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Racial Justice

Coming to the Table
Organization that provides resources and a supportive environment for those wishing to address the injustices that stem from slavery.

Equal Justice Initiative
Organization dedicated to ending mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality.

Live Free, a campaign of Faith in Action
Network of congregations working to end gun violence and mass incarceration, which disproportionately affect people of color.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Civil rights organization working to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of people of color.

National Urban League
Civil rights organization that advocates for social justice and economic equality for African Americans.

Showing Up for Racial Justice
Organization working to undermine white supremacy and promote racial justice.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Racial Equity Resource Guide
Comprehensive list of grassroots, academic, and other organizations working within the field of racial equity.

“African American Catholics and the quest for racial justice”
Fr. Bryan Massingale writes in U.S. Catholic about how the Catholic faith demands a commitment to racial justice.

“Let’s be a church where Black lives matter”
Fr. Bryan Massingale writes in U.S. Catholic about how Catholics can confront racism in the United States.

Jesuit Social Research Institute
A collaboration of Loyola University New Orleans and the Society of Jesus dedicated to research and action on issues of poverty, race, and migration in the Gulf Coast.

“Catholic Social Teaching (CST) and Racism”
Fred Kammer, S.J., discusses Catholic teachings on racism.

Ignatian Solidarity Network Racial Justice Resources
A list of articles, exercises, toolkits, books, etc. addressing issues of racial justices from a Catholic, Jesuit perspective.

“Raids Across the Color Line”
Christopher Pramuk, blog by author on race relations in society and the Catholic Church.

“Black History Month: Confronting the Mixed History of the Jesuits”
Ken Homan, S.J., writes in The Jesuit Post  about the history of Jesuits and race.

#BlackCatholic Syllabus
A collection of resources on Black Catholics in the United States compiled by Dr. Tia Noelle Pratt.

Center for Racial Justice in Education
Organization dedicated to dismantling injustice and prejudice in America’s schools.

Courageous Conversations: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools
Book by Glenn Singleton explores how race impacts students’ lives and provides tools and strategies to facilitate discussions of race and racism.

Teaching Tolerance
Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center that provides free resources for educators to reduce prejudice and support children of color in America’s schools.

“Let’s Talk! Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics with Students”
Teaching Tolerance guide designed to facilitate open dialogue on racism and inequality.

The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice, by Fania E. Davis

The Little Book of Racial Healing, by Thomas Norman DeWolfe and Jodie Geddes

So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo.
Book offers an approach to having honest conversations about race and racism in contemporary U.S. life.

“How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race”
TEDx Talk by Jay Smooth.
Discussion of the difficulty of talking about race and strategies to create opportunities to talk openly.

Code Switch
NPR podcast about race and identity.

#RaceAnd video series. Race Forward.

Slavery and Jesuits

Slavery and Catholicism

“Southern veils: the sisters of Loretto in early national Kentucky”
Master’s thesis by Hannah O’Daniel

“The Nuns Who Bought and Sold Human Beings” By Rachel Swarns, New York Times.

“Religious orders owning slaves isn’t new – black Catholics have emphasized this history for years”
By Dr. Shannen Dee Williams, America Magazine.

“Facing an Uncomfortable Truth”
Kentucky Educational Television (KET) program on African Americans and the Catholic Church in Kentucky, from the role of enslaved people in the early Church to Black Catholics in Kentucky today.

Slavery and Universities

Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities
By Craig Steven Wilder

Slavery and the University: History and Legacies
Leslie Harris, James Campbell, and Alfred Brophy, editors

History of Slavery

“A Brief History of Slavery You Didn’t Learn in School,” New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project

“The History of American Slavery,” podcast episode hosted by Jamelle Bouie and Rebecca Onion, conversations with historians and writers.

Enslavement and the Underground Railroad, PBS Black History and Culture Connection.

Digital Library on American Slavery, University of North Carolina-Greensboro

Black Abolitionist Archive, University of Detroit Mercy 

Slave Voyages
Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, Intra-American Slave Trade Database, and African Names Database

Genealogy Resources

FamilySearch Center at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati, OH)

Family History Centers from FamilySearch, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (Washington D.C.)

Midwest Genealogy Center (Independence, MO)

Genealogy Research Sessions at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington D.C.)

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society

“African American Genealogy”
American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society

African American Online Genealogy Records
FamilySearch, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

4511 W. Pine Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108