Anti-Racism & Black Lives Matter Resources

References & Resources

These are some resources that the First Parish Social Justice Task Force has collected on various topics including Black Lives Matter, diversity, and anti-racism. Read a couple of articles or watch a quick video, or dive deeper into some of the books, movies, and podcasts listed below. We invite you to check out the minority-owned businesses, eat at the restaurants, and patronize the shops and services.

We at First Parish are called by conscience and faith to fight for justice; follow the links below to learn more about the history of Unitarian Universalist engagement with anti-racist movements, explore statements of our faith’s collective commitment, read articles by UUs, and listen to (or read) our Ware Lectures, including the Ware Lecture given by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1966.

First Parish is also working with organizations to engage with anti-racist programs and to offer direct support for Black- and minority-owned businesses and non-profits. In particular, we are supporting two organizations that help local teenagers: the Boston Teen Police Academy and No Books, No Ball. Learn more about our support on our Social Justice web page.

These resources are not static and will continue to be updated and refined. This list is just a start– we encourage our members, friends, and community members to learn more about race, the impact it has had on our country and our individual lives, and consider how we can work together to dismantle systems of inequality.

Books

We have purposefully included links to independent booksellers: Frugal Bookstore (Boston’s only black-owned bookstore) and the UUA Bookstore. If you can’t find a book on the Frugal Bookstore website (whether an item from this list or your summer beach read), they are happy to order it for you – call them at 617-541-1722 or send them an email.

**  = denotes books that are available to borrow from the First Parish Library.

Movies, Television & Video

Articles

Podcasts

For Parents – Discussing Race with Children

Organizations & Non-Profits

Boston Area Minority-Owned Businesses

  • A Running List of Black-Owned Businesses in Greater Boston (Boston.com)
  • Frugal Bookstore is a community bookstore in Roxbury and Boston’s only Black-owned bookstore.
  • Cleartech Group – Named a 2020 minority-owned small business of the year by the Boston SBA, this organization specializes in providing technical assistance to small- and medium-sized businesses.
  • Reconciled Business Services LLC – Founded by accountant and tax strategist Rebecca Merzius, this Waltham-based group offers accounting services to individuals and businesses.
  • Grace Cleaning Co. is a cleaning service for residents in Greater Boston.
  • Spa Paula B. in Newton offers facials, microdermabrasion, eyebrow threading, and more.
  • Fawn Over Me is the online shop for baby products (and now masks) created by Christine Brown in Worcester.
  • Haley House Bakery Cafe
  • Bistro 781 – an upscale-casual bistro on Moody Street in Waltham is a local favorite for its fun bar program, Sunday brunch, and seasonal dishes.
  • French Press Bakery & Cafe – A traditional French patisserie with pastries, brioche, and cakes, as well as sandwiches & tartines. They roast their own coffee and import tea blends from France.
  • Karibu – Another Waltham restaurant, this time featuring East African specialties, including luwombo (seasoned, grilled meat or fish steamed in a banana leaf and served with chapati bread); mandazi (fried breads, similar to doughnuts); and other spicy stews or crispy samosas.
  • Nzuko – This Framingham restaurant features global flavors based in Haitian and African flavors and made with organic ingredients (including plenty of vegan and gluten-free options).

Unitarian Universalist Organizations

  • U.U. Urban Ministry – First Parish has a long history of being a member congregation and sponsor for the U.U. Urban Ministry.
  • BLUU (Black Lives of UU) – “provides information, resources, and support for Black Unitarian Universalists and works to expand the role & visibility of Black UUs within our faith.”
  • U.U. Mass Action – “Our mission is to connect the 140 Unitarian Universalist congregations and 20,000 members, to “work smarter, not harder” for social justice by sharing ideas and joining forces to raise our compassionate voice in Massachusetts.”
  • Allies for Racial Equity – ARE’s mission is to build an “antiracist movement of white Unitarian Universalists working to understand whiteness and privilege, unlearn and challenge white supremacy, and confront racism in ways that are accountable to communities of color.”
  • Side With Love Racial Justice Campaigns – An interfaith public advocacy campaign promoting respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and “harnessing love’s power to challenge exclusion, oppression, and violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, race, religion, or any other identity.”

Unitarian Universalist Statements, Lectures, & Articles

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY WARE LECTURE

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) invites a distinguished guest each year to address the General Assembly for what is known as the Ware Lecture. These prominent speakers have been particularly relevant for anti-racist work.

ARTICLES IN U.U. WORLD MAGAZINE

Racism In Specific Systems in Our Country

These categories were highlighted in the First Parish statement (full text here); these links and resources are continuously developed and updated.

If you have any suggestions or additions, we invite you to contact the First Parish office or the Social Justice Task Force.