Rev. Dr. Simon P. Bouie Co-author – The Passions of Our Culture The Rev. Dr. Simon P. Bouie served as an AME pastor for 53 years before retiring. He is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. The pastor of the historic Bethel AME church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was the youngest ever to be appointed to the position. At the age of 20 Bouie, a student at Allen University, and Talmadge Neal, a student at Benedict College, traveled to Greensboro, North Carolina to study the Greensboro area. As well as other SC students such as James Clyburn, he would put into practice what he referred to as a student revolution. They traveled from the HBCU district of Columbia, SC to the Eckerd’s lunch counter on Main Street on March 14, 1960. Despite the fact that the trip took less than two miles, their bravery that day reached all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Bouie vs. Columbia. A piece of US history would be made. When Mr. Bouie and Neale attempted to desegregate an Eckerd’s Drugstore lunch counter in downtown Columbia, they were arrested and charged with trespassing. In the landmark decision entitled Bouie v. Columbia, the United States Supreme Court exonerated them and ruled in their favor. After graduating from Allen University, he received a Master of Divinity degree from Turner Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Ataland, as well as two honorary doctorates from ITC and Monrovia College in Liberia, Africa. The many awards Bouie received include being featured in Jet Magazine, being named NY State’s most distinguished citizen, receiving the Alphia Phi Alpha fraternity award, receiving the AJE church Distinguished Award, among many others. His memberships include the NAACP, One Hundred Black Men, PUSH, the YMCA, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., where he has served in various leadership capacities.