Back in June 2017, my family joined several Messiah College colleagues on a Civil Rights bus tour through the South. Our first stop was Greensboro, North Carolina, where we visited North Carolina A&T State University and the International Civil Rights Center. In 1960, four A&T students desegregated the lunch counter in the Greensboro Woolworths 5&10 store. Today the Greensboro Woolworths is home to the International Civil Rights Center. I wrote about my Civil Rights bus tour here and used much of the material from these posts in the final chapter of Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump.
Yesterday, I was back in Greensboro to give the 56th Annual Ward Lecture at Greensboro College. My topic, as you might expect, was “The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump.” The Ward Lecture is sponsored by the Greensboro College Religion Department and funded by the wonderful Ward family. My opportunity to eat lunch with the Wards was one of highlights of the day.
We had a good turnout for the lecture and a robust Q&A session. It was nice to meet so many Greensboro College students (especially Abby Bugger and Mackenzie Burns) and several folks from the area who are longtime readers of this blog. (I also met the brother of a long-time reader of this blog!).
Thanks to Jason Myers and Dan Malotky of the Greensboro College Religion Department for hosting me. Jason also took me back to the International Civil Rights Center for another tour. I also got to talk with the local NBC station about Believe Me. (See video above). And if you are ever in Greensboro and are looking for a good bed & breakfast, I highly recommend the Double Oaks!
Here are some pics: