The “Living in Good Relation” Friend-Sourced Collection

Alina Scott
2 min readJul 25, 2018

Earlier this month I asked social media friends and acquaintances to suggest literary works, individuals, films, and music that they find inspire/exude/discuss “radical hope” as it relates to relationships, humanity, or the environment. These are their responses.


Professor of History

Professor of Theology

Graduate Student Colleague

  • MLK — Mountaintop Speech
  • Common — Be
  • Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy
  • Equal Justice Initiative
  • Shane Claiborne’s The Irresistable Revolution
  • Ella Baker and Fannie Lou Hamer personify radical hope
  • Marx and Engels — Communist Manifesto
  • Khalid Hosseini — And the Mountains Echoed
  • Richard Wright’s “the Warmth of Other Suns” from Black Boy: A Record of Childhood and Youth

“I was leaving the South
to fling myself into the unknown . . .
I was taking a part of the South
to transplant in alien soil,
to see if it could grow differently,
if it could drink of new and cool rains,
bend in strange winds,
respond to the warmth of other suns
and, perhaps, to bloom”

  • The Fire Next Time by Baldwin (I found it hopeful, but others might not)

McNair Scholar and Graduate Student

  • Toni Morrison’s Beloved
  • Happy Feet (2006)

Research Fellow

  • Kiki (2017)

Twitter Historian

  • Mavis Staples and the tradition of spirituals in the Long Black Freedom Struggle
  • Aretha Franklin, Lift Every Voice and Sing
  • “The Negro in American Culture” a group discussion (Baldwin, Hughes, Hansberry, Capouya, Kazin)

Family Friend

  • Jonathan Lear’s Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation

HS Friend

  • Nayyirah Waheed — Salt; Nejma
  • Rupi Kaur — Milk & Honey; The Sun and Her Flowers



Manatee Friend



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Alina Scott

"one one coco full basket" | UT History PhD student