Bill Crouch, Georgetown College (#525)
Bill Crouch, president of Georgetown College and co-author of What We Love About the Black Church: Can We Get a Witness?, discusses how white clergy can connect with the black church and why it is important.
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As president of Georgetown College, Bill Crouch led the school's effort to attract and retain minority students by first immersing himself in African-American culture. A diversity plan was developed, and the percentage of students of color at Georgetown increased from 3 percent in 2005 to 10 percent in 2009.
As co-author with Joel Gregory of What We Love about the Black Church, Crouch describes his experiences in the black church and what white churches can learn from black churches. Topics in the book include the black churches' legacy of preaching and social justice, as well as traditions of mentoring ministers, honoring elders, and hospitality.
Read Crouch's address to the Louisville chamber of commerce in 2008 to learn more about the diversity program at Georgetown.