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New Music and Provoking Commentary on Racism


New Music  and Provoking Commentary  on Racism

 by Keith Sanford, Ph.D.

Find below, free materials from Dr. Keith Sanford at that include:

  • New musical releases – progressive Christian songs addressing racism
  • An illustrated lecture series on the History of Psychology, Racism, and the United States

Two New Musical Releases

A high-quality song download is FREE to the first 200 people.

“Breathe Now” is a song with lyrics inspired by Martin Luther King, his dream, and his fight against racism. It takes a progressive Christian perspective and uses a familiar hymn tune set in a contemporary music style. Listen to the song, read the accompanying commentary, and you may find yourself singing along with the refrain, “Breathe now, the deep and swirling source of life.”

“Whips” is a song remembering the history of slavery, with the aim to increase awareness of issues regarding racism and oppression today. It connects the Christian symbol of breaking bread with a remembrance of the history of slavery and a concern for social justice. Listen to the song, read the accompanying commentary, and be moved by the grief expressed in the refrain, “A wailing mother / a baby stolen.”


FREE BONUS: The first 200 people can get a high-quality song download for free.  To obtain your free download, find and click the “download” button on the song player, then enter “0” when asked to, “name your price.”

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Illustrated Lecture Series


The History of Psychology, Racism and the United States is a video lecture series (with numerous visual illustrations) originally developed as part of a graduate-level course for clinical psychology students. For a limited time, this series is available free of charge. The 18-part series combines the history of psychology, racism, and the United States, and tells the story of how psychology was born into an academic world that was steeped in racism, and how, initially, psychology promoted racist ideas. Along the way, this story also delves into the history of medicine, science, and culture, and it highlights ways that power systems have served to benefit some and oppress many. This series is ideal for anyone interested in psychology, and it provides the type of history that we need to know if we want to gain a full understanding of the issues people face today in our culturally diverse society.


Discover all the new music and ideas for a progressive faith at: is a blog of new music and ideas for a progressive faith. Developed by Keith Sanford, Ph.D., Forward Faith provides new music and in-depth discussion of ideas from a faith perspective based on liberal theology.

Forward Faith is the source for music for progressive Christianity. It also provides in-depth information on the theological, historical, and psychological ideas behind each song, lead sheets for musicians, and discussion questions for small groups (or for on-line discussion groups).

Visit Forward Faith and explore music and ideas about:

  • Theology
  • History
  • Social justice
  • The environment
  • Psychology

Forward Faith has resources for:

  • Small discussion groups (or on-line discussion groups)
  • Musicians
  • Clergy and religious leaders

Forward Faith is a FREE website. There is NO cost and there are NO signup requirements. Although the site’s music distribution service requires a fee charged for downloading personal copies of songs, the first 200 people can get a free download (see instructions above).

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About Keith Sanford, Ph.D.

Keith Sanford is a professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Baylor University. His background includes completing a program of study at a music school in Hollywood, several years working as a professional musician, completing a B.A. in religion from Seattle Pacific University, and completing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Michigan State University. He conducts research on interpersonal relationships and teaches courses that range from the use of the scientific method in psychological research to the history of racism.

Forward Faith is the culmination of several years of work combining music with progressive Christian theology, history, concerns for social justice, and psychology.  Discover this unique combination of music to sing, ideas to discuss, and a progressive faith perspective to ponder.

Listen to the new music:


Click here to visit the Forward Faith homepage.  

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