03/05/2020 ASHLAND, Ohio – Make no mistake, Jemar Tisby loves the church, even as he says he speaks a painful truth in love to it.
Tisby – the president of The Witness: a Black Christian Collective and co-host of the Pass the Mic podcast – is the author of 2019’s “The Color of Compromise,” an historical survey in which he outlines how American Christianity often compromised and at times was complicit in racism, slavery, and segregation throughout the country’s history.
Now, he says, it is time for “the ARC of racial justice: Awareness, Relationships, and Commitment”. And in his book, he offers some practical suggestions for living out that commitment.
Tisby will bring the message of racial reconciliation to the Ashland University campus in three separate appearances on April 1-2. All events are free and open to the public. His visit is sponsored by the University’s Honors Program, the Department of Religion, the Office of Christian Ministry, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Melting Pot and the Black Student Alliance.
On April 1 at 7:30 pm, Tisby will offer a lecture on “The Color of Compromise” at the John C. Myers Convocation Center. The following day, he will lead a conversation on “Reconsidering Racial Reconciliation” from 10:50 a.m. until 12:05 p.m. at Ronk Lecture Hall inside the Dwight Schar College of Education, followed by an 8 p.m. sermon on “The Fierce Urgency of Now” at The Well in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel.
“This is an exciting opportunity for students and members of the Ashland community to hear from one of the emerging voices in a new movement for racial reconciliation,” said Peter Slade, chair of the AU Religion Department.
Tisby is a Chicago-area native who came to Christ through a high school youth group at the age of 16. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and remained there for a time as part of the school’s campus ministry. Following that, Tisby joined Teach for America and was assigned to a public charter school in the Mississippi Delta. He left for a year to begin seminary studies at the Reformed Theological Seminary in Florida, but returned to the Mississippi school as its principal a year later and stayed in the south, receiving his Master of Divinity degree from RTS-Jackson in 2011.
Tisby is currently a doctoral student in history at the University of Mississsippi.
Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.###