race & faith
April 4, 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our civic appreciation of his contributions often omits a vital dimension of the civil rights story. Dr. King and the other early leaders were shaped and motivated by the liberating good news of Jesus Christ.
In a special curated series, Second-Ponce gave attention to the essential role of faith in this movement. Use Me God: A Church Looks at the Intersection of Race + Faith was a four-session dive into this topic, and we hope you find meaning in this resource.
Series Speakers & Session Recordings
Tap or hover over the photos below to read about our fantastic series speakers. Each of these presenters shared personal stories and historical context for the topic of race and faith.
Dr. David Hull
Amb. Andrew Young
Natosha Reid Rice
The presentations of each of our four speakers were recorded and we encourage you to watch them with family, friends or small groups. After, take some time to discuss your own experience with the intersection of race and faith.
A Closer Look at Race in the Bible with Dr. David Hull
The Role of Faith in the Civil Rights Campaign with author, Taylor Branch
Race and Faith, Then, Now and in the Future with Natosha Reid Rice
Online & Print Resources
God’s Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams and LeUyen Pham
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has a vision of God’s dream that everyone will see they are brothers and sisters. People will reach out and hold each other’s hands. And when they are angry and hurt each other, they say they’re sorry and forgive.
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? by Bonnie Bader
With clearly written text that explains this tumultuous time in history, this book celebrates the vision and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. .
Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rapport
This picture-book biography is an introduction for young readers to learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Doreen Rappaport weaves the words of Dr. King into a narrative about his life.
This Bible study from New Baptist Covenant explores the parable of the Good Samaritan in the light of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the current context of racial justice in our nation.
We are surrounded by distractions, worrying over things that will ultimately pass away and ultimately ignoring what really matters. Selmaand the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. encourage us to discern what is important in life and to keep it our main focus. And maybe, we can make a difference in the world.
Books written by Ambassador Andrew Young (available on Amazon):
Books written by Taylor Branch (available on Amazon):