The Racial Justice Committee was formed in response to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s call for Episcopalians to foster Beloved Communities “where all people may experience dignity and abundant life and see themselves and others as beloved children of God.” Committee members meet monthly, seek to prayerfully share their growing understanding of racial inequity, and look for ways to bring about racial justice in themselves, the church community and society. We also share resources with the church community and sponsor events such as films, book discussions and expert presentations on racism.

Christ the King has declared that it is “seeking to become an anti-racist parish.” An antiracist, according to author Ibram Kendi, is “One who is expressing the idea that racial groups are equals and none needs developing, and is supporting policy that reduces racial inequality.”

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Ibram X Kendi How to be an Antiracist Zoom – Transcript of October 22nd, 2019 Conversation sponsored by the AntiRacism Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of New York

Just Mercy, a 2019 film that depicts the path that trial lawyer Bryan Stevenson blazed to overturn the murder conviction of a falsely accused inmate on death row. The film brings out aspects of the inhumane disregard toward due process that happens in our country and ruins many people’s lives.—Jeanne McGough

When They See Us, a 2019 Netflix miniseries by Ava DuVernay, about the Central Park Jogger 5, who were young African-American males (mostly under 16 years) wrongly convicted of brutally raping a woman in 1989. They were all exonerated in 2002. I remembered this case from when it was in the news, and this series shines light on facts that I never saw.—Jeanne McGough

13th is a 2016 documentary by director DuVernay that lays out the path leading from the 1865 Constitutional Amendment abolishing American slavery to the mass incarceration of African-Americans today. It offers intelligent insight into the language that has been legally codified to subject people of color to a different set of laws than the average white citizen.—Jeanne McGough

White Fragility Lecture by Robin DiAngelo: This eye-opening talk by the author of the book White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism explains how White people’s defensiveness about racial issues—because of the idea that racism is committed by evil people, rather than being a system that we inhabit—unconsciously perpetuates racism. —Bob McGough

How It Feels To Be Free is a powerful beautiful tough truth telling documentary about Black women in the entertainment industry, and of course, about racism, the obstacles and the courage and ingenuity it took to take on those challenges. Great film footage – well known scenes with added commentary, new perspectives on the classics and a lot of footage that is new to me. Lacey Schwartz Delgado, who is U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado’s wife, is one of the producers. —Zoe Moffitt

Other Movie Recommendations

Amazing Grace   2006
Amistad   1997
BlacKkKlansman  2018
Blazing Saddles   1974
Boyz n the Hood   1991
The Butler   2013
Crash   2004
The Defiant Ones   1958
Do the Right Thing   1989
Get Out   2017
Ghosts of Mississippi   1996
Glory   1989
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner   1967
The Help   2011
In the Heat of the Night   1967
Mississippi Burning   1988
A Patch of Blue   1965
Pinky   1949
Show Boat   1929, 1936, 1951

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