Racial reconciliation advocates to speak

Dr. Dolphus Weary, a nationally known racial reconciliation advocate, and his wife, Dr. Rosie Weary, will visit Northwestern College and speak in Christ Chapel at 10:05 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 26, and at 11:05 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27. The couple will also address students, faculty and staff in a variety of classes and venues.

In 1990 Dolphus Weary wrote a book, I Ain’t Comin’ Back, that tells his life story of growing up among racism and poverty in rural Mississippi and how he ultimately chose to return to his native state to work for change. Weary was one of the first black graduates of Los Angeles Baptist College in 1969. He has also earned master’s degrees in Christian education and educational administration, as well as a doctorate in ministry.

Weary worked with Mendenhall Ministries, a multi-faceted Christian community development agency, for over 25 years. He is now the part-time president of Rural Education and Leadership Christian Foundation, which seeks to connect economic and technical resources with rural Christian ministries, and is the major fundraiser for Mission Mississippi, a racial reconciliation ministry encouraging unity within the body of Christ.

The recipient of four honorary doctoral degrees, Weary serves on the boards of the Christian Community Development Association, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and WorldVision.