Improving Student and Police Interaction on Historically Black Colleges and Universities Speaker Bio: Dr. Virgil A. Wood

Dr. Virgil A. Wood, Luncheon Speaker- Church leader, educator, and civil rights activist has committed much of his life’s work to the struggle for economic, educational and spiritual development among the nation’s disadvantaged. A Pastor for over 50 years in the states of Virginia, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, he retired from active Pastoral Ministry in 2005, and became a resident of Pearland, Texas. Having served with Martin Luther King, Jr., as a member of his National Executive Board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for the last ten years of Dr. King’s life and work, he coordinated the State of Virginia in the Historic March on Washington April 28, 1963. He received his Doctorate in Education from Harvard University, his M.Div. From Andover Newton Theological, and his undergraduate degree from Virginia Union University. 

Dr. Wood also served as a panelist and member of three White House Conferences under the Johnson, Nixon, and Carter Administrations. In retirement, he continues to work in cities across the country in a movement he co-founded, RESTORATION JUBILLE, whose major mission is to reverse the jail train and jump start viable economies. 

Among his publications are Introduction to Black Church Economic Studies, (Sparks Press: Raleigh, North Carolina, 1974), contributing editor, The Jubilee Bible (American Bible Society: New York, 1999, reissued in 2012; and author, In Love We Trust: Lessons I Learned from Martin Luther King, (Beckham House, Silver Spring, Maryland, 2005). 

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