John M. Perkins is an American civil rights leader. Born 1930 in Mississippi to a sharecropper, he grew up in the dire poverty and bitter racism of the time. At the age of 17, his older brother was murdered at the hands of a town marshall, so he fled the state vowing never to return. Yet in 1960, Dr. Perkins and his wife, Vera Mae Perkins, felt compelled to go back to help the poor in rural Mississippi.
“His life is living proof that love does conquer all, including violence and hatred. Love is the final fight.”
– Jon Foreman of Switchfoot