Journeys That Opened Up the World: Women, Student Christian Movements, and Social Justice, 1955-1975

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CHAPTER 11
Eleanor Scott Meyers

I do not know if I was born angry, but I doubt it. Too many of my baby pictures show me looking chubby and happy. And my overall sense of my life is that it has been overwhelmingly happy, privileged, and filled with contentment and satisfaction. Pretty good list.

Nevertheless, I have been angry, noticeably so. Anger has been creative for my life and I trust it has been so for others, as well. Without women's anger there probably would have been no social movements. I believe my anger and that of my sisters in the movements of this time kept us alert, committed, learning, and active. We learned to care about each other and ourselves while caring about the world we wanted, not only for ourselves, but for our children—all children to come. Our anger was—and is—a faithful journey.

My mother did not teach me to be angry. Dorothy Ann Davis Meyers was a smart woman, an intellectual who happened to live in a small Kansas town about an hour outside of Kansas City, Missouri. Her dad was a high school teacher and her mother, a housewife. She wanted to marry and have children (especially a daughter) someday, but she always had a life of the mind, nurtured by her father and by their life within the church.

Granddaddy Davis was a thinker. He moved slowly. When I was young I thought it was because he was old and fragile; later I came to understand that it was because he was taking the time to think. He taught the men's class at the local Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Merriam, Kansas. I remember how, on Sunday morning during Sunday school, his class sat in the back two pews of the church, and he stood in the middle of the third from the back pew, with a stack of books in front of him, and spoke to them in his steady, gentle voice.

Years later when I was in my teens, it was my mother, his daughter, who taught the adult Sunday school class at the larger, newer Christian Church

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Journeys That Opened Up the World *
  • Introduction 1
  • Notes *
  • Chapter 1 - Ruth Harris 15
  • Chapter 2 - Jeanne Audrey Powers 45
  • Chapter 3 - Rebecca Owen 66
  • Chapter 4 - Elmira Kendricks Nazombe 84
  • Chapter 5 - Jill Foreman 104
  • Chapter 6 - Charlotte Bunch 122
  • Chapter 7 - Tamela Hultman 140
  • Chapter 8 - M. Sheila Mccurdy 157
  • Chapter 9 - Alice Hageman 174
  • Chapter 10 - Jan Griesinger 191
  • Chapter 11 - Eleanor Scott Meyers 208
  • Chapter 12 - Nancy D. Richardson 226
  • Chapter 13 - The Repairer of the Breach (isaiah 58:12) 237
  • Chapter 14 - Renetia Martin 240
  • Chapter 15 - Frances E. Kendall 249
  • Chapter 16 - Margarita Mendoza De Sugiyama 262
  • Notes on Contributors 271
  • Index 275
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