Tom Skinner's Urbana 70 Address: 'Racism and World Evangelism'

Tom Skinner preaching at Urbana 70

Tom Skinner's Urbana 70 Address: 'Racism and World Evangelism'

A powerful, prophetic message, both then and now

In 1970, Evangelist Tom Skinner gave a keynote address at the Urbana 70 Student Missions Conference where he called for a radical, just Christianity that set people free both spiritually and physically. He powerfully spoke into the climate of protest, activism of that student generation and was a major catalyst in InterVarsity's racial journey and the development of Black Campus Ministry.

Over four decades later, Skinner's words still ring with prophetic clarity today. 

This is a significant and helpful clip for anyone interested in the connection between racial justice, evangelism and missions.

For the full transcript, click here.


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Tom Skinner was one of the most powerful messengers of the 20th century. Thousands of people have had their lives changed as a result of exposure to his unique message of hope, renewal, reconciliation, and personal motivation. Tom Skinner was born and raised in Harlem in the city of New York. As a former street gang leader, his life was radically transformed by the power of God. He brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to his teaching. He traveled the world over to counsel with leaders in government, business, sports and education. For over eight years, he served as the chaplain to the Washington Redskins football team. He also served as team motivator for the New York Yankees, the New York Giants, and the New York Jets. Unsatisfied with the injustice of the educational system, Tom established a high technology learning center which served over 300 inner city youth and adults in Newark, New Jersey. God's investment in Tom has born much fruit as people who were taught and inspired by him are now teaching others. Tom passed in June 1994. Yet, his legacy continues through the work of Skinner Leadership Institute, a ministry he co-founded with his wife Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner; through his writings, video and audio messages; and through the lives of current, emerging, student and urban youth leaders who are making a positive difference in our world today.

- Adapted from the Skinner Leadership Institute