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Collection 362 Records of Voice of Calvary Ministries

Identifier: CN-362

Scope and Contents

Administrative correspondence, memos, reports, photographs and other material, relating to VOCM's evangelistic ministry in a context of holistic community development, economic redistribution, and racial reconciliation, primarily from the mid-1970s to 1986 in Mendenhall and Jackson, Mississippi, and nearby rural communities.

The collection especially describes the operation of the organization, the fund raising for and promotion of its work, and the educational and training program of its International Study Center.  Photographs depict a wide variety of activities, VOCM staff, and the African American community in both rural Mississippi and urban Jackson.


  • Created: 1969-1986

Biographical or Historical Information

African American-operated interdenominational agency emphasizing evangelism in a context of wholistic community development, economic redistribution, and racial reconciliation; formed by John Perkins in rural Mississippi, 1960; Perkins began developing housing, thrift store and agricultural cooperatives, 1967-1970; Perkins arrested and almost beaten to death, 1970; Perkins relocated to Jackson, 1971; first volunteer summer groups came to Mendenhall, 1971; headquarters relocated to Jackson, 1974; quarterly periodical A QUIET REVOLUTION first published, 1975; Mendenhall operation split off as a separate organization named Voice of Calvary - Mendenhall (later The Mendenhall Ministries), 1978; Lem Tucker became president (1981); Perkins relocated to Pasadena to establish Harambee Christian Family Center and John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development, 1982; affiliated ministries developed:  Mendenhall health clinic (1973), Peoples Development, Inc. (1974), Mendenhall thrift store (1977), Herbert R. Jones Christian Youth Center (1978), International Study Center (1978), New Hebron Tri-County Community Health Center (1979), Jackson Family Health Center (1980); Christian Community Development workshops started, 1981.


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Collection 362 Records of Voice of Calvary Ministries
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Repository Details

Part of the Billy Graham Center Archives Repository

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