American Churches and the Negro: An Historical Study from Early Slave Days to the Present

American Churches and the Negro: An Historical Study from Early Slave Days to the Present

American Churches and the Negro: An Historical Study from Early Slave Days to the Present

American Churches and the Negro: An Historical Study from Early Slave Days to the Present

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In his latest book, American Churches and the Negro, Dr. Willis D. Weatherford makes a ringing challenge to the churches not only to catch up with the Constitution as interpreted by the decisions of the United States Supreme Court but also to fulfill their own professions of faith based on the teachings of Jesus, who would have us all become more truly the children of God and the brothers of all people. He is troubled in mind and spirit that the churches, which should have prepared the way, are lagging behind the decision of the Court. This is true of the churches, south, north, east and west. It has been trenchantly observed that eleven o'clock on Sunday is the most segregated hour on the weekly calendar of American life.

By his long life of eighty years of thoughtful study, scholarly research, and religious leadership in the Southern colleges and universities, he is equipped to make his findings first-hand out of the stuff of his own life and convictions. In his various and vigorous life he has been International Secretary of the Y.M.C.A. in the Southern colleges and universities; founder and president of the Blue Ridge Southern Assembly, founder, president and professor of the Y.M.C.A. Graduate School, erstwhile affiliated with his alma mater, Vanderbilt University, from which he had received the A.B. and Ph.D. degrees; visiting professor at Fisk University and colleague of his friend, Professor and President Charles S. Johnson, an eminent authority on patterns of racial segregation. He . . .

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