John M. Perkins

JVMP Foundation

Dr. John M. Perkins is president of the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development in Jackson, MS, and one of the leading Evangelical voices to come out of the American Civil Rights Movement. Born into Mississippi poverty, the son of a sharecropper, he fled to California at the age of seventeen, vowing never to return after a town marshal murdered his older brother. In 1960, however, 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. Despite being a third grade dropout, Dr. Perkins has been recognized for his work with thirteen honorary doctorates from colleges and universities across the country. He has authored fourteen books including Leadership Revolution; his autobiography, Let Justice Roll Down; and One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race and Love.