Southern White Ministers and the Civil Rights Movement, Hardback Book

Southern White Ministers and the Civil Rights Movement Hardback



In 1963, the Sunday after four black girls were killed by a bomb in a Birmingham church, George William Floyd, a Church of Christ minister, preached a sermon based on the Golden Rule.

He pronounced that Jesus Christ was asking Christians to view the bombing from the perspective of their black neighbors and asserted, ""We don't realize it yet, but because Martin Luther King Jr. is preaching nonviolence, which is Jesus's way, someday Martin Luther King Jr. will be seen as the best friend the white man in the South has ever had."" During the sermon, members of the congregation yelled, ""You devil, you!"" and, immediately, Floyd was dismissed.

Although not every anti-segregation white minister was as outspoken as Pastor Floyd, many signed petitions, organized interracial groups, or preached gently from a gospel of love and justice.

Those who spoke and acted outright on behalf of the civil rights movement were harassed, beaten, and even jailed. Based on interviews and personal memoirs, Southern White Ministers and the Civil Rights Movement traces the efforts of these clergymen who--deeply moved by the struggle of African Americans--looked for ways to reconcile the history of discrimination and slavery with Christian principles and to help their black neighbors.

While many understand the role political leaders on national stages played in challenging the status quo of the South, this book reveals the significant contribution of these ministers in breaking down segregation through preaching a message of love.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
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  • Category: Regional & national history
  • ISBN: 9781496817525



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