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Number of Pages: 312
Vendor: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: 2008
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Reporting Civil Rights - Part Two: American Journalism 1963-1973Clayton CarsonPenguin Random House / 2002 / Hardcover$36.00 Retail:
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"This wonderfully narrated book offers truths about the civil rights struggle of the 1960s often overlooked---the intensely moral and spiritual side of an effort that had an enormous impact on our secular life." -Robert Coles
"Marsh celebrates the importance of Christian faith in founding the civil rights movement, [exploring] as well the devastating dichotomy of hate and prejudice." -Andrew Young
The book's central figures are Fannie Lou Hamer, who "worked for Jesus" in civil rights activism; Sam Bowers, the Imperial Wizard of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Mississippi; William Douglas Hudgins, an influential white Baptist pastor and unofficial theologian of the "closed society"; Ed King, a white Methodist minister and Mississippi native who campaigned to integrate Protestant congregations; and Cleveland Sellers, a SNCC staff member turned black militant.
Marsh focuses on the events and religious convictions that led each person into the political upheaval of 1964. He presents an unforgettable American social landscape, one that is by turns shameful and inspiring. In conclusion, Marsh suggests that it may be possible to sift among these narratives and lay the groundwork for a new thinking about racial reconciliation and the beloved community. He maintains that the person who embraces faith's life-affirming energies will leave behind a most powerful legacy of social activism and compassion.