Pursuing Love & Justice

Pursuing Love & Justice

Jesus calls us to live out all of his teachings. Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ) is a mission priority of our denomination, the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). To “Join God in making things right in our broken world,” we must commit to the hard but necessary work surrounding justice and reconciliation. We may not have all the answers, but we can no longer be silent. At PLCC, we are dedicating ourselves to justice and racial equality by…

  1. Highlighting God’s vision for the church and community through a sermon series on the book of Acts;
  2. Hosting book and film discussion groups;
  3. Engaging staff in the Intercultural Development Inventory and through pastoral cohorts on anti-racism;
  4. Encouraging we, the church, (students and adults) to learn about mercy and justice through the Journey to Mosaic or Sankofa;
  5. Emphasizing our continual call to prayer to recognize, repent, and renew our commitment to love mercy and do justice.

One of the ways we at PLCC are dedicating ourselves to pursuing justice and racial equality includes curating a resource list with options to read, watch, and listen to a variety of voices. See below for content sorted for all ages.



High School Students

Middle School Students

  • Black Heroes: A Black History Book for Kids: 51 Inspiring People from Ancient Africa to Modern-Day U.S.A. by Arlisha Norwood
  • The Story of Barack Obama by Tonya Leslie
  • Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford
  • Skin Like Mine by Latashia M. Perry
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
  • What Do You Do With A Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan by Chris Barton
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Elementary Students

  • Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford
  • Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford
  • Lift as You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell
  • Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 by Alice Faye Duncan
  • Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice by Nikki Grimes
  • So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom by Gary D. Schmidt
  • The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
  • All Because You Matter by Tami Charles
  • Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker
  • Mamie on the Mound: A Woman in Baseball’s Negro Leagues by Leah Henderson
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Grace Lin)
  • Alvin Ho series (several titles – LeUyen Pham and Lenore Look)
  • Inside Out and Back Again (Thanhha Lai)
  • A Single Shard (Linda Sue Park)
  • The Little Rock Nine and the Fight for Equal Education (Gary Jeffrey)

Easy Chapter Books

Early Readers

Picture Books


Some of these resources require access through RightNow Media which is a FREE resource Pine Lake Covenant Church offers. You’ll have access to thousands of resources for everyone in your family, including a channel focused on Pursuing Justice. You can sign up for free in one of two ways:

  1. Text Rightnow PINELAKE to 41411;
  2. Email us and include the subject line “RightNow Media signup” and we’ll get you signed up!


  • When They See Us (Netflix)
  • True Justice (HBO—or EJI)
  • I Am Not Your Negro (Prime)
  • Banished (documentary)
  • One Night in Miami (Prime)
  • Between the World and Me (HBO)
  • All In: The Fight for Democracy (Prime)
  • Just Mercy (HBO Max)
  • Slavery By Another Name (PBS—or YouTube)
  • The Best of Enemies (Hulu)

High School Students

  • Hidden Figures
  • The Great Debaters
  • Just Mercy
  • 42
  • Salute documentary (Amazon Prime)
  • Selma
  • Betty & Coretta
  • Four Little Girls documentary (Spike Lee)
  • Freedom Riders
  • Something the Lord Made
  • Between the World and Me*
  • When They See Us*
  • Malcolm X (starring Denzel Washington)*
  • BlacKkKlansman*
  • 13th*

* The final 5 recommendations are best for older kids

Middle School Students

  • Hidden Figures
  • Akeelah and the Bee
  • Ruby Bridges
  • 42
  • Dancing in the Light the Janet Collins story
  • Selma, Lord, Selma
  • Remember the Titans
  • Watsons Go to Birmingham
  • Glory Road
  • The Breathtaking Courage of Harriet Tubman

Elementary Students

  • Hidden Figures (good for upper elementary)
  • Garrett’s Gift
  • Hair Love (won Best Animated Short Film at the 2020 Academy Awards)
  • The Journey of Henry Box Brown
  • March On!… and More Stories About African American History
  • Ruby Bridges
  • And the Children Shall Lead
  • Duke Ellington… and more stories to celebrate great figures in African American history
  • Torchlighters: The Harriet Tubman Story
  • March On!… and More Stories About African American History
  • Our Friend Martin