Jana Johnson Healing Works

"Spirituality is a calling of responsibility to each other and to our world. It is a calling to act and not just reflect, to engage and not just contemplate." David Spangler


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racial healing and reconciliation resources

This is a page in progress as I am still learning. As I know more, I will share more. I offer these resources for your own exploration. I am looking for the best ways to be involved in permanent change with my skills and knowledge. I encourage you to do the same. Due to my origin, much of this is USA focused but not all.

The list has been compiled from a variety of sources, many of whom claim their information was milled from other sources. I present these to help point others to knowledge, not as the fruit of my efforts. There are varying opinions on the below. Reading and watching some of the below can be very uncomfortable. I encourage you to tolerate the discomfort, feel it in your body, work it through your mind and come through it a more compassionate, knowledgeable and activated human being. I have not personally researched every piece. Take what resonates for you and also be aware that the mind can only process so much at a time. Do you take in more information visually, auditorily, through reading? Start with that format so you can begin to understand new language, new ideas and then venture out from there.

FILMS, TV SHOWS

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix

  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix

  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Netflix

  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu

  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO

  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix

  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent

  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent

  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax

  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

VIDEOS:

PODCASTS:

Resources for white parents to raise anti-racist children:

Books:

Podcasts:

Articles:

Organizations to follow on social media:

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS:

  • ACLU Racial Justice Program: "aims to preserve and extend constitutionally guaranteed rights to people who have historically been denied their rights on the basis of race."  

  • https://www.aclu.org/issues/racial-justice

  • Center for Racial Justice in Education – The Center for Racial Justice in Education’s mission is to train and empower educators to dismantle patterns of racism and injustice in our schools and communities. At the Center for Racial Justice in Education, we envision a world where all young people learn and thrive in racially equitable, liberating, and empowering educational spaces.

  • https://centerracialjustice.org/resources/

  • The James Patterson Racial Healing & Reconciliation Circle is an Tounché initiative creating a sacred space for healing of the conscious and unconscious (language, beliefs, bias, traumas, etc.) perpetuating institutionalized racism. It’s a place of introspection & reflection, learning about the other, dialogue, truth telling, sacred witnessing, healing, transformation and reconnection. They are conducting open Circles on Saturdays via zoom.

  • https://www.tounche.com/racial-healing

PEOPLE TO FOLLOW:

  • Thomas Chatterton Williams- cultural critic and writer on race, identity and cancel culture  Facebook Instagram

  • Rachel Cargle - a public academic, writer, and lecturer. Her activism and academic work are rooted in providing intellectual discourse, tools, and resources that explore the intersection of race and womanhood. Facebook Instagram

  • Brittany Packnett Cunningham -Activist, Educator, Writer. Instagram Facebook

  • Ericka Hines - a consultant, advisor, strategist, curriculum designer, and senior trainer who works with organizations to do two things: use diversity to their advantage and leverage leadership across levels.  Facebook Instagram

  • Shaun King - journalist, humanitarian, activist, columnist for The Intercept and the Writer-In-Residence at Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project, Facebook Instagram

There are many other people who are speaking out and sharing information right now. Hopefully by following some of these you will learn of others as well. 

ARTICLES:

LITERATURE:

Anti-Racist Starter Kit:

  • Caste - Isabel Wilkerson

  • Stamped from the Beginning - Ibram X Kendi

  • A People's History of the United States - Howard Zinn (There is a "young people's" version for elementary and middle school readers)

  • So you want to talk about race - Ijeoma Oluo

  • I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness - Austin Channing Brown

  • Me and White Supremacy - Layla F Saad

  • Stamped - Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

Anti-Racist Intermediate Kit:

  • The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America - Anders Walker

  • The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander

  • The Condemnation of Blackness - Khalil Gibran

  • Muhammad Dying of Whiteness - Jonathan Metzl

  • A Different Mirror - Ronald Takaki

  • How to be an AntiRacist - Ibram X Kendi

  • How the South Won the Civil War - Heather Cox Richardson

Anti-Racist Topic Specifics:

  • Evicted - Matthew Desmond

  • Nobody - Marc Lamont Hill

  • Lies My Teacher Told Me - James W Loewen

  • Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria - Berver Doniel Tatum, PhD

  • The Color of Law - Richard Rothstein

  • Blackballed - Darryl Pinkney

  • Lies My Teacher Told Me - James W. Loewen

Anti-Racist Lit; Bios, Non-fiction, novels, personal narratives:

  • The Warmth of Other Sons - Isabel Wilkerson

  • The Fire Next time - James Baldwin

  • Malcolm X - Alex Haley

  • Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Killing Rage Ending Racism - Bell Hooks

  • Becoming - Michelle Obama

  • An American By Marriage - Tayari Jones

  • A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota - The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother - James McBride

  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption - Bryan Stevenson

  • The Myth Of Race - Robert Sussman

Anti-Racist Lit - Black Feminism:

  • How we Get Free - Keeanga-Yamhtta Taylor

  • Black Feminist Thought - Patricia Hill Collins

  • Ain't I a Woman Black Women and Feminism - Bell Hooks

  • Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay

  • Eloquent Rage - Brittney Cooper

  • In Search of Our Mothers Gardens - Alice Walker

  • Sister Outsider - Audre Lorde

  • Women Race & Class - Angela Y Davis

  • Assata: An Autobiography - Assata Shakur

  • To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe - Akwugo Emejulu and Francesca Sobande

Anti Racist List Black LGBTQ+:

  • Giovanni's Room - James Baldwin

  • Zami - Audre Lorde

  • Real Life - Brandon Taylor

  • Unapologetic A black, queer, and feminist Mandate for Radical Movements - Charlene A Carruthers

  • No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies - E. Patrick Johnson

  • Since I Laid My Burden Down - Brontez Purnell

  • The Other Side of Paradise - Staceyann Chin

  • No Ashes in the Fire - Darnell L. Moore

  • The Summer We Got Free - Mia McKenzie

  • Black Like Me - John Howard Griffin

  • Rising Out of Hatred - Eli Saslow

  • Black On Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identiy - C. Riley Snorton