Why Black and White People Should Commemorate Juneteenth Differently

In junior high and high school whenever the teacher would assign a group…


White Supremacy & Sexual Violence

History records (read: lies) that Emmet Till catcalled Carolyn Bryant one…


The Myth of Black History Month

One day, I came home from elementary school excited to tell my parents what I…


Lift Ev’ry Voice: Encountering Hope in Our National Anthem

Widely known as the African American National Anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and…


Heroes and Villains in the Face of Black Humanity

In the summer of 2017, I had the privilege of touring Washington, D.C. and…


No More Black History Bulletin Boards

Black History Month is a too often missed opportunity for religious formation.…


The Early African Framers of the Christian Faith

Selected Important Works of Early African Christian Literature in the First 600…


White People Want Something From Black People They've Never Given to Us: Mercy

The issue of ending racism is much more complex than simply hugging a police…


Sankofic Symbolism: An Interpretation of the Tulane University Medical Students’ Photo

“This album is dedicated to all the teachers that told me I’d never amount to…


"What Other Way They Ever Do Us?" — Why The Central Park 5 Can Happen Again

When I was a teenager, my mother hated the idea of me going out in groups with…


To Shape A New World: William Seymour and Black Faith in the Drama of Civil Rights – Part 1

The year was 1963. Many Blacks in Birmingham, Alabama gathered together in the…


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Hardship-Birthed Hymns: What Can We Learn From the Negro Spiritual?

For there our captorsrequired of us songs,and our tormentors, mirth,…


The Race for Humanity: The Tommie Smith and John Carlos Story

If you’ve ever analyzed the iconic picture of Tommie Smith and John Carlos at…


Watch It Now: America's Civil Rights Movement

Right on time for Black History Month, an essential documentary series is now…


History as Activism – Jemar Tisby at Theology on Tap Chattanooga

Confederate monuments, kneeling during the national anthem, the #MeToo…


The Long History of Racism and Reformed Theology – Jemar Tisby at Covenant College

Listen at Jemar shares his experience with racism in reformed theology,…


What Columbus Really Thought about Native Americans

In 1937, Franklin Delano Roosevelt officially designated “Columbus Day” as a…


I'm a black woman who grew up in Mississippi. Here are my thoughts on the Unite The Right Rally

This letter is a preface to protests. Its'a a disclaimer prior to anticipated…


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Moving Beyond Graham’s Legacy: Raising the Bar on Evangelical Participation in Civil Rights

The late Billy Graham said in an Associated Press interview in 2005 that he…


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There Will Be No Fireworks This Juneteenth

I feel a tinge of shame admitting as a black man—raised in Texas—that I’ve…