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    Racial competency resources

    As we seek to foster empathy for others, it is helpful to understand their background and experiences. Here is a list of resources compiled by Encompass Therapist Jordan Kamwesa, LPC. We invite you to keep listening and learning with a humble, teachable heart as you grow in your knowledge of black culture, history and trauma. Some voices/teachers listed below may resonate with you more than others. Consider following them on social media or through a podcast. The work toward healing is ongoing and including more voices into our routine will help us all continue to grow.


    1. Just Mercy

    2. Selma

    3. Harriet

    4. Fruitvale Station

    5. The Hate you Give

    6. Hidden Figures

    7. When They See Us

    8. 12 Years a Slave

    9. If Beale Street Could Talk

    10. The Color Purple

    11. Remember the Titans


    1. 13th: From Slave to Criminal With One Amendment

    2. The Innocence Files

    3. Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992

    4. The Central Park Five

    5. Strong Island

    6. I Am Not Your Negro

    7. 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets

    8. Maya Angelou, And Still I Rise

    9. Dispatches from Cleveland

    10. Hoop Dreams

    11. 4 Little Girls

    12. Dark Girls

    13. True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality


    1. “Be the Bridge” by Latasha Morrison

    2. “How to be Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi

    3. “White Fragility” by Robin Diangelo

    4. “I’m Still Here” by Austin Channing Brown

    5. “Many Colors” by Soong-Chan Rah

    6. “Prophetic Lament” by Soong-Chan Rah

    7. “Unsettling Truths” by Soong-Chan Rah

    8. “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    9. “The Elusive Dream” by Dr. Korie L. Edwards

    10. “Let Justice Roll Down” by John M. Perkins

    11. “The Upside-Down Kingdom” by Donald B. Kraybill

    12. “The Color of Compromise” by Jemar Tisby

    13. “12 Years a Slave” by Solomon Northrup

    14. “The Hate you Give” by Angie Thomas

    15. “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly

    These resources share experiences of injustice and trauma in the lives of black people from throughout history including events in our lifetimes. You’ll find many of these resources are accessible through your local library. Others may be viewed through a variety of retailers. Thank you for your willingness to develop your cultural competency. As you review these materials, prayerfully consider what your next right step toward restoration and reconciliation might be and then be brave to complete it.

    In closing, here are the words of Latasha Morrison from her book, “Be the Bridge:” “In the love of the family of God, we must become color brave, color caring, color honoring, and not color blind. We have to recognize the image of God in one another. We have to love despite, and even because of, our differences.”


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