The LFDMC (Literature, Film, Drama and Music Contingent) is a program within the Social Justice Council’s “Confronting Racism & Oppression” Initiative. This group now meets quarterly on the first Sunday from 1:30 to 3:00 on Zoom.  Check the website under NEWS->THE WEEK AHEAD for the topic and Zoom link.

Please come and be part of terrific, insightful and honest discussions on race, privilege, oppression, and healing. If you ideas for a book, article, film, music, play, dance, movie, or YouTube video that had a profound or just interesting effect upon you and you would like to share it with a group of like-minded people who are open-minded and committed to understanding, please email  You will be contacted and find out how much fun it is to share valuable content with people who will appreciate it.

2024 Discussions (to be updated)

2023 Discussions (to be updated)

2022 Discussions (to be updated)

2021 Discussions

January 3 – Kwanzaa Discussion. The LFDMC discussed the tradition which began in December 1966. (Host: Camille Parker)  PDF

January 17 – Dr. James L. Taylor, “The Last Sermon of Martin Luther King: And How Are We Living It.”  Replay Link

February 7 – CASTE: The Origins of our Discontent, Isabel Wilkerson. (Host: Cordell Sloan)  Replay Link

March 7 – The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, K.M. Richardson.  (Host: Dorothy Herzberg)

April 4 – Time To Talk (and Listen) — How to have constructive conversations about race, class, sexuality, ability & gender in a polarized world, by Anastasia Kim and Alicia del Prado (Host: Joanne Wile)

May 2 – Minor Feelings: An Asian American’s Reckoning, by Rutgers University Professor, Cathy Park Hong (Host: Kathy Rai)

June 13 – The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We can Prosper Together, Heather McGee (Host: Elaine Dockens)  Replay Link

July 11 – The Dali Lama’s Cat, David Michie (Hosts: Rev. Fran Moulton and Lois Atkinson and Susana Raine)

August 1 – Breathe: A Letter to My Sons, Imani Perry, UUA Common Read for 2020-21, (Host:  Beth Jerde)

September 5 – Better Not Bitter, Living on Purpose in the Pursuit of Racial Justice, Yusef Salaam (Exonerated Member of the 5 youth accused falsely of murdering the Central Park Jogger) (Host: Smiley Nelson)

October 3 – Fishbowl Conversation (on Race) Special Guests from The City of the Lord Zion: Pastors Diahann Daniels & Pastor Robert Daniels and Pastor Annie Green (Host: Julia Rogers)

November 7 – Native American Heritage Month Program – a video, slide and discussion presentation (Hosts: UUCB HIP Group – Honoring Indigenous People)

December 5 – So Many Beginnings [A Little Women Remix], by Bethany C. Morrow (Host: Christina Creveling)

2020 Discussions

January 5:–Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens (Hosts: Susan Blair, Smiley Nelson & the LFDC Chorus)

February 2:–The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison (Host: Camille Parker)

March 1:–Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Host: Dorothy Herzberg) “There is a huge difference between being intolerant and tolerating intolerance.”

April 5:–Sticks and Stones: Disabled People’s Stories of Abuse, Defiance and Resilience (Host: Marsha Saxton; Special Guest: Megan Kirshbaum)

June 7:–How Jews Became White Folks: And What That Says About Race in America, Professor Karen Brodkin (Special Guest:  Dr. Karen Brodkin.  Host: Lenore Ralston)

August 2:–Hiroshima, John Hersey (Commemorating the 75th year after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) (Hosts: Don Klose and Beth Jerde)

September 6:–The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates (Host: Lynne Henderson)

October 4:–Fishbowl Conversation (on Race) (Host: Julia Rogers)

November 1:–UUA 2020 Common Read: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Beacon Press, 2015). (Special Guests: Professor Dunbar-Ortiz and Jean Mendoza.  Hosts: Mimi Bull, Rev. Catherine Boyle, Katie Lipka).  Click HERE for a PDF with more information.

December 6:–Play-Reading of The White Card, by Claudia Rankine.  Five actors from the UUCB community will perform Claudia Rankine’s One Act play, The White Card.  Note the performance will start at 2:00 pm instead of 12:30 pm. This was a one-time performance with no recording as per the contract with the playwright, Claudia Rankine.

2019 Discussions

January 6:–Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking, Malcolm Gladwell (Lonnie Moseley)
February 3:–Black History Month Mélange: (1) Julia Rogers, “The Origins of Whiteness”; (2) Helen Tinsley-Jones, shares family’s quilt depicting the Underground Railroad; (3) Lonnie Moseley and Cordell Sloan, “The Hidden Messages within the Negro Spiritual.”
March 3:–Women’s History Month: History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, Deborah Lipstadt (Nan Yarbrough). And Julie Ann Winkelstein will talk about “Celebrating the History of Contra Costa County’s Jewish Community,” special events going on through June at the Richmond Museum of History.
April 7:–Learning to Be White: Money Race and God in America, UU Minister Rev. Thandeka (Christina Creveling)
May 12:–There There, Tommy Orange (Mimi Bull)
June 2:–Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory, Elizabeth Rosner (Ms. Rosner will join us!) (Lenore Ralston)
July 7:–Don’t Label Me: An Incredible Conversation for Divided Times, Irshad Manji (Beth Jerde)
August 4:–We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, TaNehisi Coates (Lee Olivier & Jonathan Hofeld)
September 1:–UUA Common Read: Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and the Environment (Andrea and Bill Brown)
October 6:–Fishbowl Conversation: “The Impact of Gender.” (Julia Rogers)
November 3:–Lucky Boy, Shanti Sekeran — What really happens to the kids who are separated from their parents by ICE. (Natalie Campbell)
December 1:–The Help, Kathryn Stockett (Julia Rogers)

Previous Years’ Discussions


The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd
The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead (Nation Book Award winner)
Defying the Nazis: The Sharp’s Story, Artemis Joukowsky, III (We also viewed the Ken Burns’ documentary.)
Whistling Past the Graveyard, Susan Crandall
Margaret Mead and James Baldwin: A Rap on Race (We also listened to a recording of this dialog, enhancing our appreciation of their discussion!)
Martin Luther King, Letter from Birmingham Jail
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Nikki Jones, “The Gender of Police Violence”
Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy


Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible,
The Birth of a Nation, Nate Parker
Loving, Jeff Nichols
Daughters of the Dust, Julie Dash
Film, Cracking the Codes: the System of Racial Inequity


It Can’t Happen Here, Tony Taccone and Bennett Cohen (But, it did, alas….)
The Last Tiger in Haiti, Jeff Augustin
Ayad Akhtar’s play at Berkeley Rep, Disgraced


There are too many articles to list, but there was a particularly lively discussion of: It’s Not About Race!, John Metta


We created Moments of Awareness of Unconscious Bias (MAUBs): As a way to help us get in touch with biases we don’t own, let alone talk about, we share those times we catch ourselves thinking or acting in ways that can be considered racist, biased, or self-hating — in the safe space we have created within our meetings. We believe that awareness is key, because: “Individual ignorance sustains institutional racism,” (Jennell Benson, for the Black Lives Matter movement).