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John Perkins to speak May 20-22

Join a weekend with Dr. John M. Perkins on "Changing the Conversation on Racial Reconciliation".  Dr. Perkins is a civil rights, leadership, and community development activist, as well as the Co-founder of the Christian Community Development Association.  He was born into Mississippi poverty, the son of a sharecropper.  He fled to California when he was 17 after his older brother was murdered by a town marshal.  He later returned to his boyhood home.  His outspoken support and leadership role in civil rights demonstrations resulted in repeated harassment, imprisonment, and beatings.  Today Dr. Perkins is president of the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation of Jackson, Mississippi and is the author of nine books.  He is an international speaker and teacher on issues of racial reconciliation, leadership and community development.

Shirley and Don Birt will be attending the Saturday, May 21 session, and would be glad to meet you there or carpool from Holly Springs.  Contact them to make arrangements.

The weekend schedule includes:

Friday, May 20: Dinner and conversation with Dr. Perkins at Christ Our King Community Church, Raleigh, 6:00 p.m. (Cost: $10.00)

Saturday, May 21: Sessions on "A Historical Perspective of Raleigh" with Dr. David Forbes, "How Now Do We Live?",  and "A Call to Action".  Edenton Street UMC, Raleigh, 9:00 to 2:00. (Cost: $15.00)

Sunday, May 22: Joint Worship Service with Dr. Perkins speaking, Mt. Sinai Holy Church and Redeemer Anglican Church, 301 S. Swain Street, Raleigh, 10:30 a.m.

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- submitted by Economic Justice Task Force