Lift Up Your Voice like a Trumpet: White Clergy and the Civil Rights and Antiwar Movements, 1954-1973

By Michael B. Friedland | Go to book overview

CHAPTER ONE

Prophets are not without honor except in their
own country and in their own house.
MATTHEW 13:57


Prophets Without Honor

The Travails of the Southern Clergy,
1954-1960

After the Supreme Court ordered the desegregation of public schools in Brown v. Board of Education in May 1954, a reporter asked white residents of Savannah how they felt about the overturning of the fifty-eight-year-old "separate but equal" ruling from Plessy v. Ferguson. "It's a good thing," said one. "We can now practice the true Christian principles of brotherhood." 1 Though the admission that one needed a secular court ruling before one could act on one's religious beliefs might seem surprising, similar opinions were voiced by many religious organizations and denominational hierarchies that proclaimed themselves solidly behind the court. The governing boards of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. (NCC) and the World Council of Churches, various conferences and assemblies of several Protestant denominations, including the southern Presbyterian Church in the U.S. and the Southern Baptist Convention, passed resolutions praising the deci-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • Introduction 3
  • Chapter One 18
  • Chapter Two 49
  • Chapter Three 70
  • Chpter Four 93
  • Chapter Five 113
  • Chapter Six 140
  • Chapter Seven 164
  • Chapter Eight 189
  • Chapter Nine 213
  • Epilogue 237
  • Notes 253
  • I. Manuscript Collections 287
  • Index 305
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