Interviews

How Far to the Promised Land with Esau McCaulley

How Far to the Promised Land with Esau McCaulley

In a country that highly values “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps,” and the underdog, author Esau McCaulley questions the narrative that we achieve entirely on our own, and asks why our society requires exceptionalism from Black people. In this powerful conversation about his new book, How Far to the Promised Land, Esau shares how it’s vital to understand how the stories of our ancestors – though they might seem insignificant – impact and shape generations to come.

Special thanks to our guest, Esau McCaulley, for joining us today.

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  • Host and Executive Producer: Sharon McMahon
  • Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder
  • Production Coordinator: Andrea Champoux

Guest

Guest

Rev. Esau McCaulley

Esau McCaulley is associate professor of New Testament at Wheaton College and theologian in residence at Progressive Baptist Church, a historically Black congregation in Chicago. He is the author of the award-winning book Reading While Black and the children’s book Josey Johnson’s Hair and the Holy Spirit. He is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. His writings have also appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and Christianity Today. His new book, How Far to the Promised Land, releases in September 2023 from Convergent/Random House.