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

*This post originally appeared on The Witness: A Black Christian Collective* Memorial Day is a day of remembrance. By setting aside a time to recall soldiers who died fighting for this nation, American citizens rightly honor their sacrifice and that of their family and friends. What often gets overlooked in the observance of Memorial Day, … Continue reading We Return Fighting: How Memorial Day Can Mean Something Different for African American Soldiers

James Cone, the cross, and the lynching memorial

- This post by Jemar originally appeared here at Religion News Service -     (RNS) - On April 26 America received its first-ever memorial dedicated to the more than 4,000 victims of lynching in this country. Two days later, James Cone, the acclaimed author of “The Cross and the Lynching Tree,” died. The opening of … Continue reading James Cone, the cross, and the lynching memorial

The Most Uncomfortable Part about Writing a Book

I decided to write my forthcoming book, The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism, because I could not conscience going to another church or Christian organization to speak about racial justice only to see nothing change afterwards. A Historical Approach My work involves preaching and teaching about the how racism … Continue reading The Most Uncomfortable Part about Writing a Book

“So This Is America.”: My Visit to the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library

Last weekend I visited the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library and Museum in Biloxi, Mississippi. Why? Because I'm a budding historian and I'm crazy. The visit was unplanned. I didn't even know the museum existed. My family and I were on the Gulf coast for a long weekend when my wife, who knows my interest in … Continue reading “So This Is America.”: My Visit to the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library

The Museum of the New South Helps Us Understand Racism in the South after the Civil War

During a visit to Charlotte, North Carolina I visited the Levine Museum of the New South and I couldn’t wait to share some of the information I gained there. The term “New South” refers to the post-Civil War and post-slavery South that was trying to move beyond its white supremacist roots toward a future with economic … Continue reading The Museum of the New South Helps Us Understand Racism in the South after the Civil War