Diversity Resources


faculty & parents summer 2020 reading

 

 Fall 2020, faculty are discussing, and parents are encouraged to read, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. The authors offer an excellent perspective about why racism lingers and provide hope for the future.

From the book cover: 

A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism - and antiracism - in America.

This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.

The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited. 

Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas - and on ways listeners can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.


Student Resources

Below are some resources that may help you start these conversations, answer your children's questions, and plan with them for a hopeful tomorrow. 

Scholarship by Chief DEI Officer Dr. Brad Braxton


smithsonian online: brad braxton in conversation with dr. anthony pinn

This Smithsonian conversation and the ongoing attempt to link SLS and the Smithsonian are steps toward part of our vision for DEI, namely that SLS will contribute in creative ways to cutting-edge DEI thought leadership. In this thought leadership, we will highlight the role that religious, spiritual, and ethical traditions have played, and are playing, in fostering DEI and social justice. In the coming months, Brad Braxton will participate in other Smithsonian online programs such as this one.

Articles

June 15, 2020: Troubling the Waters: Baptism and Black Lives Matter
by Brad R. Braxton on Georgetown University's Berkley Center

June 8, 2020: Sad but Not Surprised: “A Talk to Teachers” in Times of Violence and Death by Brad R. Braxton on Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage

Letters

June 19, 2020: Emancipation Proclamation Day to Juneteenth: The Struggle Wages On by Brad R. Braxton

October 18, 2019: The Courage Quotient by Brad R. Braxton

October 4, 2019: The Two Way Street Called Love by Brad R. Braxton