Reconciliation Reading for Black History Month

woman-with-books150x190.jpgMore Than Equals, co-authored by Chris Rice and the late Spencer Perkins, is considered one of the pivotal books in the Christian racial reconciliation movement that found its greatest momentum in the early and mid 1990s. My husband and I used it for many years in supper club book discussions, and numerous churches and ministries around the nation found it to be an indispensable resource. Against the backdrop of the story of Spencer and Chris’s interracial friendship and evolving ministry during the late 1980s and early ’90s in Jackson, Mississippi, the book covers the definitions of racism in America, white privilege, white blinders, and black rage. A 1994 winner of the Christianity Today Book Award, it’s one of my all-time favorite books on the issue of race, faith, and cross-cultural ministry.

The early ’90s yielded a flood of racial reconciliation books and articles thanks, in part, to Rodney King’s now legendary question: “Can we all get along?” But over the years a host of other books have been written on the subject of reconciliation and social justice in the context of Christian faith. In honor of Black History Month, here is a small sampling of important titles. Please feel free to add your own favorites to the list in the comment box below.


Shoshana Johnson: American Hero

I'm Still StandingYou probably remember Jessica Lynch’s story of being famously captured as a prisoner of war during the early stages of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The media certainly played it up as an inspirational story of a young, blonde, female hero. But do you remember Shoshana Johnson’s equally harrowing story? Johnson, the first black female prisoner of war, has a new book out titled I’m Still Standing: From Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen — My Journey Home.

According to AOL’s BlackVoices, Johnson was shot in both ankles as her U.S. Army convoy wandered into the city of Nasiriyah, touching off a violent skirmish that left 11 U.S. soldiers dead and six abducted and held captive, including Johnson and her friend, Jessica Lynch.