Spencer Perkins

Mr. Spencer Perkins

African American racial reconciler Spencer Perkins, son of Vera Mae and John Perkins, inspired the family to begin attending church together in 1957. This ultimately led the family to return to Mississippi, where, through their work in the church with poor communities, they eventually became involved in the Civil Rights Movement. After attending college, Spencer Perkins settled in Jackson, Mississippi, where he helped his parents start urban programs for Voice of Calvary Ministries (VOCM) and led the Antioch Community, an integrated Christian group home. In addition to running Urban Family, a magazine devoted to racial reconciliation and urban healing, Perkins and fellow reconciler Chris Rice co-authored the influential book, More Than Equals: Racial Healing for the Sake of the Gospel, and lectured on college campuses and church groups on Christian community and race relations. Perkins died of heart failure 1998 at age 43.

Quotes from interviews with this actor are listed below. To see excerpts from interview transcripts, click on the associated Excerpts link below each quote.

"I think what ended up getting our family involved in the civil rights movement was the way we looked at the scripture and the heavy emphasis on God's concern for the poor and on justice. "
"They saw no contradictions in how they treated me and Christianity."
"The churches were a bastion of segregation."

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