Teaching Justice

Teaching Justice: Resources for the Times

Resources for teaching toward respect, community building, compassion, belonging and away from the violences of racism, white supremacy, dehumanization and inequity.

Listed below are a few resources culled from the Wabash Center Resources Collection to support teachers challenged by this movement.

Resources associated with Wabash Center AAR & SBL sessions on teaching.

The Wabash Center Journal On Teaching

Selected Resources From The Wabash Center Syllabus Collection


How to be anti-racist: Speak out in your own circles features quotes by Jennifer Harvey, Wabash Center Symposium leader. 


Change Agent Church in Black Lives Matter Times: Urgency for Action by Valerie A. Miles-Tribble.  Volatile social dissonance in America’s urban landscape is the backdrop as Valerie A. Miles-Tribble examines tensions in ecclesiology and public theology, focusing on theoethical dilemmas that complicate churches’ public justice witness as prophetic change agents. She attributes churches’ reticence to confront unjust disparities to conflicting views, for example, of Black Lives Matter protests as “mere politics,” and disparities in leader and congregant preparation for public justice roles. As a practical theologian with experience in organizational leadership, Miles-Tribble applies adaptive change theory, public justice theory, and a womanist communitarian perspective, engaging Emilie Townes’s construct of cultural evil as she presents a model of social reform activism re-envisioned as public discipleship. She contends that urban churches are urgently needed to embrace active prophetic roles and thus increase public justice witness. “Black Lives Matter times” compel churches to connect faith with public roles as spiritual catalysts of change.


The trilogy also addresses how to respond to microaggressions. Guidelines are presented for professional development, curriculum design, and training workshops, including dialogues with students and mentoring. Both institutional and individual responses are suggested that can be implemented immediately.

Down With Brown Blog. More than a Reading List: Challenging Anti-Black Racism in the Field of South Asian Religions. This guest post by the Auntylectuals asks scholars in their field–South Asian religions–to reimagine what it means to be an anti-racist scholar. While their call is to a specific academic community, we think that there is much to be learned from their post as all of us reimagine our teaching and research to become more anti-racist. You can contact the group at auntylectuals@gmail.com and find them on Twitter @auntylectuals.

Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man Series
A conversation with Emmanuel Acho about race that many white people have never been able to have.  Guests include Chip & Joanna Gaines and Matthew McConaughey. 

Join Academics for Black Survival and Wellness Week: Beginning on Juneteenth, Friday, June 19 – Thursday, June 25, 2020. A weeklong personal and professional development initiative for academics to honor the toll of racial trauma on Black people, resist anti-Blackness and white supremacy, and facilitate accountability and collective action. Sign up here.

American Psychological Association: Facing The Divide: Psychology’s Conversation On Race and Health. Facing the Divide is a video series designed to bring psychological science to the conversation regarding the connections among race, racism and health. As experts on human behavior, psychologists have a unique perspective that can inform critical analysis of race relations. We can help you to facilitate constructive dialogues around race in the classroom or workplace. Healthy dialogue is necessary to face and eventually bridge the nation’s racial divide.

Selected Films & Documentaries

Crime + Punishment
Do Not Resist
Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap
Fruitvale Station
Green Book
I Am Not Your Negro
Just Mercy
LA 92
Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982–1992
Let the Fire Burn
Malcolm X
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
The Force
True Justice
When They See Us
Whose Streets?

updated 03-09-2021

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