Renewing Our Mission at First Congregational Church of Webster Groves

Year of Renewal - A churchwide mission to learn, explore and partner. Issues that pertain to white privilege & racismAs part of our journey into our Year of Renewal, we have collected a large selection of books for our library here at the First Congregational Church of Webster Groves that address the issues of white privilege & racism. Our collection includes non-fictional as well as fictional books for adults as well as  youth and young children

In March 2016 the Congregation voted to approve a process that would direct them into the troubled waters of racial disparity. By the time the application was being completed, discussion had focused on developing opportunities for understanding the roots of racism, how we may be unsuspectingly complicit in perpetuating it, and what actions to prevent it might actually bear fruit. Click here for more information about our journey.

Non-Fictional Books that Address White Privilege & Racism

  • A Pictorial History of the Negro in America – Langston Hughes
  • A Song of Faith and Hope – Frankie Freeman
  • A Treasure of Hope – Martin Luther King
  • Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Colin Powell – My American Journey – Colin Powell
  • Color of Water – James McBride
  • Dr. George Washington Carver – Shirley Graham
  • Ferguson and Faith – Leah Gunning Francis
  • Fulfilling the Dream – Confronting the Challenge of Racism – R. Branding
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  • Life on the Color Line – G. H. Williams
  • Lift Every Voice – St. Louis African Americans in the 20 Century – D. Wesley
  • Mom & Me – Maya Angelou
  • No Future Without Forgiveness – Desmond Tutu
  • Waking Up White – Debby Irving
  • Olivia’s Story – Jeffery Copeland
  • Roots – Alex Haley
  • The Anti-Racist Cookbook – Robin Parker & Pam Chambers
  • The Audacity of Hope – Barack Obama
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X – As told to Alex Haley
  • The Cross and the Lynching Tree – James Cone
  • The House at Sugar Beach – Helene Cooper
  • The Immortal Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
  • The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander
  • Understanding White Privilege – Frances E. Kendall
  • White Like Me – Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son – Tim Wise
  • White Rage – Carole Anderson
  • Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race – Shelly Tochluk

Fictional Books that Address White Privilege & Racism

  • Five Smooth Stones – Ann Fairbairn
  • Mama Flora’s Family – Alex Haley & Dr. Stevens
  • Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
  • The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  • The Help – Kathryn Stockett
  • The Invention of Wings – Sue Monk

Junior Books that Address White Privilege & Racism

  • A Long Walk to Water – Linda Park
  • All the Colors on the Race – Arnold Dolff
  • Amos Fortune Freeman – E. Yates
  • Brown Girl Dreaming – J. Woodsor
  • Crossroads – Kwame Alexander
  • Flight to Freedom – Henrietta Buckmaster
  • Keena Ford – M. Thomson
  • Langston Hughs – M. Meltzere
  • Martin Luther King Jr. – Don McKee
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. – A photographic Story of a Life – Amy Pastari
  • Sojourner Truth – Self Made Woman – J. Ortiz
  • Taking Flight – Michaela DePrince
  • The Skin I’m In – S. G. Flake
  • To Be Young and Gifted – L. Hansberry
  • What Was the Underground Railroad? – Yona McDonough


Primary Books that Address White Privilege and Racism

  • A Dance in the Starlight – Kristy Dempsey
  • Black Is Brown Is Tan – Landon Lindley
  • Colors From God….Just Like Me – C. Forche
  • Firebird – Misty Copeland
  • Gifts of Our People – P. George
  • Martin’s Big Words – D. Rappaport
  • Meet Martin Luther King Jr. – James Dekay
  • Nathaniel Talking – E. Greenfield
  • Psalm 23
  • Rosa Parks – E. Greenfield
  • Sojourner Truth – Voice of Freedom – K. Kudlinski
  • Vision of Beauty – Story of Sarah Breedlove – Walker K. Lasky
  • Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree – Wm. Miller