I Ain’t Comin’ Back
What did rural Mississippi in the 1960s have to offer a young black man? He could stay in the system. Live with poverty. Sweat in the cotton fields. He could protest, but involvement meant danger. Or, he could leave. That was Dolphus Weary’s dream. “Someday, I’m leavin’ Mississippi, and I ain’t never comin’ back!”
So, he left. He went to an all-white college in California. He was accepted there, despite struggles. He married a wonderful woman and was free of Mississippi. However, God had plans. Dolphus had broken free, but most other blacks hadn’t. They needed help to break the patterns of poverty and discrimination. They needed a ministry that would reach out to them. This is that story.
Crossing The Tracks
Growing up in rural Mississippi, Dolphus Weary learned that if poverty, hunger, and disease didn’t kill him, racism, bigotry, or the Klan just might. After trying to outrun the racial discord of his youth, Dolphus returned to his hometown–to the city where the railroad tracks not only separate economic classes but also represent a divide in the church. Now the founder and part-time president of R.E.A.L. (Rural Education and Leadership) Christian Foundation, Weary works to promote productuve dialogue, greater understanding, and ultimately racial reconciliation. His journey out of physical, emotional, and spiritual poverty will challenge you to cross the racial divides in your own community and discover what it really means to serve one another.
Don’t Throw The Flag Too Soon
Dr. Joe A. Haynes
Don’t Throw the Flag Too Soon is a book about taking the opportunity to correct our poor decisions in a meaningful way–in the game of life or in any setting. Author Dr. Haynes attributes his success in his life of sports and education to the many mentors, friends, and family who helped him along his journey. This book pays homage to those individuals who didn’t throw in the flag on him due to any of his shortcomings, thereby making it possible for him to achieve success.
Stepping Out From The Shadows
Rosie Camper Weary
“These are the stories I need to tell…”
From a childhood in extreme rural poverty through the turmoil of the Civil Rights Era in her native Mississippi, Rosie Weary invites us into her life to see the world from the point of view of an African-American woman whose struggles and faith in God have earned her the respect and love of people around the world. Her dreams of becoming a model and never returning to the poverty of her childhood were put aside as she and her husband, Dolphus, felt God’s call to serve those still living lives of desperation and fear. She found joy in a God whose love pierces the shadows of our society.
Let Justice Roll Down
John Perkins, founder of Voice of Calvary Ministries, was born in New Hebron, Mississippi in 1930. His family were sharecroppers and he grew up in grinding poverty, part of a system that preserved prejudice and racism. After his bother was killed, Perkins left Mississippi for California, where he found faith in Jesus Christ.
He returned to Mississippi to share the gospel and help his own people find equality, justice, and economic independence through self-help cooperative efforts. He made progress. He went through discrimination, and at one point, a night of brutal abuse and torture at the hands of police. Yet he survived and never gave up on his mission.