Anti-Racist Christmas

The year 2020 has opened our eyes to many things including our interconnectedness and the racial injustice of our nation. In response the Kirk's Anti-Racism Team is working to educate ourselves, our congregation and our wider community on racial injustice so that we can together dismantle it within ourselves and our systems. This year we are offering ideas for Christmas, ways you can live into this holiday season engaging your commitments to be anti-racist individuals and build anti-racists communities.

Places to Shop

This Advent, consider doing your shopping with a business owned by people of color. The following links are ideas of places and ways to shop mindfully.

  • Fashion, beauty, children, home, art, food and drink, health and fitness, more. Click HERE
  • This website bills itself as “your trusted source for all things black globally.”  Hundreds of stores. Click HERE
  • Shopping local?  Here’s a list of 400+ black-owned businesses to support. Click HERE
  • Toys, games, clothing, baby items, more. Click HERE
  • Target does a good job of offering several Black-owned or founded brands. Click HERE

Recommended Reading List

Beloved by Toni Morrison. Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding New York Times bestseller transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. 

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015) Black national correspondent for The Atlantic offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis of racism, told through letters to his son.

Black Friend: Being a Better White Person by Frederick Joseph. Writing from the perspective of a friend, Frederick Joseph offers candid reflections on his own experiences with racism and conversations with prominent artists and activists about theirs—creating an essential read for white people who are committed anti-racists and those newly come to the cause of racial justice.  Also recommended for teen readers.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou Memoir by a renowned Black writer and poet from her childhood into her adult life.

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, this novel brings to life a Southern love story.

White Too Long: The History of White Supremacy in American Christianity by Edward Jones A provocative examination of the unholy relationship between American Christianity and white supremacy; an urgent call for white Christians to reckon with this legacy for the sake of themselves and the nation.

Books for Children:

  • New Shoes by Susan Lynn Meyer
  • Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue and Corinne J. Naden
  • Night Boat to Freedom by Margot Theis Raven
  • Freedom over me by Ashley Bryan
  • Life on a Plantation by Bobbie Kalman
  • Circle Unbroken by Margot Theis Raven
  • The Beatitudes from Slavery to Civil Rights by Carole Boston Weatherford

For a list of more books, as well as podcasts and films, please click HERE.

Learning activities for adults and for adults to do with children

  • This link goes to a list of articles and resources for families that aims to provide inclusive understanding of religious holidays celebrations. Click HERE
  • These two links give ideas and activities for learning about Kwanza. Click HERE and HERE