The List: Anti-Racism Book (and Film) Group

The Follen Anti-Racism Book group has been reading and discussing books on the theme of race since the fall of 2015. Their reading list is an excellent resource for anyone ready to delve into this topic. There are some films mixed in as well. If you would like to learn more, you can contact Follen Responds to Racism at Or come to one of the monthly meetings on Sunday evenings.

2018/2019 Church Year

PBS American Experience: The Abolitionists

Raising White Kids  Jennifer Harvey

White Fragility Robin DiAngelo


2017/2018 Church Year

Tears We Cannot Stop Michael Eric Dyson

The Children David Halberstam

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy Ta-Nehisi Coates

Thurgood movie of play starring Laurence Fishburne

“Boston. Racism. Image. Reality.” Seven-part Boston Globe Spotlight series

Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? Beverly Daniel Tatum

Salvage the Bones Jesmyn Ward

Slavery By Another Name Douglas Blackmon

Black Walden Elise Lemire

Autobiography of Frederick Douglas


2016/2017 Church Year

Common Ground J. Anthony Lucas

The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead

13th documentary by Ava Du Vernay

Evicted Matthew Desmond

Moonlight film by Barry Jenkins and Tarell McRaney

Waking Up White Debby Irving

Anything written by James Baldwin PLUS documentary film,  I Am Not Your Negro

Stamped from the Beginning Ibram X. Kendi

Darkening the Doorways: Black Trailblazers and Missed Opportunities in Unitarian Universalism Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed


2015/2016 Church Year

Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Warmth of Other Suns Isabel Wilkerson

Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson

The New Jim Crow Michelle Alexander ( also TED talk by author )

Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North documentary by Katrina Browne

The Autobiography of Malcolm X Alex Haley

America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America Jim Wallis

Fixing the System HBO Documentary about incarceration