Book Talk: 'The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the Church's Complicity in Racism'
Throughout U.S. history, some Christians have demonstrated a consistent unwillingness to challenge racism. But it is not only the people who tied the lyncher’s noose or who put on white robes and hoods who are responsible. The most egregious acts of racism only happen within a context of compromise. This talk walks through the history of Christian complicity with racism and ends with a call to action so that past does not determine the future. This talk pairs well with Jemar’s New York Times bestselling book, The Color of Compromise.
Book Talk: 'How to Fight Racism'
Once you’re convinced that racism is a problem, what do you do about it? This talk answers that question. Based on a unique model called the A.R.C. of Racial Justice, this talk prioritizes the practical. You will walk away with concrete strategies and a theoretical framework for addressing racial injustice today. This talk pairs well with Jemar’s book, How to Fight Racism.
Faith in the Black Freedom Struggle
While many people of faith chose compromise and complicity in the face of racism, Black Christians leaned on messages of liberation found in their religion to fight against oppression. This talk traces the role of faith in the Black freedom struggle from the Revolutionary era to the Black Lives Matter era and discusses the ongoing importance of Christian movements for justice today.
“I’m Not Backing Off”: The Inspiring Life of Fannie Lou Hamer
Fannie Lou Hamer was born into a sharecropping family in Mississippi in 1917. From her earliest days she knew poverty and racial oppression. Her life dramatically changed one day when she heard a presentation at church about voting rights and became an activist herself. Rising to national prominence as an advocate for Black voting rights and economic uplift, her example of faith and courage provides a model for how to pursue freedom in the present day.
How to Survive as a PoC at a PWI
Being a person of color (PoC) at a predominantly white institution (PWI) can be a lonely and wearisome experience. Drawing on his years within various PWIs, Jemar explains how to maneuver in such environments and work for positive change while there. He incorporates elements of racial identity development, US history, and personal experience to empower racial and ethnic minorities to be agents of positive change in their organizations.
How to Talk to Your Kids about Race
Many of us wonder how we can talk to our children and other young people about race. The topic is so sensitive, it can be graphic, and it is always sobering. In this talk Jemar will speak from his experiences as a middle school teacher and principal as well as a parent himself. He will bring forth insights from history and psychology to discuss how to talk to kids about race. He will also share some resources such as children’s books and possible excursions to help facilitate this important dialogue. You will come away with more confidence and more tools to equip your kids to be antiracist.
Red and Blue and Black and White
From inflammatory comments on social media, to deliberately provocative statements from pundits, to an attempted insurrection—the gulf separating Republicans and Democrats is large and growing. Jemar talks about the history of our partisan divide and how we got to the present-day polarization in our politics. Of course, this is a story that is closely tied to racism and power. In this presentation you will learn how legislators enacted racist policies to keep Black people and other people of color from voting, achieving economic independence, and mobilizing for change. You will also learn more about how to communicate with people across deeply entrenched political divides and how we can work at a policy level to enact much-needed change.
10 Things to Know about Antiracism
The word “antiracism” gets thrown around a lot these days. But seldom do we pause to learn the basics of antiracism. In this talk Jemar breaks down the word and the concept of antiracism with the goal that people would learn how to actually be antiracist in their own lives. We answers 10 questions such as “What does antiracism mean?” And “What do we get wrong about antiracism?” This innovative and practical presentation can be delivered as a traditional keynote talk or it can done interview style with a host asking the 10 questions while also leaving time for more questions from the audience.
Event Success Story: Jemar Tisby tailors a powerful keynote and impresses an audience of mental health professionals
Public historian, New York Times bestselling author, co-host of the Pass The Mic podcast, and founder of The Witness, Inc. JEMAR TISBY spoke to approximately 400+ mental health professionals, social services employees, school employees, and community members at the Fernbrook Family Center in Minnesota. In his powerful keynotes, Tisby explores the impacts of history and racial justice solutions in a way that compels listeners to action, followed by a meaningful Q&A opportunity for continued engagement with his richly-informed perspective. Although Tisby usually discusses the intersection of race and religion – the foundation of his New York Times bestselling book The Color of Compromise – he is a dynamic and flexible speaker and tailored this presentation for a broader secular audience. The event was a tremendous success, with the host sharing, “The event was great and everyone was so grateful and appreciative to be able to hear Mr. Tisby speak.”
Jemar Tisby teaches audiences how to be anti-racist
JEMAR TISBY is a public historian with the ability to explore racial justice solutions and start cultural conversations that compel listeners to action. Tisby discusses these themes in his books, The Color of Compromise —a New York Times bestseller — and How to Fight Racism, as well as in his writing in the Washington Post, CNN, and The Atlantic. He’s a true knowledge source on the subject of anti-racism, and was featured on Yahoo! news to discuss How to Fight Racism and the intersection between race and religion. He co-hosts the Pass The Mic podcast, which got nearly half a million downloads in 2020, speaks nation-wide at conferences, and is the founder of The Witness Inc, an organization dedicated to Black uplift from a Christian perspective.
Throughout U.S. history, well-meaning people have demonstrated a consistent unwillingness to challenge racism. But it is not only the people who tied the lyncher’s noose or who put on white robes and hoods who are responsible. Tisby's talks walk through the history of everyday complicity with racism and end with a call to action so that the past does not determine the future. Based on a unique model called the A.R.C. of Racial Justice, his talks prioritize the practical, so audiences walk away with concrete strategies and a theoretical framework for addressing racial injustice today. Tisby helps all audiences realize their responsibility and become allies who are courageous in purposefully stepping up to dismantle racism.
Jemar Tisby is the founder of The Witness, Inc. He is the author of How to Fight Racism and The New York Times bestselling book, The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the Church's Complicity in Racism. His latest book, How to Fight Racism Young Reader's Edition: A Guide to Standing Up for Racial Justice, was published in January 2022. Jemar has been a co-host of the Pass The Mic podcast since its inception seven years ago. His writing has been featured in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The New York Times, among others. He is a frequent commentator on outlets such as NPR and CNN's New Day program. He speaks nationwide on the topics of racial justice, U.S. history and Christianity. Tisby received his PhD in History at the University of Mississippi studying race, religion, and social movements in the twentieth century. You can find out more about him at his website JemarTisby.com, on social media with the handle @JemarTisby, and read his writings at his Substack, Footnotes by Jemar Tisby.