This podcast is an audio companion to the book, Can I Get a Witness? Thirteen Peacemakers, Community Builders, and Agitators for Faith & Justice. In each episode of this podcast, host Shea Tuttle talks with one of our authors about the person they profiled for the book and about their writing process. These twelve podcasts are a great companion to the book, illuminating new insights and untold stories. Journey with the authors as they explain their personal connection with these witnesses and how these stories transformed their lives.
Daniel P. Rhodes discusses Cesar Chavez, who organized farmworkers through strikes, boycotts, and pickets—and through less common organizing practices such as Eucharist, fasting, and pilgrimage.
Donyelle McCray discusses Howard Thurman, civil rights leader, preacher, writer, mystic and thinker who was a mentor to Dr. King and the founder of the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples.
Grace Y. Kao reflects on Yuri Kochiyama, an activist known for her cross-racial solidarity work on causes such as reparations, Puerto Rican independence, and black nationalism.
Peter Slade discusses Howard Kester, an activist and organizer known for his work with the Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union and for the reports he wrote on his investigations of lynchings, which helped to put an end to festival lynching in the American South.
Nichole M. Flores shares her research and reflections on Ella Baker, a civil rights activist and organizer whose work in the civil rights movement focused on empowering the poor and the young.
Carlene Bauer discusses Dorothy Day, a writer, editor, journalist, and activist best known for being one of the founders of the Catholic Worker movement.
Heather A. Warren reflects on John A. Ryan, a Catholic priest who worked for labor reform and coined the phrase “a living wage” in the early 1900s.
Becca Stevens shares her insights on William Stringfellow, an activist, writer, and lawyer whose prophetic voice called the church—and many other institutions—to accountability.
W. Ralph Eubanks discusses Mahalia Jackson, the great gospel singer who was a tenacious, savvy, quiet witness for justice.
Soong-Chan Rah reflects on Richard Twiss, a Native American writer, speaker, scholar, and activist, whose witness to Evangelicals (and beyond) critiqued prevailing understandings of Native communities.
David Dark shares his research and reflections on Daniel Berrigan, a Catholic priest and anti-war activist best known for being a participant in the Catonsville Nine action when Catholic activists burned draft files in protest of the Vietnam War.
M. Therese Lysaught discusses Mary Stella Simpson, a Catholic sister and midwife who transformed maternity care in the United States and took her healing work to the Jim Crow-ravaged town of Mound Bayou, Mississippi, where she cheerfully and unrelentingly worked for change.