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Collection 366 Oral History Interview with Lemuel Tucker

Identifier: CN 366

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview with Lemuel Simpson Tucker (1952-1989)in which he describes his childhood and family, spiritual growth, education, leadership of Voice of Calvary Ministries (VOCM), John Perkins, VOCM's ministry in Jackson, Mississippi, evangelism in the African American community, Mendenhall Ministries, and racial conditions in Mississippi. Other topics discussed include the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's 1975 Deep South Crusade in Jackson; racism in America; the African American church; America's white church; and Voice of Calvary's impact on the Jackson community. The time period covered by the interview is 1952-1987.

Lem Tucker was interviewed by Paul Ericksen on June 18, 1987 at the Voice of Calvary Ministries' International Study Center in Jackson, Mississippi.


  • Created: 1987

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Biographical or Historical Information

Full Name: Lemuel Simpson Tucker

Birth Date: February 27, 1952, in Norfolk, Virginia.

Death Date: After being diagnosed with cancer (American Burkitt's Lymphoma) in mid-March 1989, Tucker died on June 16, 1989, being survived by his wife


Parents: names not known, both teachers

Siblings: Second of two children

Marital Status: Married Eleanor Tucker

Conversion: In 1969 while a college freshman


1969 Graduated from high school

1969-1974 Graduated from the College of William and Mary, BA in psychology

1974-1977 Graduated from Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia , MDiv


1977 Executive Director of Voice of Calvary Ministries' International Study Center, and simultaneously as Inter-Varsity staff on the Jackson State campus

1979 Executive director for Voice of Calvary Ministries

1981 President of Voice of Calvary Ministries, from which he oversaw the development of Voice of Calvary's administrative structure

Other significant information: First met John Perkins during a National Black Evangelical Association Conference, and then again when they were both featured plenary speakers at Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship's Urbana '76

Note written by 85 minutes


2.00 Audio Tapes

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Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Lemuel Tucker in June 1987.

Acc. 87-75

April 10, 1990

Paul A. Ericksen

C. Easley

Collection 366 Oral History Interview with Lemuel Tucker
Paul Ericksen
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Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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