Shannon Polk, Executive Director of The Witness Foundation moved out of her role to take on a new assignment. She will transition into a new role as president and chief executive officer of Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Polk began her work at The Witness Foundation in October 2020 where during […]
Meet Natasha Robinson, who will be serving as Interim President of The Witness Foundation. You can learn more about The Witness Foundation and its work at www.thewitnessfoundation.co Natasha Sistrunk Robinson is the President of T3 Leadership Solutions, Inc. She is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy (2002), former United States Marine Corps Captain, and former […]
The stories continue…After Jemar Tisby and Tyler Burns shared powerful episodes of their #LeaveLOUD experiences, it’s time to hear from our very own Ally Henny. How is the Black Christian experience different in rural settings? Are multiethnic churches truly safe spaces for Black women? What happens when Black women #LeaveLoud? Ally had to courageously confront […]
Editor’s Note: Dominique Gilliard, author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores and the forthcoming book Subversive Witness: Scripture’s Call to Leverage Privilege (to be released on August 24, 2021), has graciously compiled a list of his recommended reading and viewing for Black History Month 2021. You can read his list from last year […]
We asked for your reflections on the insurrection at the Capitol. Here’s what some of our readers had to say.
Let’s be clear, y’all: January 6 was a lot, but sometimes you have to (trauma) laugh to keep from crying. Thankfully, Black Twitter never disappoints. Here are some of the dopest (Safe For Work) tweets and memes that we have curated that brought some hilarity the insurrection.
Two-time Grammy-winning hip-hop artist and bestselling author, Lecrae, joins the podcast today to talk about his very busy 2020. He released his album Restoration earlier this year and also recently released his second book: I Am Restored just last week, a story of chaos and hope. The artist “had inspired millions with his redemptive and […]
Today’s episode is fire. Tyler Burns has the honor of interviewing powerhouse theologian and author, Dr. Willie Jennings. This episode is filled with powerful insights that will strike uncomfortably close to home. For the uninitiated, Dr. Willie Jennings is an Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale Divinity School. Writing in the […]
Recently, the Barna Research Group released a study about “How the summer of 2020 changed perceptions of racial justice-and what it means for Christian leaders.” The discovery revealed what many Black Christians already knew: In the area of racial justice, “progress” is elusive. Jemar and Tyler are back this week to talk about their frustrations […]
We lay aside and strip off every weight of sin that so easily ensnares us—even the ones that look pious and saintly.
My wife and I were on the edge. The last time I wrote about our relationship for The Witness, I was blissfully unaware of how close I was to dismantling our marriage. My sin is my sin and I blame nobody else for it but me. But with the provision of hindsight, I now see […]
Jemar and Tyler are back with a special word for Black Christians. We know how hard it has been in this season to see people ignore and pass over your pain. We know how hard it is to feel like you’re the only one. We know how hard it is to get your hopes up […]
After 126 years of flying as the state’s official representation, Mississippi lawmakers finally passed legislation to change its flag. One week ago, the Governor signed that legislation, and the flag came down. But what does this decision ultimately mean? Is it a win worth celebrating, and will it change the landscape of the fight against […]
On May 6, 2020, public theologian Ekemini Uwan tweeted: “No, I will not watch the video of #AhmaudArbery’s lynching. Don’t even ask me to. It’s dehumanizing. Black death is not for public consumption.” But on May 22, 2020, another video of Black death began circulating, this time the murder of George Floyd at the hands […]
On May 30th, after a raw and real-time of sharing pain, strategy, and hope for change, our president, Jemar Tisby, closed out our special live event time with these words. Feel free to share them with others or pray them yourself. Thank you to Dr. Luke Stamps for transcribing the words. — Lord, Psalm 13 […]
In the past few weeks, the facts about the senseless murders of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arberry have flooded the media. Even as we were grieving their deaths, America’s legacy of racism showed itself again when we viewed, in horror, the brutal murder of George Floyd at the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. […]
On the sixth day of creation, God breathed the breath of life into man and man became alive. To inhale and exhale is to point to the sovereignty of God as he alone ordains life. When Black life is unjustly robbed, the heavens weep and mourn the life of that Black soul. George Floyd was […]
There’s something terribly wrong with this country’s justice system if we have to celebrate the arrest of those who have committed horrific acts of evil or violence against Black and African people. That was the national response yesterday (May 7, 2020) when Glynn County Police Officers arrested the two white supremacists who slaughtered jogger Ahmaud […]