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.

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


  • “What Happens When Your Hood Is the Last Stop on the White Flight Express” by Taigi Smith


Films & Documentaries

  • Making Whiteness Visible (World Trust-Org)
  • People Like Us (PBS)
  • Race: Power of an Illusion (PBS)
  • The Color of Fear (StirFry Seminars)
  • The Quest for Mental Health in a Racist Society (Na’im Akbar Mind Productions & Assoc.)
  • The Way Home (World Trust)
  • A Time for Burning (Quest Productions)
  • What’s Color Got to Do With It? (Abiding Savior Lutheran Church)
  • Traces of the Trade (Katrina Browne)


  • A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki
  • 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
  • Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
  • Black Voices ed. by Abraham Chapman
  • Civil Rights Chronicle ed. by Clayborne Carson
  • 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
  • Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind
  • How Race Is Lived in America by New York Times Reporters
  • Lifting the White Veil by Jeff Hitchcock
  • Not A Genuine Black Man by Brian Copeland
  • Race Matters by Cornell West
  • Race Rules by Michael Eric Dyson
  • Roofwalker by Susan Power
  • 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
  • Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel
  • We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools by Gary Howard
  • 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