Father Tom Lumpkin - a giant peacemaker in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood - now 80, slender and soft-spoken who was born and grew up in Detroit. For five decades Father Tom has tended to poor people by working at a soup kitchen, overseeing a homeless shelter for women, and celebrating Mass every Sunday at the Wayne County Jail. He wants Corktown to continue as a home for all kinds of people including those who are homeless.
Father Tom wonders if the coming of Ford Motor Company to Corktown will displace the poor. His peacemaking skills are in high demand as changes come to his neighborhood.
This is the annual Peace Action of Michigan’s Fishman-Perrin Lecture. Both Al Fishman and Gene Perrin died six years ago after decades in the Peace with Justice Movement. Al Fishman was a genius at organizing for fair labor practices and countering the military-industrial complex. Dr. Gene Perrin - long active in many peace, justice and public health groups - wore a sport coat with many peace and justice buttons including, “I’m already against the next war.”
There is no admission charge for this conversation with Father Tom, a seasoned and wise peacemaker. For more information call 248-548-3920.