Jemar Tisby

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  • Co-founder and President of The Witness, a Black Christian Collective
  • New York Times Best-Selling Author of 'The Color of Compromise'
  • Historian of Race and Religion
  • National Speaker


Dynamic, significant, and prophetic, Jemar Tisby is a public historian with the ability to explore racial justice solutions and cultural conversations that compel listeners to action. Tisby brings history to bear with contemporary relevance. His style provides audiences with richly-informed explorations, unflinching moral insight, and clear paths forward.

He is the president of The Witness, a Black Christian Collective, where he writes about race, religion, politics, and culture. He is also the co-host of the Pass The Mic podcast and has spoken nation-wide at conferences. In addition to his books, The Color of Compromise—a New York Times bestseller—and the upcoming How to fight Racism, his writing has been featured in the Washington Post, CNN, and The Atlantic.

Tisby is currently a PhD candidate in History at the University of Mississippi studying race, religion, and social movements in the twentieth century.

 

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With the incision of a prophet, the rigor of a professor, and the heart of a pastor, Jemar Tisby offers a defining examination of the history of race and the church in America. Comprehensive in its scope of American history, Tisby presents data that provides the full truth and not a sanitized version that most American Christians have embraced.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Jemar Tisby
  • University of Notre Dame
  • National Antiracist Book Festival
  • Washington Post “Post Reports”
  • North Park Theological Seminary
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What Is the Color of Compromise?: A History of Christian Complicity in Racism

Throughout US 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. ...

Throughout US 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.

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 i ...

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 Mat ...

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 prominenc ...

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 deve ...

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.

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Biography

Jemar Tisby is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Color of Compromise, president and co-founder of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, and co-host of the podcast, Pass The Mic.

He grew up just north of Chicago and attended the University of Notre Dame. He went on to join Teach For America and was assigned to the Mississippi Delta Corps where he taught sixth grade at a public charter school and later went on to be the principal. He received his MDiv from Reformed Theological Seminary and is presently working toward his PhD in History at the University of Mississippi studying race, religion, and social movements in the twentieth century.

Jemar and his family call the Deep South home and especially love the weather, people, and food! His new book, How to Fight Racism releases in January of 2021 and is available for pre-order now.