The Rev. Jim Wallis is the founder of Sojourners, a Christian community dedicated to social justice. He’s also the author of twelve books on religion and politics. He stopped by the StoryCorps booth in Chicago recently to talk about his latest book, “America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America.”
Wallis is white and had few black friends growing up. But one of the African-American friends he did have made a lasting impression on him.
This story was produced through a partnership between StoryCorps and the Chicago Community Trust.
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