Liberty Christian Academy

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Coordinates: 37°21′38″N 79°10′22″W / 37.3605°N 79.1727°W / 37.3605; -79.1727 Liberty Christian Academy (LCA, founded as Lynchburg Christian Academy) is a Christian school in Lynchburg, Virginia. Founded in 1967 as a segregation academy by Baptist preacher Jerry Falwell, the school is today recognized as an educational facility by the Commonwealth of Virginia through the Virginia State Board of Education,[1] Southern Association of Colleges and Schools,[2] and the Association of Christian Schools International.[3]

History[edit]

During the 1950s and 1960s, Falwell spoke and campaigned against the U.S. civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. and the racial segregation of public school systems by the U.S. federal government.

Described in 1966 by the Lynchburg News as "a private school for white students," the school opened in 1967 as a segregation academy.[4][5]

Baptist preacher Jerry Falwell founded the school as Lynchburg Christian Academy and developed it as a ministry of Thomas Road Baptist Church.[6] Unlike many of similar segregation academies in the southern United States, the school became racially integrated two years after its opening.[4]

Heritage Foundation co-founder Paul Weyrich said that Falwell launched the Moral Majority political action committee to aid the Catholic public protest against legal abortion in the United States in response to U.S. President Jimmy Carter's "intervention against Christian schools" during the late 1970s by "...trying to deny them tax-exempt status on the basis of so-called de facto segregation".[7]

In 2005, the Lynchburg Christian Academy was moved next to Liberty University and renamed Liberty Christian Academy.

Athletics[edit]

Coached by Frank Rocco since 2004, LCA's football team under Rocco has an 85-6 record, winning four state championships and eight conference championships.[8] Among the team's former members are Rashad Jennings (Pittsburgh-Liberty-Jacksonville Jaguars),[9] and Bobby Massie (Ole Miss-Arizona Cardinals).

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