MLK Jr. Holiday Observed with Distinguished Guest at JBU

Siloam Springs, Ark. (January 14, 2008) — The Center for Relationship Enrichment and the office of Christian Formation at John Brown University will welcome distinguished author and speaker Dr. John Perkins as guest chapel speaker Monday, Jan. 21 at 10:00 a.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 10:30 a.m. Dr. Perkins is the founder and president of the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development, which focuses on the education and discipleship of youth. The foundation was started in 1983 in hopes of advancing the principles of Christian community development and racial reconciliation throughout the world. The foundation provides education, encouragement, development, training, and helps improve the living conditions to countless underprivileged people. “In the close to 40 years that I have known Dr. John Perkins I have seen a man who has, at enormous personal cost, consistently demonstrated courage, character, integrity, vision, a passion for the poor and a heart for reconciliation” said Dr. Gary Oliver, executive director for the Center for Relationship Enrichment. In the late sixties Oliver worked with Perkins on a project in Mississippi, and Oliver says he saw first hand the difference one grace-filled person can make in the face of bitterness, hatred and rabid racism. “Dr. Perkins has been accurately referred to as ‘one of our living heroes of the civil rights era who walked into the wilderness of racism and ignorance to minister to the poor and speak on the issues of racial reconciliation.’ It is a great honor to have my personal friend and a man of his stature as our guest at John Brown University,” Oliver said. The Center for Relationship Enrichment at JBU was founded in 1998. The Center’s mission is to educate, equip and enrich people for developing healthy relationships through consulting, education, enrichment, resources, research and assessment.