The GraceCity Collection on Racial Reconciliation – “always growing in resources”

Dear GraceCity Family,

GraceCity, the first ship of enslaved Africans arrived near Port Comfort in the English colony of Virginia in August of 1619. Fluency with the subsequent 400 years through the lens of Black scholars and artists, helps all of us see the world through the eyes and walk the world in the shoes, of our Black sisters and brothers. You can reposition your starting point.

Since my teenage years I have been blessed to read such tomes, memoirs and essays as “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”, “The Fire Next Time” by James Baldwin, and “Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These classics and many more formed my earliest foundation around race, and I recommend them to you.

Immediately below you’ll find my reading/listening list this past year in Black history and sociology, along with great fiction from several Black authors. I am grateful for the education I’ve found here. Further on you’ll find more extensive curated bibliographies from various friends of GraceCity. Read, listen and watch. All these we offer for your reconciliation education in the years ahead. The list will keep growing. 

You can reposition your starting point.

The important thing is to begin. 

Pastor Bob


Non-Fiction (Pastor Bob / 2019-20)

“The NYT 1619 Project” –  (collected essays – google it and start here if in doubt)

“How To Be an Antiracist” – Ibram X. Kendi

“Stamped from the Beginning” – Ibram X. Kendi

“Be the Bridge” – Latasha Morrison

“Between the World and Me” – Ta-Nehisi Coates

“Just Mercy” – Bryan Stevenson

“The Souls of Black Folk” – W.E.B. Du Bois

“Men We Reaped” – Jesmyn Ward

Fiction  (Pastor Bob / 2019-20)

“Homegoing” – Yaa Gyasi

“Parable of the Sower” & “Parable of the Talents” – Octavia Butler 

“The Bluest Eye” – Toni Morrison

“The Hate U Give” – Angie Thomas

Helpful Videos:

1. Ibram Kendi, author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America and How to Be an Anti-Racist, May 2020 Ted Talk on anti-racism:

2. Dorothy Roberts, author of Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty First Century, 2016 Ted Talk on race-based medicine:

3. Khalil Gibram Muhammad, author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, on education and learning from history, 2012 Children’s Defense Fund presentation:

4. Khalil Gibram Muhammad on crime, interview: 

5. Sandy Darrity, co-author with Kirsten Mullen of From here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-first Century, 2019 C-Span conversation:

6. Mindy Fulliove, author of Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do about It, Ted talk – “Four Centuries of the Black Experience in America”:

7. Angela Simms, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies, Barnard College at Columbia University, “The Backstory to Racism in America”: 2020 lecture at Renaissance Church, Harlem, NYC.

8. Phil Vischer, Media Innovator, Creator of Veggie Tales, “Race in America”: 2020 Holy Post Vlog.

Other curations (from friends and friends of friends of GC)



Scientific Literature





A Conservative View 

Non-FictionDiscrimination and Disparities – Thomas Sowell
My Grandfather’s Son – Clarence Thomas
The Content of Our Character – Shelby Steele
Winning the Race – John McWho

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