In Advent, we began reading and discussing Elle Dowd's book Baptized in Tear Gas: From White Moderate to Abolitionist with our friends at the Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community. In the book, she recommends that white readers commit to reading only Black voices for a period of time and amplify them on social media. At one of our sessions, we crowdsourced a list of Black thinkers to follow which is curated below.
Why not start off this new year with some fresh voices in your feed and some new books on your shelf?
IG: @1hoodmedia FB: @1HoodMedia TW: @1hood
The mission of Pittsburgh-based 1Hood Media is to build liberated communities through art, education, and social justice. They recently launched www.blackpittsburgh.com to center news by and for Black Pittsburghers.
Black Liturgies / Cole Arthur Riley
IG: @blackliturgies FB: @blackliturgist TW: @blackliturgist
Cole Arthur Riley is a writer, liturgist, speaker seeking a deeply contemplative life marked by embodiment and emotion. She is the founder and writer of Black Liturgies, a project seeking to integrate concepts of dignity, lament, rage, justice, rest, and liberation with the practice of written prayer.
Adrienne Maree Brown
IG: @adriennemareebrown FB: @adriennemaree TW: @adriennemaree
Adrienne is the author of Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation, We Will Not Cancel Us and Other Dreams of Transformative Justice, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, and Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds. She is also the co-editor of the anthology Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements with Walidah Imarisha.
Won the National Book Award for Between the World and Me. Wrote for the Black Panther and Captain America comic book series.
Black liberation theologian and author of The Cross and the Lynching Tree.
Justice for Jim Jim
This account is run by the family and supporters of Jim Rogers, a Black, homeless man who was killed by Pittsburgh Police in October 2021.
Kaba is an organizer, educator and curator whose work focuses on ending violence, dismantling the prison industrial complex, transformative justice and supporting youth leadership development.
IG: @esaumccauleey FB: @esau.mccaulley TW: @esaumccauleey
McCaully is an assistant professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. His research and writing focus on Pauline theology and the intersection of race, Christian identity, and the pursuit of justice.
IG: resmaamenakem FB: resmaa TW: ResmaaMenakem
Somatic Abolitionism is a living, embodied Anti-Racism practice and culture building that requires endurance, agility, resource cultivation, stamina, discernment, self and communal discipline cultivation, embodied racial literacy and humility.
The Nap Ministry / Tricia Hersey
IG: @thenapministry FB: @Thenapministry TW: @TheNapMinistry
The “REST IS RESISTANCE” framework and practice engages with the power of performance art, site-specific installations, and community organizing to install sacred and safe spaces for the community to rest together. Immersive workshops and performance art examines rest as a radical tool for community healing. Rest is a form of resistance and sleep deprivation is a racial and social justice issue.
Bree Newsome is an activist. After the Charleston church shooting, she was arrested after scaling the flagpole at the South Carolina state house to remove the Confederate flag "in the name of Jesus."
Layla F Saad
Layla Saad is an author, speaker & teacher on the topics of race, identity, leadership, personal transformation & social change.
Unfit Christian / D. Danyelle Thomas
IG: @unfitchristian FB: @unfitchristian TW: @UnfitChristian
Unfit Christian is a digital platform for progressive faith at the intersections of gender, class, sexuality, and race that equips people to challenge the status quo with tough questions and critical thought concerning religion and church.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple.