Conference Speaker Profile
John M. Perkins was born into Mississippi poverty, the son of a sharecropper. He fled to California at 17, vowing never to return, after his older brother was murdered by a town marshal. In 1960 he accepted Christ and returned to his boyhood home to share the gospel of Christ with those still living in the region. His outspoken support and leadership role in civil rights demonstrations resulted in repeated harassment, imprisonment, and beatings. Today, Dr. Perkins is president of John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development of Jackson, Mississippi. He is one of the leading evangelical voices to come out of the American civil rights movement.