Let Justice Roll On: The Life and Legacy of John M. Perkins

This new documentary about John M. Perkins is now available. See the film trailer now and order your copy.

Listen to "The Sound"

Internationally known alternative-rock band Switchfoot paid tribute to John Perkins in their video and song titled "The Sound (John M. Perkins' Blues)." Lead singer Jon Foreman writes, "This video is a tribute to his compassionate commitment to love the oppressed and the oppressor."  Watch the music video.

About Dr. John Perkins


John Perkins in Seattle
Dr. Perkins has had a long-term relationship with Seattle. He first spoke at SPU in 1977.

John M. Perkins 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.


Although Dr. Perkins vowed never to return, in 1960 after he accepted Christ, he returned to his boyhood home to share the gospel of Christ with those still living in the region. 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. He is one of the leading evangelical voices to come out of the American civil rights movement. He is also an internationally known author, speaker, and teacher on issues of racial reconciliation and Christian community development.

Despite dropping out of school in the third grade, Dr. Perkins is an author and international speaker and teacher on issues of racial reconciliation, leadership, and community development. For his tireless work, he received honorary doctorates from Wheaton College, Gordon College, Huntington College, Geneva College, Spring Arbor University, North Park College, and Belhaven College. In 2006, he was named distinguished visiting professor at Seattle Pacific University.

Let Justice Roll Down by John Perkins He is the author of nine books including A Quiet Revolution, Let Justice Roll Down, With Justice For All, Beyond Charity, He’s My Brother, Resurrecting Hope, and A Time to Heal. He has written numerous chapters in other books. John Perkins formally served on the board of directors of World Vision, Prison Fellowship, National Association of Evangelicals, Spring Arbor University, as well as 15 other boards.

In 2004, Perkins partnered with Seattle Pacific University to launch the campus-based John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development.

The Center is a first-of-its-kind partnership and what Dr. Perkins describes as “the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.”

John  PerkinsiTunes U SPU Classics: A Quiet Revolution
Thirty years ago, John Perkins visited the SPU campus to share his personal faith journey and views on the role of churches in serving their neighborhoods. April 5, 1978. (44:42)

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