The following interviews, documents, and links are offered as companion resources to Revisiting the Empowerment Controversy: Black Power and Unitarian Universalism by Mark D. Morrison-Reed. Many of these are cited in the book, but are offered here in their entirety. As an augmentation it is not meant to be exhaustive but rather to give you access to materials that will enrich, deepen, and broaden your understanding of that era.
Mark D. Morrison-Reed, the preeminent scholar of black Unitarian Universalist history, presents this long-awaited chronicle and analysis of the events of the Empowerment Controversy, which rocked Unitarian Universalism in the late sixties and continues to reverberate. It was a time of revolution, of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. Like the country, the young Unitarian Universalist Association was forced to reckon with demands for change and found itself fractured by conflict about the implications of a commitment to racial justice. Morrison-Reed synthesizes decades of research and extensive interviews to present a nuanced and suspense-filled drama about Unitarian Universalism's great crisis of faith. As he writes, "Perhaps wisdom can be gleaned from the pain and upheaval of those years, a wisdom that will be of use today in a new era." Revisiting the Empowerment Controversy is the last book in a historical arc Morrison-Reed has traced since the publication of Black Pioneers in a White Denomination.