We are excited to host nationally acclaimed anti-racist writer and educator Tim Wise. Tim is among the nation’s most prominent antiracist essayists and educators. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences on more than 1,000 college and high school campuses as well as at hundreds of professional and academic conferences on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions. Cornel West calls Tim, “A vanilla brother in the tradition of (abolitionist) John Brown.”
After graduating from Tulane University in 1990, Tim threw himself into social justice efforts as a youth coordinator and associate director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, the largest of the many groups organized in the early 1990s to defeat the political candidacies of white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. From there, he became a community organizer in New Orleans public housing, and a policy analyst for a children’s advocacy group focused on combatting poverty and economic inequity.
He is the author of seven books, including his highly-acclaimed memoir White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, as well as Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority and Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America. His forthcoming book, White LIES Matter: Race, Crime and the Politics of Fear in America, will be released in 2018. The Afro-centric online magazine The Root recently named Tim one of the “Eight Wokest White People We Know.”
Tim has appeared numerous times on national TV and his videos posted on YouTube, Facebook and other social media platforms have received more than 20 million views. Recently, he launched a podcast, “Speak Out with Tim Wise,” in which he talks with activists, scholars and artists about movement-building and strategies for social change.
This event is sponsored by our Justice and Mercy Initiatives and by the morning Sunday School class, “White Privilege.” Contact Pastor Brockett 504-831-8196 or Nick and Noelle Marinello for more info.