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This research guide highlights books promoting diversity purchased with the 2019 Excellence in Diversity Award monetary prize.

Resources on Diversity

This research guide highlights books and other resources that promote diversity and address discrimination. All books are part of the collection at Ryan Library and are available for borrowing. Ryan Library is committed to laboring alongside the university in its work to support and sustain diversity and fully supports PLNU's Statement of Inclusivity and Commitment to Anti-Racism, which states:

"As a Christian community shaped by grace, truth, and holiness as a way of life, Point Loma Nazarene University is committed to pursue and reflect the diversity, inclusion, and equity of the kingdom of God portrayed in scripture."

Read the full statement here

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Book Display Highlights

Roadmap to Reconciliation by Brenda Salter McNeil

The Force of Non-Violence by Judith Butler

Prophetic Lament: A call for justice in troubled times by Soong-Chan Rah

Embrace God's Radical Shalom for a Divided World

Embrace God's Radical Shalom for a Divided World by Leroy Barber

Microaggressions in Ministry by Cody J Sanders

Aliens in the Promised Land edited by Anthony B. Bradley

Disunity in Christ by Christena Cleveland

The Beginning of Difference: Discovering Identity in God's Diverse World by Theodore Hiebert

Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith by Mae Elise Cannon, Lisa Sharon Harper, Troy Jackson, and Soong-Chan Rah

Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Black and White in Christian America by Jason E. Shelton and Michael o. Emerson

Critical Race Theory

Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence by Judith Butler

White Out: Understanding White Privilege and Dominance in the Modern Age by Christopher S. Collins and Alexander Jun

The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America in Michael Eric Dyson

What Truth Sounds Like by Michael Eric Dyson

Racial Formation in the United States by Michael Omi and Howard Winant

Black in America by Enobong Hannah Branch and Christina Jackson

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

How to Read a Protest by L. A. Kauffman

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis

At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance---A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Danielle L. McGuire

Making All Black Lives Matters by Barbara Ransby

Law Enforcement in the Age of Black Lives Matter: Policing Black and Brown Bodies edited by Sandra E. Weissinger and Dwayne A. Mack

The Black Campus Movement by Ibram H. Rogers

The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Articles on Diversity

Primary Sources:

ProQuest’s Black Freedom Struggle in the United States: Challenges and Triumphs in the Pursuit of Equality provides a selection of primary sources "about the foundation of ongoing racial injustice in the U.S. – and the fights against it."

Journal Articles (these require PLNU OneLogin):

Rankine, P. (2021). Time for Anti-Racism: A Way Forward for America and Higher EducationDiverse: Issues in Higher Education37(24), 10–11.

Kempf, A. (2020). If We Are Going to Talk About Implicit Race Bias, We Need to Talk About Structural Racism: Moving Beyond Ubiquity and Inevitability in Teaching and Learning About RaceTaboo: The Journal of Culture & Education19(2), 115–132.

Credo Reference: Topics Related to African American Studies, Civil Rights and Activism

Books in the Collection

Books highlighted here cover race, discrimination, gender, and discrimination within the LGBTQ+ community. To borrow one of these books, look for the call # below the book's cover image.

1619 Project from The New York Times

The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative. 

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Credo Reference: Topics Related to People within African American Studies