This August – and every August – Michael Brown, Jr. and Ferguson, Missouri are heavy on my mind. August 9th was the anniversary of Mike’s death to police-sanctioned violence. My flesh recalls the uprising that followed and the demands of young activists that those of us in faith leadership positions show up in the streets of Ferguson, and stand up for all Black Lives.
As we navigate through a global pandemic; and as the weight of police-sanctioned murder of Black people still presses on us – Ferguson is still teaching us. This podcast was born out of our experiences in Ferguson and one of our earliest guests was Dr. Leah Gunning Francis, author of the book “Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community.” This week, we are re-releasing my conversation with Dr. Leah.Dr. Gunning Francis’s new book “Faith after Ferguson” was released on August 17th. We invite you to check out her new book and to revisit this conversation with Dr. Leah Gunning Francis.