Billy Graham Center

Interview with Lue Shelby - Collection 369

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of Lue Shelby

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

List of Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)

Brief Description.
Interview with Shelby in which she describes her family, Voice of Calvary, the health clinic started by VOC, health problems among the poor in Jackson, MS, Bible study for patients and staff at the clinic, racial conditions in Mississippi, and the VOC Fellowship Church.

Collection 369 [May 8, 2000]
Shelby, Lue; 1953-
Interview; 1987

1 Reel of Audio Tape

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Lue Shelby was born March 10, 1953, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. When she was three months old, her family moved to Joliet, Illinois. She was converted at age fourteen in Joliet. The family regularly visited relatives in Mississippi several times each year and, when she was seventeen, they moved back to Mississippi to New Hebron. The move came about because her father retired and her mother lost her sight and wished to be closer to her family. She attended her last year of high school in Mississippi and then went four years to Jackson State, majoring in sociology.

Shelby went to work for Voice of Calvary (VOC), which she knew about through her sister, Vera, the wife of VOC founder John Perkins. VOC established a health clinic in a poor section of Jackson, and after working there for a while, Shelby switched to working part-time at VOC while she returned to school to become a certified medical laboratory technician. As of 1987 she was working full time as a technician in the clinic.

Scope and Content

Lue Shelby was interviewed by Paul Ericksen on June 19, 1987, at Voice of Calvary offices in Jackson, Mississippi. The time period covered by the interview is 1953 to 1987. Time elapsed in minutes and seconds is recorded to the left of the topics discussed in the interview. The index is keyed to the cassette copy and not to the reel-to-reel original.

Tape T1 - side 1
00:00 Beginning of tape
00:45 Introduction
01:15 Birth in Hattiesburg, Mississippi; family move to Joliet and return to New Hebron; impressions of Mississippi; religious environment of home life; Christian parents
04:15 First hearing about Voice of Calvary; becoming a part of VOC. Fears during the Civil Rights movement
06:45 College education at Jackson State; training and work at VOC Health Clinic: purpose, goals, and programs
11:00 Clinic patients: racial makeup; medical problems; response to care; love for doctor. Racial composition of staff members. Her job at the clinic and enjoyment of analytical aspects of work
18:45 Funding of Health Clinic by VOC and other ministries; effects of use of Medicaid and Medicare; struggle for money and staff
22:45 Health Clinic as part of VOC Ministries; evangelistic ministry; women's Bible study for patients and staff; unique Christian perspective compared with other community clinics
26:45 Struggles to raise support; missions perspective in African American community and home church
30:30 VOC Fellowship Church; ministry involvement; growth; purchase of building; church leadership; small group programs; building fellowship
38:00 Programs for educating and helping the community in the area of personal health care; ministry's philosophy of health care with the poor; attitude of poor toward health care
44:30 End of tape


The tape for this collection was received by the Center in June 1987 from Lue Shelby.

Accession 87-78
July 12, 1994
Janyce H. Nasgowitz
W. G. Thompson

Accession 80-59
Type of Material: Audio Tapes

The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE:

T1 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, 45 minutes. One side only. Interview with Lue Shelby by Paul Ericksen on June 19, 1987. Shelby describes her family, Voice of Calvary, the health clinic started by VOC, health problems among the poor in Jackson, MS, Bible study for patients and staff at the clinic, programs for educating the community in personal health care, and Voice of Calvary Fellowship Church.

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