GC Welcomes Civil Rights Leader

Dr. John M. Perkins

Greenville College welcomed Dr. John M. Perkins to campus Thursday. Perkins will continue his visit Friday.

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.

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 GC’s campus will begin on Thursday night in Armington Center where 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 3:30 p.m. in LaDue Auditorium. These events are free and open to the public.

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 9 a.m., 1:20, 1:40, and 9:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:40 and 9:30 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 Group at the Globe Theatre. These events are also free and open to the public.