Learning Together So We Can Breathe Together

December 28, 2021

The past week has left many around the country feeling angry, devastated and weary. 

The staff at Preston Hollow shares those emotions. We are angry for our brothers and sisters of color. We are devastated that for eight minutes and forty-six seconds, a police officer chose suffocation. We are weary of continuing to see brown lives and black lives that struggle to breathe in more ways than one. 

However, in the midst of what might feel like hopelessness, we find hope in the number of people choosing education as a tool for growth and change. 

As we write, the top five books on Amazon are all books around race, with dozens more in the top 50. 

Therefore, as a church, we want to invite you all to join the pastors and staff in eight days of learning. Eight days of deep breaths for the eight minutes that George Floyd was pinned to the ground. For each of these days we invite you to read, listen, or watch one thing a day for eight days, starting Monday the 8th and running through Monday, June 15th. 

Education is not the only work required of us in the fight for racial justice, but it is a start. So may we learn, so that we can breathe together.  

To help our journey, we offer this list of resources. May it prove helpful as we journey together. 


  • Podcasts: 
  • I Just See People- Rev. Dr. Rodger Nishioka 
  • It’s Not About You, It’s About Us- Rev. Tom Are
  • It’s Not About Us, It’s About Me- Rev. Dr. Rodger Nishioka and Rev. Tom Are


  • Movies: 
  • 13th (Netflix)
  • The Hate U. Give (Hulu)
  • Just Mercy (Prime)
  • Selma (Prime)
  • Becoming (Netflix) 
  • PBS Series: Eye on the Prize
  • Time: The Kalief Browder Story (Netflix)
  • TED Talks: 
  • Short Clips: 


  • Books: 
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander 
  • Me and White  Supremacy by Layla Saad
  • Waking Up White by Debbie Irving
  • The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey
  • Just Mercy by Brian Stevenson 
  • Stakes Is High: Race, Faith, and Hope for America by Michael W. Waters 
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown 
  • How to Be Anti Racist by Ibram X. Kendi 
  • Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon 
  • This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherrie Moraga 
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde 
  • The Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison 
  • Good White Racist by Kerry Connelly
  • The Hate U. Give by Angie Thomas (great for youth)
  • Stride Toward Freedom by Martin Luther King
  • Why We Cannot Wait by Martin Luther King
  • Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community by Martin Luther King
  • Letter from a Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King
  • Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life by David Billings
  • What Truth Sounds Like by Michael Eric Dyson
  • When I was White: A Memoir by Sarah Valentine
  • The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson
  • Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
  • How to be Black by Baratunde Thurston
  • Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy
  • A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes
  • Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism by Carolyn Helsel 
  • Articles: 


  • The course is accessible online in a private Facebook group. Once you or your group pays for entry, you will be able to access 16 pre recorded lessons, each about 60-90 minutes long, and the accompanying resources and discussion questions to go with them. In addition to the lectures, you have 6 months of access to the private group to ask questions, and seek clarification.

Resources for Children 


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