Justice & the Inner Life Podcast: Bob Woodson

Jedd taps a lifetime of wisdom from Bob Woodson, founder of the Woodson Center, who has poured 5+ fruitful decades into the renewal of struggling communities and the healing of broken lives.

In this episode, you’ll discover

  • How to keep loving those you serve even when they hurt you
  • The one thing Bob most wishes he’d learned early in life
  • The difference between “poor” and “broke”
  • Where to start when you first enter a community you hope to help
  • A small, simple habit that cultivates a heart more yielding to God and gracious to others
  • What true wealth looks like

Key Quotes

“To change someone, you must love them. And they must know that you do.” – Bob Woodson

“Misguided action can be as detrimental as one motivated by malice.” – Bob Woodson

“If we can remember to yield in the small things, we can yield in the large.” – Bob Woodson

Meet Our Guest


Founder and President of the Woodson Center

Robert L. Woodson, Sr. founded the Center in 1981 to help residents of low-income neighborhoods address the problems of their communities. A former civil rights activist, he has headed the National Urban League Department of Criminal Justice and has been a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Foundation for Public Policy Research. Referred to by many as the “godfather” of the neighborhood empowerment movement, for more than four decades, Woodson has had a special concern for the problems of youth. In response to an epidemic of youth violence that has afflicted urban, rural and suburban neighborhoods alike, Woodson has focused much of the Woodson Center’s activities on an initiative to establish Violence-Free Zones in troubled schools and neighborhoods throughout the nation. He is an early MacArthur “genius” awardee and the recipient of the 2008 Bradley Prize, the Presidential Citizens Award, and a 2008 Social Entrepreneurship Award from the Manhattan Institute.