Baylor Missions & Public Life Announces Summer of Solidarity (SOS)

June 23, 2020

By: Dominique McShan

WACO, Texas (June 23, 2020) - Now, more than ever, is a time when we must strive to be loving neighbors as God called us to be.

Summer of Solidarity (SOS) seeks to elevate the difficult, uncomfortable but important conversations, regarding race, privilege, violence and conciliation in America.

We believe that we are all Better Together, and have developed programs to foster dialogue, and explore anti-racism resources that lead us to act justly, love humbly, and heal together.

SOS Film Series

Virtual Netflix Party film viewing, followed by facilitated Zoom discussions with guests.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2020, 7 p.m. CST -- 13th
    • Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay's examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country's history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America.
  • Thursday, July 9, 2020, 7 p.m. CST -- Becoming
    • Becoming is an intimate look into the life of former First Lady Michelle Obama during a moment of profound change, not only for her personally but for the country she and her husband served over eight impactful years in the White House. The film offers a rare and up-close look at her life, taking viewers behind the scenes as she embarks on a 34-city tour that highlights the power of community to bridge our divides and the spirit of connection that comes when we openly and honestly share our stories.
  • Thursday, July 16, 2020, 7 p.m. CST -- When They See Us, Part I
    • Based on a true story that gripped the country, When They See Us chronicles the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The four part limited series will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem -- Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series will span 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.
  • Thursday, July 23, 2020, 7 p.m. CST -- Teach Us All
    • It's been decades since Brown v. Board of Education, yet American schools remain largely segregated. Some leaders are working to change that.

A desktop or laptop computer and Netflix login is required to utilize the Netflix Party platform. However, individuals may watch the film individually, and join the Zoom discussion via laptop, desktop, smartphone, or phone audio following the scheduled viewing if preferred.

For installation information and details regarding Netflix Party and Zoom, visit or

Baylor students that would like to participate, but do not have a Netflix subscription, may contact Dominique McShan.

SOS Interactive Podcast Listening Experience

The Good Neighbor Podcast Landscape

A special series of episodes in partnership with the Baylor University Department of Multicultural Affairs on The Good Neighbear podcast centered around mindfulness and racial justice, following The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness by Rhonda V. Magee.

Zoom discussions hosted by Better Together BU on Friday's from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. CST.

Sign-up for either program here!

Zoom discussion experiences are designed specifically for Baylor University community members, and invitation information will only be shared with e-mail addresses.

By joining, all participants agree to extend the Christian caring community of Baylor University online, and respectfully engage in civil discourse.

For additional information or concerns, please contact or

About Baylor Missions & Public Life

Baylor Missions and Public Life strives to shape Baylor's faithful engagement with Waco and the world. Our hope is to make a better world...together.
To do so we provide opportunities for students to love their neighbors by deepening human connection, cultivating self-discovery, developing a healthy worldview, and equipping servant-leaders.

As part of the Office of Spiritual Life at Baylor University, our mission is to nurture theological depth, spiritual wholeness, and missional living in the students, staff, and faculty at Baylor University.