Patricia A. Turner is a professor of world arts, culture and African American studies at UCLA. She wrote the book I Heard It Through the Grapevine: Rumor in African-American Culture.
Jason Shelton is an associate professor of sociology and anthropology at the University of Texas at Arlington. His research interests include religious affiliations and politics in the Black church.
This edition of ReligionLink features experts on racial reconciliation, multi-ethnic churches and racism in sacred spaces.
Jemar Tisby is a historian who studies, writes and speaks on racism in the church. He is the author of The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism.
The Rev. Albert Tate is co-founder and lead pastor of Fellowship Church, a multiethnic house of worship in Monrovia, California.
Dante Stewart is a Christian writer and speaker who often addresses racism in religious spaces. He is pursuing a master’s degree in religion at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta.
Hazen Stevens is co-executive director of the One Race Movement, an Atlanta-based effort to heal racial divides in churches and in society. He also serves as domestic missions director and training pillar at the International House of Prayer in Atlanta. Contact Stevens with the form on One Race’s website.
Taylor Rutland is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dothan, Alabama. He has spoken about the importance of addressing racism as a white pastor.
The Rev. Philip Pinckney is the lead pastor of Radiant Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He is also a church planting associate with the Charleston Baptist Association. In July 2020, Pinckney shared his experiences leading discussions on race in white churches with The Atlantic.