Reflections on the Anniversary of the Murder of the Emanuel Nine

June 17 marks the anniversary of the murder of the Emanuel Nine. A white…


"Turn Me Loose!": The Assassination of Medgar Evers

The bullet that killed Medgar Evers didn’t stop in his chest. It ripped through…


"I'm Not Backing Off": Racism and the Undefeatable Faith of Fannie Lou Hamer

June 9 marks a grim anniversary in the history of civil rights. On that date in…


The Bible or the Bullet: James Meredith and the March Against Fear

James Meredith has always been his own man. You have to be if you’re going to…


The NMAAHC and the Risk of Rightly Remembering the Past

On Wednesday, May 31st, someone left a noose on the floor of the National…


Five Reasons Jason Whitlock's Take on LeBron James and Racism is Wrong

Someone spray-painted ni**er on the front gate of a home in Los Angeles…


What Happened to LeBron James Reminds Us That No Amount of Success Can Shield Black People from Racism

On the eve of the NBA finals conversations typically hover around how long the…


We Return Fighting: How Memorial Day Can Mean Something Different for African American Soldiers

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance. By setting aside a time to recall…


A Reminder of Why You Should Never Take Lynching Lightly (WARNING: Graphic Description)

Recently a congressman from Mississippi, Karl Oliver, posted a comment on his…


What the Church Can Learn from Taking Down Confederate Monuments

Officials across the South have decided to remove Confederate monuments in…


The Real Reason the Benedict Option Leaves Out the Black Church

If the measure of a good book is its capacity to generate discussion, then Rod…


From Virtual to Reality: The Pass the Mic Meet Up at Just Gospel '17

My index finger paused above the 'enter' button on my keyboard. I had just…


Red and Blue & Black and White: Untangling Race, Religion and Politics in America

They say you should never talk about race, religion, or politics in polite…


African Slaves Were Not 'Immigrants': Reminders from the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Dr. Ben Carson got off to a stumbling start as the Secretary of the Department…


Trayvon Martin's Death and a Resurgent Civil Rights Movement in America

February 26, 2012 marked a resurgence of the civil rights movement in America.…


The Misappropriation of Martin Luther King, Jr.

For over thirty years, U.S. citizens have celebrated the third Monday of…


"Show up. Dive in. Stay at it."--Reflections on President Obama's Farewell Speech

NOTE: The following is not an endorsement of all of President Obama's policies…


Trump's Election and Feeling "Safe" in White Evangelical Churches

Some of my comments on an episode of Pass The Mic have invited scrutiny and…


Understanding the Heart Cry of #BlackLivesMatter

I recently had the opportunity to give a presentation called "Understanding the…