racism

Ending Racism: Challenging Christianity’s Collusion with White Supremacy

Ending Racism: Challenging Christianity’s Collusion with White Supremacy

Recently I visited the recently-opened Museum of African American History and Culture. The experience was at once inspiring and troubling.  Inspiring because so much of the distinctive texture of American life can be traced directly to its rich African American contributions.  Troubling because our nation’s shameful embrace of racism is not just a stain on our nation’s past, but a plague that threatens us still.

Marcher/Activist Mary Nelson Remembers Marching with Martin Luther King, Jr.

Marcher/Activist Mary Nelson Remembers Marching with Martin Luther King, Jr.

It was a sweltering summer Chicago night in 1966 when young activist Mary Nelson first encountered Martin Luther King, Jr.  She was just back from a two-year stint as a teacher in Tanzania and living in Chicago's west side when racial tensions were reaching a fever pitch.  Listen as Mary tells her story of meeting and marching with Dr. King and gospel great Mahalia Jackson.

Dismantling Christianity’s Collusion with White Supremacy: A Call to Action

Dismantling Christianity’s Collusion with White Supremacy: A Call to Action

For the first time I was in our nation’s capital on the Fourth of July, where the choir directed by my wife Dhilanthi performed at the John F. Kennedy Center.

Later we visited the recently-opened Museum of African American History and Culture. The experience was at once inspiring and troubling.  Inspiring because so much of the distinctive texture of American life can be traced directly to its rich African American contributions.  Troubling because our nation’s shameful embrace of racism is not just a stain on our nation’s past, but a plague that threatens us still.