Freedom Ride: Taking it Home

Freedom Ride: Taking it Home

by Anne Clarke, Co-Leader, 2015 Freedom Ride; Lifelong Christian Faith Formation Coordinator, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California

On Friday, July 17th our diocesan pilgrims looked for ways to bring this experience home to Northern California and heard from young members of the NAACP in North Carolina, who talked to us about the power of organizing and of the community in struggling against oppression.

Below are resources to guide discussions of these issues in our communities here in Northern California:

- Two-part discussion on racism for teenagers, from the Lift Every Voice organizers 

- Discussion guides for the movie Selma

- Resources on Ferguson from The Episcopal Church, including how other churches have practiced reconciliation in their own contexts

- African Americans and the Struggle for Justice (from The Episcopal Church Archives)

- The United Church of Christ also offers a helpful and comprehensive guide to discussions about race in congregations here: and a series of ways to deepen the discussion of race and its intersections with other areas of our lives here:

Below are examples of local histories of civil rights oppression and/or struggles in our own diocese:

- University of California resources on diversity and history

- The Second Great Migration

- Tule Lake Internment Camp

- Expulsion of the Chinese from the North Coast

- The United Farm Workers’ march to Sacramento in the 1960s (which was understood as a pilgrimage)


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