Anti-Racist Resources
Anti-Racist Resources

Anti-Racist Resources

Trinity Church Wall Street suggests the following resources dealing with systemic racism in the United States, resources aimed at encouraging conversation, contemplation, and change leading to a more just society.

Trinity Videos

Racism Without Racists?

Professor Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Duke University, on why you must live a more Inter-racial life.

Renouncing Privilege at the well in Samaria

The Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean of EDS at Union Seminary, on “When Jesus Surrendered His Own Privilege.”

Changing the Narrative

Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative on changing the narrative about young black men.

Start Talking

The Most Rev. Thabo Makgoba, Archbishop of the Anglican Diocese of Cape Town and Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.

Rebooting Our Prisons

Larry White of “Hope Lives for Lifers” on the necessity of confronting mass incarceration.

TI2016 - Full Conference

Watch all of the videos from our Trinity Institute 2016 conference “Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations on Racial Justice”.

Professor James Cone (1938-2018)

Dr. James Cone of Union Seminary in Conversation with Dr. J. Kameron Carter.

God's Unfinished Future

The Rev. Dr. Peter Gomes, the late chaplain of Harvard University, speaks at the 2007 Trinity Institute.

Religion & Violence

An interview with Dr. James Cone, late professor of Union Seminary.

Other Resources

Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing

The Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, founded by Dr. Catherine Meeks, provides programs and resources to promote racial reconciliation.

The Episcopal Urban Caucus: Video Reading of Frederick Douglass's Speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July"

The Rev. Phillip Jackson lends his voice to this video, recorded at Frederick Douglass Circle in NYC. On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass delivered this speech in Rochester, NY. It is one of his most iconic and thought-provoking presentations and remains a source of critical conversation today.

Damaged Heritage: The Elaine Race Massacre and A Story of Reconciliation

J. Chester Johnson

The 1919 Elaine Race Massacre, arguably the worst in our country’s history, has been widely unknown for the better part of a century, thanks to the whitewashing of history. Johnson discovered his beloved grandfather had participated in the Massacre. Determined to find some way to acknowledge and reconcile this terrible truth, Chester would eventually meet Sheila L. Walker, a descendant of African-American victims of the Massacre.

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

Austin Channing Brown

This book is a powerful account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words. Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice, in stories that bear witness to the complexity of America's social fabric—from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations.

1619 Podcast by The New York Times

Hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones

This podcast is part of the 1619 Project, which examines the legacy of slavery in the US.

Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God

Kelly Brown Douglas

This book examines the myths and narratives underlying a “stand-your-ground” culture, taking seriously the social as well as the theological questions raised by the killing of black bodies.

How To Be An Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

The author asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science—including the story of his own awakening to antiracism—bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form.

Stamped from the Beginning

Ibram X. Kendi

In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. In shedding much-needed light on the murky history of racist ideas, this book offers us the tools we need to expose them—and in the process, gives us reason to hope.

Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in in United States History and Life

David Billings

Deep Denial, part popular history and part personal memoir, documents the 400-year racialization of the United States and how people of European descent came to be called white. A master storyteller, Billings starts each chapter with a disarming and intimate vignette from his personal life, beginning with his white, working-class boyhood in Mississippi and Arkansas. He then situates these telling moments in a broader historical context that will be new and disturbing to many readers.

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

Robin DiAngelo

White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These include emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. This book explicates the dynamics of White Fragility and how we might build our capacity in the on-going work towards racial justice.


This film by director Ava Duvernay explores the "intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States;" it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1865, which abolished slavery throughout the United States and ended involuntary servitude except as a punishment for conviction.

Becoming Beloved Community

A comprehensive vision and growing set of resources for Episcopalians working toward racial healing, reconciliation and justice. It includes the Beloved Community Story Sharing, a guide for sharing stories of faith, race and difference.