I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. - John 13:34
Since Sawyerville began in 1993, one of our three goals has been to improve race relations in Alabama. We teach our campers, students, and staff to love one another with no exceptions, as Jesus loves us, and to respect the dignity of every human being, as our Baptismal Covenant requires.
This webpage will serve as a collection point for resources on race that we've created or that have inspired us. We will continue to examine the way that we work towards our goal of improving race relations in Alabama, and we welcome your feedback on how we can improve.
Breanna Mitchell, Sawyerville's Summer Learning Coordinator, has launched a blog series called The Brave Space. Here, Breanna will share books she's reading, movies she's watching, and conversations she's having about race. This series invites us into a brave space where we can learn what life is like for others across racial lines.
Over the summer, the Sawyerville interns hosted four panel discussions on race relations. They gathered college students and interns, clergy, high school students, and community leaders. Click the images below to view videos of the panel discussions on our YouTube channel.
This list is a work in progress. Have a resource you think we should add? Email Claire Cotten at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates
"White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism" by Robin DiAngelo
"How to Be An Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi
"Stamped from the Beginning: the Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America" by Ibram X. Kendi
"Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson
"Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You" by Ibram X. Kendi
"Just Mercy: Adapted for Young Adults" by Bryan Stevenson