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 THREE

Thus says the lord to you: "Do not fear or be dismayed at this great multitude; for the battle is not yours but God's."

2 chronicles 20:15


The Call to Battle

The Churches.and Synagogues Enter the
Civil Rights Struggle, 1963

Until 1963, most of the clergy's involvement in the civil rights movement had been the work of individuals or small groups who had responded to calls for support from major civil rights organizations; the churches, as organizations, had largely been content to issue proclamations and resolutions. The televised violence inflicted on civil rights workers in Birmingham would awaken liberal clergy nationwide to the fact that such declarations, however wellmeaning, were largely ineffectual. Organization and action on the part of the clergy were needed to combat discrimination on three fronts: in the southern communities where SNCC and SCLC were sponsoring demonstrations; in Washington, D.C., to push for stronger federal civil rights legislation; and in the communities of the North and Midwest, where white liberal clergy urged their representatives and senators to support such legislation. Such tasks demanded coordination, and new religious organizations were formed specifi

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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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