RHM’s 2018 Annual Reading Course Book for April

Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God
By Rev. Kelly Douglas Brown

Book CoverWritten in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin, this book grows more and more relevant with each passing day in America. Whether we are discussing immigration or the continual victimization of Black communities by police brutality, this book is on our “must read” list here at RHM, and we are happy to include it in our 2018 Annual Reading Course for April.

From the publishers:

“If Trayvon was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk?”—President Barack Obama

On the Sunday morning after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s killer, black preachers across America addressed the questions his death raised for their communities: “Where is the justice of God? What are we to hope for?”

In this timely and compelling book, Kelly Brown Douglas examines the myths and narratives underlying a ‘stand-your-ground’ culture, taking seriously the social as well as the theological questions raised by this and similar events, from Ferguson, Missouri to Staten Island, New York.

But the author also brings another significant interpretative lens to this text: that of a mother. She writes: “There has been no story in the news that has troubled me more than that of Trayvon Martin’s slaying. President Obama said that if he had a son his son would look like Trayvon. I do have a son and he does look like Trayvon.’

In the face of tragedy and indifference, Kelly Brown Douglas examines the truth of a black mother’s faith in these times of ‘stand your ground.’”