Civil Rights Activist to Speak at Christ Presbyterian Academy

civil rights activist dr john perkins at cpa

Christ Presbyterian Academy is pleased to announce that Dr. John M. Perkins will speak at Perspectives: A Community Gathering for the City on April 6, 2018. Perkins is a leading evangelical voice in the civil rights movement and has been recognized internationally as an author and speaker on issues of racial reconciliation and Christian leadership.

Born in Mississippi as the son of an impoverished sharecropper, Perkins’ adolescent life was marked by the cruelties of racism. His mother died of starvation, his brother was murdered by local law enforcement, and Perkins himself was harassed, beaten, and eventually imprisoned for his outspoken support and leadership in the civil rights movement.

Perkins has spent his career sharing these stories and working tirelessly to bring a voice to gospel-centered change in America. He is the author of nine books including A Quiet RevolutionLet Justice Roll Down, and A Time to Heal. Despite dropping out of school in the third grade Perkins has received honorary doctorates from eight universities.

Today, Perkins is president of the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation of Jackson, Miss.

“We are incredibly honored to host Dr. Perkins for this event. His story and his work hold potent messages of love and forgiveness in the face of unspeakable hatred. We look forward to listening and engaging in his active movement for justice and reconciliation,” says CPA Academic Dean Dr. Dawn Ruff.

The event will take place on Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m., at Christ Presbyterian Academy in the church Sanctuary. Tickets are free of charge and open to the community. Register here.

Christ Presbyterian Academy is located at 2323 Old Hickory Blvd A, Nashville, TN 37215.