Students with Dr. John Perkins at Perkins Foundation in Jackson, Mississippi.
2022 SPRINT Immersive Engagement
John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation Pilgrimage:
June 16th - June 23rd, 2022
In June 2022, the John Perkins Center took a group of students to our partners at the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation. The group participated on the Perkins Justice Pilgrimage, where they explored Jackson, as well as some important civil rights sites in Mississippi and Alabama. We got to walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge (Selma), worship with 16th Street Baptist Church (Birmingham), and learn from the EJI Legacy Museum (Montgomery). Along with the visits, our team participated in bible studies, devotions, and reflections with the Perkins family and guest facilitators including Jemar Tisby, Dolphus Washington, and Ron Parker.
Two themes stuck out from the trip. One was the idea of proximity as highlighted by Dr. John Perkins’ Christian Community Development principle, Relocation. We learned how to listen, inquire, share, and build relationships while sharing our stories with one another throughout the trip.
The other theme throughout our trip was “One more River to Cross”, a reflection of the oppression God has delivered us from, and providential discernment of how God is calling us to address justice moving forwards. Our facilitators talked about the journey from Slavery to Freedom that ties African-American History to the story of God's people in Exodus.
Overall, this was an incredibly impactful trip as we got to bond with each other, gain relationship with Miss Elizabeth Perkins and our partners at the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation, learn more about the Civil Rights movement, participate in devotionals, and be deeply encouraged and empowered by the previous generations of leaders to mobilize in our own generation. We hope to continue facilitating important trips like these as we engage with community partners, form young leaders, and embody reconciliation.