Day 2: John M. Perkins

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Notable Quote: “You don’t give people dignity, you affirm it.”

perkins_G1_400x400Background: Dr. Perkins is a bit more modern than our activist from yesterday. He was born in 1930 in Mississippi to a family of sharecroppers. At age 27, he decided to move to South Carolina. In an effort to help their neighbors, Dr. Perkins and his wife, Vera, opened a day care that focused on Bible literacy and evangelism.

Activism: In the late 60s and early 70s, Dr. Perkins began to shift his work towards economic and social change. He emerged as a leader in the boycott of many whites only businesses and pushed for voting rights for Black Americans. He broke down his philosophy of ministry into 3 Rs: Relocation, Redistribution, and Reconciliation, which he wrote about in his book, A Quiet Revolution.

Why I Admire Him: Dr. Perkins took a gospel centered and hollistic approach to activism. He believed in racial reconciliation and recognized a need for change in the hearts of individuals, as well as the laws and behavior of society.

A song that reminds me of him: The Sound by Switchfoot

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