Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley
Dr. Gerald L. Durley was born in Wichita, Kansas. He grew up in California and graduated from high school in Denver, Colorado. While earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, playing on a championship basketball team, and serving as student government president at Tennessee State University, he became very active in the civil rights movement. After graduating, Dr. Durley became one of the first Peace Corp volunteers to enter Nigeria, West Africa. From Africa he ventured to Switzerland where he enrolled in postgraduate studies at the University of Neuchantel. When he returned to the United States, Dr. Durley enrolled in Northern Illinois University where he again became intensely involved in the struggle for human dignity, and earned one of the first Masters Degrees in Community Mental Health. He earned a Doctorate Degree in Urban Education and Psychology from University of Massachusetts and a Master of Divinity Degree from Howard University. Dr. Durley recently retired as Pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta and is a highly sought speaker on civil and human rights issues and the environment. He and his wife, Muriel, have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.