Civil Rights Leader Dr. John M. Perkins to Visit Greenville College February 12-13

Published: April 13, 2021

Greenville College is honored to welcome Dr. John M. Perkins onto campus Thursday, Feb. 12 and Friday, Feb. 13. Known as one of the leading evangelical voices to emerge from the American Civil Rights movement, Dr. Perkins has spent over 40 years writing, teaching and speaking on issues of racial reconciliation, leadership and community development. He is the author of nine books including Let Justice Roll Down, A Quiet Revolution, With Justice for All, Hes My Brother and Resurrecting Hope. Perkins holds seven honorary doctorate degrees from universities including Spring Arbor University, North Park University and Wheaton College. He has served on the Board of Directors for World Vision and Prison Fellowship.

We are blessed to have Dr. Perkins on our campus for 2 days and hope that his visit is powerful and transformative for our campus and for all who take part in the conversations that take place during and after his time at Greenville College said Dean of Multicultural Affairs at Greenville College, Pedro Valentin.

During his visit, Dr. Perkins will take part in several activities on the Greenville College campus and in the city of Greenville. His activities on GCs campus will begin on Thursday night in Armington Centerwhere his son, John P. Perkins, President and CEO of the Spencer Perkins Center for Reconciliation and Community Development, will speak in Vespers from 9:30 10:30 p.m. Dr. Perkins will deliver a chapel message, A Biblical Response Towards Race and Reconciliation on Friday morning from 9:30 10:30 a.m. in Whitlock Music Center. Friday afternoon Dr. Perkins will hold a colloquium on his chapel address at 4:30 p.m. in LaDue Auditorium. These events are free and open to the public.

Several activities will also take place off campus in the city of Greenville during and after Dr. Perkins' visit to continue discussions on race and reconciliation throughout Greenville. There will be free showings of the movie Selma at the Globe Theatre on Thursday at 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m. followed by a discussion led by Dr. Perkins at 5:30 p.m. and an additional showing after the discussion at 7 p.m. Selma showings will continue at the Globe Theatre on Friday at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:40 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:40 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 14 there will be a free community breakfast with a follow-up conversation at The Simple Room at 9 a.m. At 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15 there will be a discussion sponsored by the Greenville College Mosaic Diversity Groupand led by GC's Dean of Diversity and Associate Professor of Biology,Dr. Eugene Dunkley, at the Globe Theatre. These events are also free and open to the public.

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