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. 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 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.
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.