Books: Race Relations and Spirituality

Who wants to read a book with me?

In light of the recent cases of police brutality, white supremacy, racism, and Black solidarity seem to be hot topics of discussion. We should be careful about how entwined we allow our Self to be in such matters as they may engulf the soul in matters that are not soulful. However, it is my personal understanding that spirit manifests itself through the physical. So, the things that happen during this life are an expression of spirit and should not be taken lightly or seen merely as distractions or illusions. They are spiritual trials, lessons, and manifestations guiding us toward our greatest Being.

Here are my picks of a few books and authors who address the issue of race relations in America most eloquently and poignantly.

“The Nation has not yet found peace from its sins; the freedman has not yet found in freedom his promised land. Whatever of good may have come in these years of change, the shadow of a deep disappointment rests upon the Negro people,—a disappointment all the more bitter because the unattained ideal was unbounded save by the simple ignorance of a lowly people.”
~The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. DuBois

“Our success educationally, industrially, and politically is based upon the protection of a nation founded by ourselves. And the nation can be nowhere else but Africa.”
~Marcus Garvey. Not sure if this quote is from the book, Message to the People: The Course of African Philosophy

“Not one of us will have to raise a sword. Not one gun would we need to fire. The great cannon that will be fired is our unity.”
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Not sure if this quote is from the book, Message to the Black an in AmericaOur transformation is at hand! Our resurrection is at hand! Our salvation is at hand! Our time has now come again, if we would just only seize the moment.” ~From Niggas to Gods, Part 1, Andre Akil

However, while we are delving into the bowels of race relations, let us not forget to look toward the Light lest we become what we are struggling against and lose ourselves in apparent victory. Here are a few authors and books that speak to the soul of man.

“Law of Amen – You were made in the likeness of a peace that nothing can disturb. Reclaim your peace that you may attain to your reason for coming into existence – the enjoyment of life.”
~Maat the 11 Laws of God, Ra Un Nefer Amen

 

“The Four Agreements
1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Don’t take anything personally.
3. Don’t make assumptions.
4. Always do your best. ”
~The 4 Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, Miguel Ruiz

“He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty” ~Tao te Ching, Lao Tzu

“The immature think that knowledge and action are different, but the wise see them as the same.”   ~Bhaghavad Gita

A lot of reading.. For those who hunger for action, I say, we are all grateful for that energy. Go and be taught and led by those who already are well-read and/or well-lived. Without such guidance and building upon previously well-lain foundations combined with dedicated action, the path to freedome is steep if accessible at all. Each 1 has a valuable part to play. Know the Ledge.

Back to who wants to read a book with me. If anyone is interested in taking part in a book club, let me know along with any suggestions of books or types of books to include.

Liza Nicole

Liza Nicole Epps is owner of Trinichi Unltd., LLC. She is a mother of 2 and lover of art, culture, and history.

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