January 22, 2020 marked the one year anniversary since the publication of my first book, The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism. I have been surprised by the momentum behind this book. My theory is that the enthusiasm arises from the historical moment in which we’re living.
This book landed at a particular moment when more people recognize the importance of the past for understanding the present. From works such as the #1619Project to the “Year of Return” hosted by Ghana in 2019, revisiting historical contexts helps us understand our present-day circumstances.
As James Baldwin wrote…
“History, as nearly no one seems to know, is not merely something to be read. And it does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past. On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do. It could scarcely be otherwise, since it is to history that we owe our frames of reference, our identities, and our aspirations.”James Baldwin, 1965