Wednesday, February 13, 7 p .m.
McCleary Chapel (2nd floor of Schwitzer)
University Lecture Series with Jemar Tisby
“How We Get Free: Faith in the Black Freedom Struggle”
Most people remember the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s as a faith-based movement led by pastors and based in the church. But now many seem to think that people of faith, Christians in particular, have very little to do with the ongoing struggle for black freedom. The reality is that people of faith have been and still are vitally involved in all kinds of activism. “How We Get Free” takes you through decades of black history to demonstrate how the Christian faith has motivated people to fight for justice and how those same beliefs continue to motivate a new generation of activists concerned about issues from police brutality and mass incarceration to voting rights and racial equality. The Christian faith is integral to the journey of justice in America, both in the past and in the present.
Jemar (B.A. Notre Dame; MDiv RTS Jackson) is the president of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective where he writes about race, religion, and culture. He is also the co-host of “Pass The Mic”, a podcast that amplifies dynamic voices for a diverse church. His writing has been featured in the Washington Post, CNN, Vox, The Atlantic, and the New York Times. He has spoken nationwide at conferences on racial reconciliation, U.S. history, and the church. Jemar is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Mississippi studying race, religion and social movements in the 20th century. In January 2019, he will release his first book, The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism. Follow him on Twitter @JemarTisby.