Commission on Religion and Race

Welcome to the Conference Commission on Religion and Race. This team is led by Diana Volere, dvolere@gmail.com. For Religion and Race information church-wide, visit the General Commission on Religion and Race at www.gcorr.org. If you are interested in serving or learning more about what the role of Religion and Race is within the Desert Southwest Conference, please contact Diana, or staff person Billie Fidlin at the Conference office: 602.266.6956 ext. 221 or bfidlin@dscucm.org.

Media Recommendations - Books and Movies/Videos

Books:

Blood Done Sign My Name ~ by Timothy Tyson

When he was but 10 years old, Tim Tyson heard one of his boyhood friends in Oxford, N.C. excitedly blurt the words that were to forever change his life: "Daddy and Roger and 'em shot 'em a nigger!" The cold-blooded street murder of young Henry Marrow by an ambitious, hot-tempered local businessman and his kin in the Spring of 1970 would quickly fan the long-flickering flames of racial discord in the proud, insular tobacco town into explosions of rage and street violence. It would also turn the white Tyson down a long, troubled reconciliation with his Southern roots that eventually led to a professorship in African-American studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison--and this profoundly moving, if deeply troubling personal meditation on the true costs of America's historical racial divide. Taking its title from a traditional African-American spiritual, Tyson skillfully interweaves insightful autobiography (his father was the town's anti-segregationist Methodist minister, and a man whose conscience and human decency greatly informs the son) with a painstakingly nuanced historical analysis that underscores how little really changed in the years and decades after the Civil Rights Act of 1965 supposedly ended racial segregation. The details are often chilling: Oxford simply closed its public recreation facilities rather than integrate them; Marrow's accused murderers were publicly condemned, yet acquitted; the very town's newspaper records of the events--and indeed the author's later account for his graduate thesis--mysteriously removed from local public records. But Tyson's own impassioned personal history lessons here won't be denied; they're painful, yet necessary reminders of a poisonous American racial legacy that's so often been casually rewritten--and too easily carried forward into yet another century by politicians eagerly employing the cynical, so-called "Southern Strategy." --Jerry McCulley - posted on Amazon.com

Not to People Like Us (domestic violence) by Susan Weitzman

The Nine Parts of Desire (honor killings)

Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario

Movies/Videos:

The Color of Fear

Snow Falling on Cedars

Smoke Signals

Crash

Get on the Bus

Thunderheart

Incident at Oglala