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"As educators, when we teach about the history of racial violence, the history of the black church, the history of the Confederate flag, the history of the Obama presidency, or any number of other themes related to the centrality of race in American history, we will have to teach about Charleston."  

Chad Williams
Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies
Brandeis University
June 23, 2015

  • Charleston Syllabus, African American Intellectual History Society  
    "a list of readings that educators can use to broach conversations in the classroom about the horrendous events that unfolded in Charleston, South Carolina on the evening of June 17, 2015. These readings provide valuable information about the history of racial violence in this country and contextualize the history of race relations in South Carolina and the United States in general. They also offer insights on race, racial identities, global white supremacy and black resistance. All readings are arranged by date of publication. This list is not meant to be exhaustive–you will find omissions. Please check out #Charlestonsyllabus and the Goodreads List for additional reading suggestions."
  • "A Theology for a Grieving People" by Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce, Princeton Theological Seminary
    August 10, 2015 - Associate Professor of Religion and Literature and Director of the Center for Black Church Studies at Princeton Seminary, Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce's contribution to the "How #BlackLivesMatter Changed My Theology" series from Sojourners:
  • "On the Night After Charleston" by Dr. Efrain Agosto, New York Theological Seminary
    Blog post from the Wabash Center's Race Matters in the Classroom blog. June 23, 2015
  • Payne Theological Seminary and A.M.E. Church Archive
    The Payne Theological Seminary and A.M.E. Church Archive includes two subcollections organized into twenty-one thematic categories of images and textual materials for the study of the history of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) denomination and Black Church tradition while chronicling the leadership and legacy of Payne Theological Seminary. Some materials are cross-referenced in multiple subcollections.
  • "They Met to Read the Bible" a new hymn for Charleston  
    June 24, 2015 - The New Yorker magazine's Joshua Rothman profiles Princeton Theological Seminary alumna Pastor Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Class of 1985), and the hymn she wrote in response to the killing of 9 African American worshipers gathered for Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015.

Selected Black History Month Titles (Stacks)

Selected titles listed by call number — Click on the title to determine current shelving location. Building Guide/Shelving Locations

Unrelenting Voices Read-In: A Celebration of Freedom, Justice, Mandela, and More

Excerpts of the works in this bibliography - including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" (1963) -  were used for a public "read-in" held on January 8, 2015 at the Princeton Public Library, Trenton Free Public Library, and New Brunswick Free Public Library. The event was presented by those libraries in partnership with McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ. Members of Princeton Seminary's faculty and staff participated as readers.


#BlackChurchSyllabus recommendations from Prof. Yolanda Pierce

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David Walker's Appeal - David Walker; James Turner (Introduction by)
Call Number: E446 .W179 1993
ISBN: 0933121385
Publication Date: 1997-01-15

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The Fire Next Time - James Baldwin
Call Number: E185.61 .B195 1993
ISBN: 067974472X
Publication Date: 1992-12-01

God's trombones [videorecording] : a trilogy of African-American poems - James Weldon Johnson
Call Number: VIDEO PS3519.O37 G63 1994
Publication Date: 1994

Jesus and the Disinherited - Howard Thurman
Call Number: BS2417.S7 T5 1984
ISBN: 0913408778
Publication Date: 1981-01-01

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Jonah's Gourd Vine - Zora Neale Hurston; Rita Dove (Foreword by)
Call Number: PS3515.U789 J66 1990
ISBN: 0060916516
Publication Date: 1990-01-22

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Parable of the Sower - Octavia E. Butler
Call Number: PS3552.U827 P37 2000
ISBN: 0446675504
Publication Date: 2000-01-01

Religious experience and journal of Mrs. Jarena Lee [microform] : giving an account of her call to preach the gospel - Jarena Lee
Call Number: Microfiche 2007-1553
ISBN: 9780837014708
Publication Date: 1849
1 fiche

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Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
Call Number: PS3563.O8749 S6 2004
ISBN: 140003342X
Publication Date: 2004-06-08


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