Characters & Experts

We will feature 15 nationally significant experts to unpack what it will take to repair America | The narrative will follow 2 main characters Lisa Sharon Harper and Gregory Thompson as they grapple with the practice of repairing America through the work of reparations.


From Ferguson to New York, Germany, South Africa and Australia, Lisa Sharon Harper leads trainings that increase clergy and community leaders’ capacity to organize people of faith toward a just world. A prolific speaker, writer and activist, Ms. Harper is the founder and president of, a consulting group dedicated to shrinking the narrative gap in our nation by designing forums and experiences that bring common understanding, common commitment and common action.

In 2015, The Huffington Post named Ms. Harper one of 50 powerful women religious leaders to celebrate on International Women’s Day. In 2019, The Religion Communicators Council named a two-part series within Ms. Harper’s monthly Freedom Road Podcast “Best Radio or Podcast Series of The Year”. The series focused on The Roots and Fruits of Immigrant Labor Exploitation in the US. And in 2020, Ms. Harper received The Bridge Award from The Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth and Reconciliation in recognition of her dedication to bridging divides and building the beloved community.


Award winning author, Gregory Thompson Ph.D. (University of Virginia) is an artist of diverse creative background who works at the intersection of moral imagination and social change.

Focusing on matters of race, religion, public memory, and hospitality, Gregory currently serves as Co-Director of Voices Underground, an organization committed to helping local communities recover and honor their African American histories. He is a writer at The Welcome Table with a column on food and culture at Comment Magazine. Additionally, Gregory serves as a line chef at Broadcloth, a restaurant in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is co-creator (with Sho Baraka) of Union: The Musical, a soul and hip-hop based musical about the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Worker’s Strike. Greg is also the co-author (with Reverend Duke Kwon) of Reparations: A Christian Call to Repentance and Repair. He is the co-founder (with Pitmaster Russ Whitfield) of The Welcome Table Supper Club, and producer of the forthcoming documentary film, Repairing America. Currently, Greg is developing Underground, a musical about the Underground Railroad. He is currently writing a work on the role of love in the work of Martin Luther King, Jr.