The Legacy of Grover and Irma Wright

African American Lutheran church pioneer Dr. Grover C. Wright persuaded dozens of Black scholars to serve as Lutheran professional leaders. The late Dr. Wright, a civil rights pioneer active in the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, worked many years as associate director for leadership development for the Lutheran Church in America’s (LCA) Division for Professional Leadership (DPL). He died in 1997 at the age of 80.

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) established The Dr. Grover C. and Irma S. Wright Scholarship Fund for African American Lutheran Students for LTSP students seeking to become rostered professional leaders in the church in fall 2010. The inauguration of the scholarship was celebrated at a special signing ceremony at LTSP on August 27, 2010, and the Legacy of Dr. Wright and his wife, Irma, continue to be celebrated by LTSP. Learn more about the Wrights and their legacy in this video premiered at the Let it SHINE! event celebrating African American Lutheran history in May 2012:

 

Your gift or pledge to The Dr. Grover C. and Irma S. Wright Scholarship Fund for African American Lutheran Students will help to insure a lasting, living legacy of the work of Grover and Irma Wright by providing scholarships to African American Lutherans preparing at LTSP to be leaders in the church. You can make your gift or pledge online here.

More on the Grover and Irma Wright Scholarship and remembrances at LTSP can be found on these pages:

For further information contact: Yvonne Lembo • LTSP Office for Philanthropy • 215.248.6318 • ylembo@Ltsp.edu