Celebrating Black History Month through the written word

~Gene Fougner

Emmanuel is lucky to have Nancy Johnson exploring our congregation and making meaningful contributions to our spiritual life here. Nancy is a good source for us to learn to understand more about racial issues, having raised a multi-cultural family. She sent in a great list of good reads for Black History Month and Francie added a few too. Nancy also sent a great definition of woke: “awakened to the needs of others. To be well informed, thoughtful, compassionate, humble and kind. Eager to make the world a better place for all people.”

Sounds exactly like our call as an ELCA congregation and the purpose of our Inclusivity Team.

Won’t it be wonderful when Black History and Native American History and Jewish History and all American History is taught from one book. Just U.S. History.

~Maya Angelou

Here is a list of books for consideration for Black History Month, with links to their GoodReads.com pages:


100 African Americans Who Changed American History by Chrisanne Beckner

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South by Winfred Remebert

His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as An Exercise in Hope by Esau McCaulley

Slaves In the Family by Edward Ball

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee

Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

Any books by

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Frederick Douglass

John Lewis


The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

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