Racial Equity Resources

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, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, with questions or suggested resources to add to this library.


Tools for Collaborative Discussion

Books that Lutheran Services in America Members are Reading

  • Cassia IDEAL Resource Library
  • 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

Other Resources