In August 1952 I was notified of my acceptance as the fifth of the first five black students to be admitted to Perkins as regular students, on the same basis as Perkins’s white students. Perkins led the way as the first major seminary in the South to eliminate segregation. … Perkins made a difference in my life by equipping me to serve rural and urban churches, to be a college pastor and teacher, to hold positions as conference mission executive and staff member of the Board of Evangelism and to extend the ministry and mission of the United Methodist Church as a general agency’s area secretary for Africa.

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