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Latasha Morrison

Founder of Be the Bridge and certified trainer in cultural intelligence and unconscious bias

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  • About Latasha Morrison

    Latasha Morrison is the founder of Be the Bridge, a nonprofit organization that aims to raise awareness of racial inequality and systemic injustice in the United States by focusing on actions for justice, reconciliation, and unity. Working with more than 600 churches and ministries, Be the Bridge trains ambassadors to educate, start respectful discussions, and build interracial and cross-cultural relationships. Morrison, a certified trainer in cultural intelligence and unconscious bias, was selected for a residency with Facebook’s Inaugural Community Leadership Program in September 2020 for her “ability to transform the way people support each other through community.” Be The Bridge’s Facebook group, founded in 2015 with about 70 members, now has an online community of over 72,000 members in 48 states, providing a safe and positive space to ask questions and understand the racial disparities and injustices.

    Morrison is also the New York Times-bestselling author of Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation, a compelling book that details her experience as a Black woman at the intersection of race and faith. Examining the historical complexities of racism, she addresses the deep-rooted, structural racism in government, economic institutions, and religious organizations. Using biblical principles and drawing from her personal experience, she provides the tools to have difficult conversations about implicit racial bias, challenge systemic racism, and build relationships and deeper understanding in the midst of a divisive culture.

    A leading advocate for racial reconciliation, Morrison is a compelling and dynamic speaker that has given talks and provided workshops across the country at churches, Christian groups, schools, colleges, universities, and corporations. She has also spoken on these topics at The Justice Conference, Youth Specialties, Catalyst, Orange Conference, MOPS International, among others. Ebony Magazine recognized her as one of their 2017 Power 100 for her work as a community crusader.

  • Speaking Topics

    Cultural Competency

    Latasha Morrison works with both small and large companies, providing one-on-one cultural competency coaching to high-impact leaders to help recruit and retain a diverse staff. Through regular accountability sessions, she assists leaders in reflecting on how they and their organizations have handled situations in the past and empowers them to make better decisions in the future.

    Training

    In her dynamic and interactive workshops, Latasha Morrison trains staff members on cultural intelligence, antiracism, and implicit bias. She provides the groundwork in making the organization a welcoming and inclusive place, where employees feel seen, heard, and valued.

    Consulting

    Latasha Morrison assists companies in developing an antiracist, more empathic organization. She audits organizations, develops a tailored strategic plan for developing cultural competency, and equips leaders to be the change they want to see.

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  • Praise for Latasha Morrison

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    Tasha’s training has made our team completely different – not just in how we work together and fight for racial reconciliation, but how we as individuals view our lives and relationships.

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    The material was rich and expansive yet didn’t feel overwhelming, mostly because Latasha was so clearly for us. She spoke encouragement over us at each step in the process, through the training and then follow up Zoom conferences.

    The Family Church 
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    She provided great historical learning, personal stories, and interactive activities that challenged us and brought on hard conversations for each of us personally, and as employees of an international nonprofit.

    MOPS International

    Praise for Be the Bridge

    When it comes to the intersection of race, privilege, justice, and the church, Tasha is without question my best teacher. Be the Bridge is THE tool I wish to put in every set of hands. Put frankly, if we followed the path she writes about, the path of humility and repentance, courage and action, we would see the end of racism. It really is that simple. Tasha is one of the most important leaders in my generation.

    Jen Hatmaker, New York Times best-selling author of For the Love and Of Mess and Moxie

    This book is a must-read primer for anyone seeking to be a peacemaker rather than just a peacekeeper. Latasha Morrison equips and encourages us to do the difficult but necessary work of dismantling the walls of systemic racism, confronting implicit racial bias while establishing an anti-racist purpose. For those wanting to understand and embody the deeply woven fabric of racial reconciliation and anti-racism work, this book will expose, educate, elucidate, and ultimately make you an intentionally conscientious neighbor.

    Pastor Darryl Ford, Ikon Community Church

    When I want to know how to do the hard work of reconciliation and peacemaking, Latasha Morrison is one of the first people I go to. She’s introduced me to a new way of thinking while bringing together people of different perspectives, opinions, and histories. When she calls us to be a bridge to connect people to people, her challenge is more powerful, because she’s already been the bridge that has gotten us this far.

    Reggie Joiner, founder and CEO of Orange

    Through Be the Bridge, Latasha Morrison offers a feast to the body of Christ. Vivid storytelling combines with sharp exegesis to draw readers onto the bridge of racial healing and justice. There, Morrison calls the body to face the truth—the whole truth and nothing but the truth. She does not pull punches. She does not make it pretty. Yet, this consummate bridge-builder lays foundations that hold the tension—and hold us together on the journey toward God’s kind of love.

    Lisa Sharon Harper, president and founder of FreedomRoad and author of The Very Good Gospel

    I have known Latasha Morrison for over for a decade. Her commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and unity is unparalleled. Her extraordinary new book, Be the Bridge, is the blueprint the Christian church has been waiting for.

    Lee Allen Jenkins, author, speaker, and senior pastor of Eagles Nest Church

    Tasha Morrison gives us much needed guidance in this book on how to explore the tough dynamics of race, identity, and culture that doesn’t focus on simple, shallow solutions but helps us see in profound ways how we can transform ourselves and thus our communities in the way we act and think about race. Tasha masterfully weaves together her personal stories and experiences with history to make us aware of the human impact of racism—and then gives us the tools to respond. Tackling issues of race can seem daunting and overwhelming, but by providing us practical steps to engage laced in grace, truth, and mutuality, Tasha meets us where we are and helps us become better-formed disciples of Jesus to pursue a more holistic vision of the Good News for all people.

    Jenny Yang, vice president of advocacy and policy at World Relief

    Tasha Morrison has been an encourager, a trustworthy friend, and profound teacher to me over the past few years. Through this book, she can be that to you as well. Her words are full of truth and love, and will cause you to stop and wrestle with your own biased ideas and perspectives that may otherwise go unchallenged. I’m adding this book to my ‘everyone that loves Jesus should read this’ list!

    Jamie Ivey, bestselling author of If You Only Knew and host of The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey podcast

    Be the Bridge is essential reading for everyone. With great courage and compassion Latasha chose to pursue conversations on race and racial equity and in doing so birthed a global movement that reached beyond church walls and is touching society. Her work is vital because responding to racism and racial division—in our schools, businesses, communities, politics and yes even our churches—is something that we all desperately need to do. Our future depends on it. This phenomenal book is a message, a model and a mentor for exploring how to pursue justice and racial unity in the light of the gospel. It has the potential to change your life and transform your community. Buy it immediately, and join in.

    Jo Saxton, co-host of Lead Stories Podcast and author of The Dream of You

    Latasha Morrison is a champion of racial reconciliation and an advocate for racial justice. Through her words and her life, she exemplifies why we must face the hard truths of history in order to affect change in the present and build a better future. Allow Latasha’s words to challenge you, encourage you to question, and inspire you to be a bridge builder.

    Amena Brown, author of How to Fix a Broken Record and host of HER with Amena Brown podcast 

    Tasha Morrison has the remarkable ability to listen with compassion and cast vision about the preferred future. Her serving on staff with us at Gateway Church in Austin shifted the trajectory of our church family. Now you can discover how to Be the Bridge through her thoughtful, insightful, and practical book. The world needs more Tasha Morrisons, and her book can help us make progress towards the multiethnic kingdom of God.

    —Dr. Eric Bryant, campus pastor at Gateway Church, South Austin, and author of >em>Not Like Me
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