We listen to our neighbors, not so we know when to speak, but to learn. This is the way to strengthen any relationship. These resources are to help us listen to and learn from our neighbors, so we might be in better love them as those created in the image of God.
Resources for Listening and Learning about Race in the United States
Movies and Videos-
Selma- This movie, based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has been used by the South Carolina Synod of the ELCA to serve as a starting point of conversation in their attempts to improve race relations between people. You can find more information on these events and other activities of their Inclusiveness Network here. The link will allow you to “rent” the movie for free for the month of June.
Just Mercy- Tells the story of Bryan Stevenson who graduates from Harvard and heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those who cannot afforded proper representation. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian, who is sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite evidence proving his innocence. In the years that follow, Stevenson encounters racism and legal and political maneuverings as he tirelessly fights for McMillian's life. This movie is also available to “rent” for free for the month of June.
A Time for Burning- This 1966 Academy Award winning documentary follows Augustana Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska as their pastor encourages them to reach out to a predominately African American Lutheran Church in another part of the city.