color Got to Do With It? (Abiding Savior Lutheran Church)


  • $2 a day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn Edin
  • A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki
  • Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel
  • Against All Odds: The Struggle for Racial Integration in Religious Organizations by B.Christerson, K.L. Edwards, and Michael O. Emerson
  • A Promise and a Way of Life: White Antiracist Activism by Becky Thompson
  • An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor
  • Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
  • Black Voices ed. by Abraham Chapman
  • Blessed are the Organized by Jeffrey Stout
  • Citizen by Claudia Rankine
  • Civil Rights Chronicle ed. by Clayborne Carson
  • Compassion: A reflection of the Christian Life by Nouwen, McNeill, Morrison
  • Crossing The Racial Divide a compilation of articles and study guide by Sojourners magazine
  • Dismantling Racism: The Continuing Challenge to White America by Joseph Barndt
  • Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind
  • How Race Is Lived in America by New York Times Reporters
  • Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen
  • Lifting the White Veil by Jeff Hitchcock
  • New Theories on Racial Identity Development edited by Charmaine L. Wijeyesinghe and Bailey W. Jackson
  • Not A Genuine Black Man by Brian Copeland
  • Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollen
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
  • Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hann
  • Race Matters by Cornell West
  • Race Rules by Michael Eric Dyson
  • Roofwalker by Susan Power
  • Tattoos on the Heart by Fr. Greg Boyle
  • The Color of Law:  A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
  • The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism, and White Privilege by Robert Jensen
  • The Hidden Wound by Wendell Berry
  • The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson
  • The Promise of Paradox by Parker Palmer
  • The New Jim Crow by Michele Alexander
  • The Silent Language by Edward Hall
  • Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel
  • Waking Up White by Debby Irving
  • We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools by Gary Howard
  • What Does It Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy by Robin DiAngelo
  • White by Law: the Legal Construction of Race by Ian Haney López
  • White Like Me by Tim Wise
  • White Men Challenging Racism: 35 Personal Stories ed. by Thompson, Schaefer, and Brod
  • White Trash: Race and Class in America ed. by Wray and Newitz
  • “Why Are All of the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D
  • Wisdom Sits in Places by Keith Basso


  • Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • My Name is Child of God not Those People by Julia Dinsmore
  • Patient Trust by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
  • The Question Holds the Lantern by John O’Donohue
  • To be of Use by Marge Piercy