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This is my book for February Black History Month.
John M. Perkin’s brother returned home from serving in the Army in World War II. He was murdered by a white deputy marshal in Mississippi, because he was talking too loudly with his girlfriend while waiting for a movie to begin. The deputy was not charged with a crime. Perkins and his brother were raised by his grandmother and aunt. Their father had abandoned them.
Perkins was drafted into the Army, and while serving in Korea he applied himself to his education. After the service, he married Vera Mae and moved to California where they had a son, Spencer. Perkins joined the ministry and moved back to Mississippi. It was difficult for them to return to the racism, poverty and ignorance of the area. They started an evangelistic movement, health care facilities, an adult education center, along with a co-operative. They began a voter registration drive which resulted with him being severely beaten by a deputy sheriff and a Mississippi highway patrol officer. The police officers were not charged with a crime. But they continued their Civil Right Movement involvement.
The book is well written and quite interesting. Perkins is a gifted storyteller. He tells of the founding of the Voice of Calvary Ministries as well as their Civil Rights work. In the book, he analyses prejudice, racism and social justice. The book was first published in 1976. The foreword is by Shane Clairborne and the postscript is by Elizabeth Perkins, his daughter.
The book is about 6 hours long. Calvin Robinson does a good job narrating the book.
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The reality of our past influences our future. The reality of my past hasn’t informed me of the complete truth and impact of our American history. This truth had left me without and understanding of white and black racial divides. This book has and does help show the reasons for these and the implications of these traumas which were endured. I so desire to better understand the why’s of our culture and so appreciate hero’s like John Perkins sharing and teaching us as we seek to love one another and guide our nation in unity!