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Proctor's odyssey is a powerful call for developing a personal and community moral consciousness. He highlights the role of the family in developing moral standards; the importance of believing in a world of purpose, conscience, and religion; moral consciousness in national and international affairs; and more.
Book cover image courtesy of Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.
"Samuel Proctor's book, My Moral Odyssey, provides much food for thought. When looking at the changes that have occurred in American society since the early 1900's what should have been apparent all along finally becomes clear, providing very plausible reasons for the violence, the cheating, the laziness. . .it all makes sense. And once you see the causes, the remedy becomes obvious. For those brave enough to have their own values and lifestyle challenged, this is a great read. I highly recommend it to everyone, especially parents, educators and anyone who cares about the direction our society is headed." Terry L. Whitley, Ada, MI, as reviewed on Amazon.com
Reverend Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor (1921-1997) was Pastor Emeritus of the Abyssinian Baptist Church of New York City and Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University. Dr. Proctor was President of Virginia Union University, Richmond and North Carolina A&T State University. He held administrative positions with the Peace Corps in Nigeria and Washington, D.C. and the National Council of Churches.
Dr. Proctor served on the governing boards of the United Negro College Fund, National Urban League and the Overseer's Visiting Committee for the Divinity School at Harvard University. He was Pastor-In-Residence for the Institute for Child Advocacy at Children's Defense Fund/Haley Farm. He was awarded honorary doctorate degrees from more than 50 colleges and universities. Dr. Proctor was a prolific writer and preacher, authoring We Have This Ministry, How Shall They Hear, and Sermons from the Black Pulpit, among many others.
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