My reflection in the Washington Post on the fifth anniversary of Michael Brown's killing.
I have never used the word "evangelical" to describe myself or my faith. Yet ever since I first became a Christian in high school I have always been in or near evangelical institutions. On a social and demographic level these groups have invariably been predominantly white. I quickly learned that in the United States to … Continue reading One Black Man’s Experience with White Evangelicalism
What happens when historians consider not only the activism but the faith of activists? That is the question I explored at the 2018 Conference on Faith and History. I presented a paper as apart of a panel on the Long Civil Rights Movement. To prepare for the talk I visited the Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial … Continue reading The Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Park
* This article originally appeared on The Witness: A Black Christian Collective 6/27/18 The late Billy Graham said in an Associated Press interview in 2005 that he wished he had done more for Civil Rights. He especially regretted not partnering with Martin Luther King, Jr. “I think I made a mistake when I didn’t go … Continue reading Moving Beyond Graham’s Legacy: Raising the Bar on Evangelical Participation in Civil Rights
* This article originally appeared on The Witness: A Black Christian Collective 4/23/18 In a revealing article in the New York Times, journalist Campbell Robertson, details the impact of the 2016 election on black Christians in white churches. Observing the overwhelming political support that white evangelicals exhibited for the current president, many African Americans felt … Continue reading A Wilderness Wandering After the “Quiet Exodus”