Racial Equity Resources

As mission-driven, faith-based organizations, it is vital that we consider our roles in systemic racism and work to dismantle inequitable systems. This library is meant to resource you and your organizations as you work to advance race equity. We will continually add resources and update this page as we learn collaboratively.

Contact Susan Newton with questions or suggested resources to add to this library.

Subscribe to the quarterly Racial Equity and Justice Newsletter here. You can find the most recent edition of the newsletter on the News page.


Tools for Collaborative Discussion

Books that Lutheran Services in America Members are Reading

  • Cassia has compiled an extensive list of resources in its IDEAL Library. Find the resource library here.
  • The Color Bind: Talking (and Not Talking) about Race at Work by Erica Foldy and Tamara R. Buckley
  • Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life by David Billings
  • Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US by Lenny Duncan 

Recommended Books

  • How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Era of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • The Inner Work of Racial Justice by Rhonda McGee
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Color of Water by James McBride
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
  • Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America by Lerone Bennett Jr.
  • Black Robes, White Justice by Bruce Wright
  • Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America by Juan Gonzalez
  • Latina Empowerment Through Leadership: Mindful Stories From Inspiring Women by Catherine Munoz Graces
  • Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism by Laura E. Gomez
  • The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race by Anthony Christian Ocampo
  • Critical Race Theory by Richard Delgado
  • America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis
  • White Too Long by Robert P. Jones


Resources for Exploring White Privilege

Resources on Allyship

Other Resources

  • Blog: The real reasons many organizations are still unable to diversify their board, staff, fundraising committees, etc.
  • Blog and resources on racism in the workplace here
  • Resources focusing on environmental racism and justice
  • A visual depiction of the journey to becoming antiracist, provided by Dr. Paulo Pina at NYU Langone
  • Series on Housing Policy and Racial Equity
  • Confronting Prejudice: How to Protect Yourself and Help Others from Pepperdine University
  • Article: How Race-Related Stress Impacts Employees and What Companies Can Do to Help
  • Under Our Skin videos
  • Resources on historical trauma and cultural healing
  • Race to Lead Reports: The Building Movement Project advises nonprofit organizations on making social change and using effective and inclusive leadership practices. It surveyed over 4,300 people about their experiences with race in the nonprofit sector. The resulting “Race to Lead” series offers key findings and recommendations for increasing the number of nonprofit leaders of color, reducing racial bias in nonprofit organizations, and improving the experiences of women of color in the nonprofit sector.
  • 21-Day Race Equity Habit Building Challenge
  • A Better Way: 50+ Action Items to Fight Against Racism In Your Community
  • Harvard Implicit Bias Test
  • United Way's Cultural Competence Self-Assessment Checklist
  • Choose a podcast & host NPR Listening Party by clicking here.