Dr. Grady S. “Mack” McCarter III, founder and coordinator of Community Renewal International in Shreveport, Louisiana, will be the featured guest interviewed by Dr. Nathaniel Perez, director of the Nyack College Center for Racial Reconciliation (CRR). Video of their conversation can be viewed on the CRR website.
Dr. McCarter’s advocacy for building community is reminiscent of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision for the “beloved community,” based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one’s fellow human beings. This virtual meeting between Dr. McCarter and Dr. Perez comes at a time when our nation celebrates the life of Dr. King and his “dream.”
In May 2019, Nyack presented Dr. McCarter with an honorary Doctor of Letters degree and inducted him into the President’s Hall of Distinction acknowledging his leadership and mission of building community. CRI has been recognized both nationally and internationally as a model for reconstructing both the foundation as well as the actual infrastructure of society through developing a system of loving relationships. He was a featured story last summer on “CBS News Sunday Morning.”
An ordained minister of the Disciples of Christ Christian Church denomination, Mack McCarter pastored churches in Texas for nearly two decades before pursuing his vision for community renewal. In 1991, he returned to his hometown of Shreveport to develop a method for renewing lives and whole cities by restoring the relational foundation upon which all communities rest. With the unmatchable support of his wife, Judy, along with many friends and patrons, Community Renewal International was launched.
Be sure to check out this important and timely conversation which exemplifies Nyack’s commitment to being a leader in the charge for justice and reconciliation in the local community, in our nation and around the world.