Anti-Racism Group & Resources

George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. The recent killings of these children of God, all black Americans, has once again exposed the deep racism and racial injustice in our country. We, as a church and nation, have work to do.

We invite you to join Second’s new Anti-Racism Group and engage with and share the following resources as we continue the important work of becoming a more compassionate, loving, inclusive, faithful and just community.

New Anti-Racism Group Forming at Second

Second is organizing a new group for people interested in engaging in anti-racism work at Second and in the larger Kansas City community. To sign up or learn more, contact Rev. Kristin Riegel at kriegel@secondpres.org.


Anti-Racism Events, Gatherings & Trainings











Dividing Lines: A History of Segregation in Kansas City
Driving Tour & Discussion

Sunday, June 28, 6-7:15 p.m. via Zoom

Commit to learning about the history of segregation in Kansas City by doing this driving tour by next Sunday, June 28. Then, on the 28th at 6 p.m., join others to share reflections, learnings, and discuss what the history of Kansas City can teach us about today and where we might go from here.

Email Kristin Riegel at kriegel@secondpres.org to sign up.


“How to Be An Antiracist” Book Group

Mondays, June 29, July 6 & 13, 6-7:30 p.m. via Zoom

This group is for “anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.” We’ll meet three times to discuss Kendi’s book and how we can engage in anti-racism practices in our own lives and communities.

Email Kristin Riegel at kriegel@secondpres.org to sign up.



Anti-Racism Training

Sunday, July 12, 1-3 p.m.
Second Presbyterian Church (via Zoom)
Cost: $20 (or pay what you can)

** This training will be held simultaneously in-person and online. For the in-person gathering, social distancing will be practiced and wearing a mask will be required.

Racism is talked about frequently in today’s political climate, but often folks are operating on different definitions of the term. At this training, we’ll establish a common working definition or racism, so we can work together against systemic racism in all its forms. This interactive training will also be an introduction to the deeper work of dismantling racism within the church and larger community. In addition, we’ll learn how anti-racist movements are built and explore how to begin engaging in this work in our local church and with the larger community.

Register at www.bit.ly/anti-racism-101.


Anti-Racism Resources for Adults

Anti-Racism Resources
This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now.

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ-KC)
SURJ KC organizes white people, as part of a multi-racial majority, for racial justice. White people: take the call. Show Up for Racial Justice.

The Open Table
We believe in a community where everyone belongs, a city where all have the power to pursue their dreams and ambitions, and a people who are committed to each other’s liberation, until all are at the table together. At The Open Table KC, we create space for hospitality, conversation, peace, and reconciliation, and we root our theology in contemplation and liberation. Join us every second and fourth Sunday at 6-7:30 p.m. via Zoom for conversation.

One Struggle KC
One Struggle KC is a collective of Kansas City activists seeking to connect the struggles of oppressed Black communities, locally and globally.

Poor People’s Campaign (Missouri) (National)

Support BIPOC businesses locally: list of local businesses can be found here.

PC(USA)’s Response
The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) remembers the recent victims of racial violence.

“White Privilege” – This one-session adult study is part of the “Racism Study Pack” from The Thoughtful Christian. They are offering this downloadable resource for free at the following links. Consider purchasing the study pack from The Thoughtful Christian to continue your study as well. Download: Participant Handout | Leader’s Guide | Purchase the “Racism Study Pack”

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack – Peggy McIntosh

Internalized Racial Superiority as Illness – Gail Golden

How White Supremacy Culture Shows up in Our Organizations

Racial Identity Caucusing for Internalized Racial Superiority/Inferiority – crossroadsantiracism.org

Books to Read

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

How to be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD

Waking Up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debbie Erving

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

Good White Racist? Confronting Your Role in Racial Injustice by Kerry Connelly

Ten Essential Strategies for Becoming a Multiracial Congregation by Jacqueline J. Lewis & John Janka

Fearless Dialogues by Gregory C. Ellison II

Race Matters by Cornel West

Anti-Racism Resources for Families

Race and racism are often difficult topics to talk about, but they are increasingly vital conversations to have as families and as a church. We invite you to take a look at this blog post and the other links for an abundance of information about how to best engage children of different ages in fruitful conversation around the topics of race and racism in our community, our country, and our world.

Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup

31 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance

100 Race-Conscious Things You Can Say to Your Child to Advance Racial Justice

“Responding to Racism” – This one-session youth study from The Thoughtful Christian helps leaders guide preteens and teens through the complicated subject of racism. This handout is also useful for parents to encourage a family study. Download: Participant Handout | Leader’s Guide

For Beautiful Black Boys who Believe in a Better World – This discussion and activity guide includes suggestions on how parents and teachers can talk with children about race and violence, ideas on how to create a safe space for meaningful dialogue, and more. It was written by the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY, a multicultural center and museum committed to promoting respect, hope, and understanding. The guide is inspired by For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World, an upcoming picture book by Michael W. Walters that will be available this September. It tells the story of a boy named Jeremiah and his family who discover hopeful forms of activism and advocacy in response to racism and gun violence in their community.
Download the Discussion and Activity Guide
Preorder For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World

Brian the Brave – This picture book provides a creative way to talk about bias based on race and language with very young children.