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Black History Month 2021 – Recommended Books for Christian Readers

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February is Black History Month…

For those of us who are not people of color, Black History Month 2021 should serve as a reminder of how much we have yet to learn about the horrors of racism in our country. This learning, of course, shouldn’t be limited to this one month of the year, but should spread throughout the whole year.

Here is a list of recommended books of a variety of genres (history, biography, poetry, theology, more) from the last couple of years. You might consider reading one or more of these books during February (or in the coming months)… 

*** ALSO, Don’t miss our
Antiracism Reading Guide for Christians

Black History Month 2021

How to Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey Toward Racial Justice 

Jemar Tisby

(If you haven’t read Tisby’s previous book, The Color of Compromise, which was our 2019 Book of the Year, please take the time to read it this month. It is essential reading on faith, race, and history in the United States.)

Racism is pervasive in today’s world, and many are complicit in the failure to confront its evils. Jemar Tisby, author of the award-winning The Color of Compromise, believes we need to move beyond mere discussions about racism and begin equipping people with the practical tools to fight against it.

How to Fight Racism is a handbook for pursuing racial justice with hands-on suggestions bolstered by real-world examples of change. Tisby offers an array of actionable items to confront racism in our relationships and in everyday life through a simple framework–the A.R.C. Of Racial Justice–that helps readers consistently interrogate their own actions and maintain a consistent posture of anti-racist action. This book is for anyone who believes it is time to stop compromising with racism and courageously confront it.

Tisby roots the ultimate solution to racism in the Christian faith as we embrace the implications of what Jesus taught his followers. Beginning in the church, he provides an opportunity to be part of the solution and suggests that the application of these principles can offer us hope that will transform our nation and the world. Tisby encourages us to reject passivity and become active participants in the struggle for human dignity across racial and ethnic lines. Readers of the book will come away with a clear model for how to think about race in productive ways and a compelling call to dismantle a social hierarchy long stratified by skin color.

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