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Stakes Is High: Race, Faith, and Hope for America
Contact  Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado - Office of Multicultural Affairs • 402.554.2248 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Join pastor, professor, award-winning author, activist, and social commentator, Rev. Michael Waters and hear words of hope and empowerment that have inspired national and international audiences, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 at 6:30 P.M. in CEC 201.

Rev. Waters is the founding pastor of Joy Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Dallas, TX.

Featured in Ebony Magazine among America’s emerging leaders, he has appeared on ABC Nightline, BBC Newsnight, CBS This Morning, C-SPAN, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, MSNBC, National Public Radio, The NBC Nightly News, PBS Newshour, and VICE on HBO. He has also been featured or mentioned in The Associated PressThe Christian CenturyEpitome MagazineFaith and LeadershipGQ MagazineThe Huffington PostPublishers WeeklySojourners Magazine and The Washington Postamong other media outlets. Waters earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees with honors from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Waters is the author of the national award-winning books Freestyle: Reflections on Faith, Family, Justice, and Pop Culture (Upper Room Books, 2014) and Stakes Is High: Race, Faith, and Hope for America (Chalice Press, 2017), winner of the 2018 Wilbur Award in Non-fiction. His forthcoming book For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World will be released in 2019 by Flyaway Books in Partnership with the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Named “Community Leader of the Year” by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, “Pastor of the Year” at the Center for Theological Activism’s Justice Awards, and listed among the Dallas Business Journal’s “40 Under 40,” Waters is a recipient of The White House’s Presidential Youth Service Award, the B’nai B’rith’s Harold M. Kaufman Memorial Award in Social Ethics, and the William K. McElvaney Award in Peace and Justice. He is also the recipient of Southern Methodist University’s Distinguished Alumni Emerging Leader Award, the University’s highest honor.

Location UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center 6400 University Dr S, Omaha, NE 68182, Room 201