Jemar Tisby is a historian, author, and leader seeking to make the house of God a more inclusive and welcoming place for everyone. He realizes it’s not an easy feat, but he believes in the power of hope and his faith in fellow Christians to make a more equitable future possible.

In today’s episode, we discuss Jemar’s own experience with discrimination simply because of the color of his skin, America’s ugly relationship with racism and its impact on the church in our country, and his book The Color of Compromise. We also talk about his time with Teach For America and how it further illustrated the importance of education as a solution to move forward in moments of change. Finally, our conversation ends on a hopeful note for the future, and a call, or plea, for Christians to be courageous to combat hate and inequality in the church.

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Guest Biography

Jemar Tisby is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Color of Compromise, president and co-founder of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, and co-host of the podcast Pass The Mic.

Jemar attended the University of Notre Dame and joined Teach For America at the Mississippi Delta Corps, where he taught sixth grade and became the principal. He received his MDiv from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently working toward his Ph.D. in History at the University of Mississippi.

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“We can either shrink back and demonstrate complicity in the face of racism or we can demonstrate courageous Christianity and confront it rather than compromise with racism.”