Today, Emmanuel Acho is famous for leading the conversation around race and privilege, but did you know that he used to be an NFL linebacker? He played for the Philadelphia Eagles before retiring from football and taking a job as an analyst for Fox Sports 1. It’s always fun to talk to a fellow football player!
Emmanuel Acho was born to Nigerian immigrant parents, and the whole family has been involved in African missions work since Emmanuel was little. Emmanuel’s compassion and desire to do the hard work it takes to help have been ingrained in him his whole life, making him the perfect person to lead the conversation around race relations in America.
In June 2020, Acho launched a video series titled “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man,” which opened a virtual conversation with white America about race relations, racism, and educational and economic inequalities. The show has exploded this year — reaching over 70 million views and widespread media coverage. The series has led to his new New York Times best-selling book under the same title. I know you’re going to want to pick up a copy after listening to this interview!
Emmanuel Acho was also on Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2018, and he runs the non-profit organization Living Hope Christian Ministries with his family. Living Hope Christian Ministries strives to create new medical facilities, schools, orphanages, and more for the people of Nigeria.
I’ve been looking forward to bringing Acho on the show to talk about his success and the work he’s been doing to start uncomfortable but necessary conversations about racial injustice issues in our society. Our conversation was extremely powerful for me, and I believe it will help a lot of you as well. If you’re ready to dive into an uncomfortable conversation with a black man, join me on Episode 1,039 with Emmanuel Acho!