No more ‘us and them’
DETROIT — The boys — one black, one white —…
Find links below to all the stories in the “50 Years: Racial Reconciliation and the Church” series.
Editor’s note: A few later installments don’t relate directly to the 1960s. However, we have included the links here for readers interested in additional coverage of race issues in Churches of Christ.
1967 Detroit race riot
• ‘No more us and them’: At 50th anniversary of Detroit race riot, Black and White churches model unity.
• The riot, in retrospect: Hubert G. Locke was a Church of Christ minister and Detroit Police Department employee in 1967.
1967 lawsuit against Lipscomb
• Black, White and Gray: Civil rights attorney who once challenged Lipscomb University in court receives the Christian university’s highest honor.
Marshall Keeble’s 1968 death
• Marshall Keeble’s ‘boy preachers’ still baptizing and saving souls: Famous traveling evangelist mentored many of the most influential African American ministers in Churches of Christ.
• Two legacies, 50 years later: Marshall Keeble and Martin Luther King Jr. fought for ‘different things in different ages.’
• ‘Sister Keeble’ stayed strong in mind, faith: The widow of famous traveling evangelist Marshall Keeble lived to be 108.
• Marshall Keeble fought racism by melting hearts: ‘He had intellect, insight and a humble spirit that he used to stand at the front door of the angry lion of racism.’
• A bedside prayer with Brother Keeble: Meeting him was the opportunity of a lifetime.
1968 Atlanta meeting
• Fifty years after historic meeting, race still divides Churches of Christ: ‘We still have two brotherhoods,’ says longtime minister who helped organize 1968 national conference.
• My life in the pews, Black and White: Covering the 50th anniversary of the Atlanta meeting on race relations in Churches of Christ has journalist thinking about his own history.
• From the 1968 archive: Atlanta conference studies race.
1960 Abilene Christian sermon
• Once-segregated Christian university targets racism with launch of new research center: Founding director urges churches to speak out against ‘situations that carry the foul scent of racial injustice.’
1969 arrests at Oklahoma Christian
• After 50 years, an apology: Oklahoma Christian University asks for forgiveness from former students, arrested and expelled on racially tinged charges.
• Racial concerns prompt renaming of Christian university’s auditorium: Main chapel venue at Oklahoma Christian will honor Benton and Paula Baugh, major donors and Christians involved in racial unity efforts in Houston.
SWCC president from 1967 to 2016
• ‘A giant has fallen’: Jack Evans Jr., appointed in 1967 as the first Black president of Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas, dies at age 81. He was one of the most influential African American preachers in the history of modern-day Churches of Christ.
Police killing of George Floyd
• Protests and prayers: Christians respond to George Floyd’s death with outrage, rallies and calls for justice.
• In city where George Floyd died, minister emerges as key champion for justice: Russell A. Pointer Sr. thanks God for Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction but says the struggle goes on.
• ‘We are not screaming when God is screaming’: Four lessons for members of Churches of Christ — Black and White — outraged by George Floyd’s death.
• A tragic death, a tough dialogue: ‘Why are you even talking about it?’ some Christians ask in the year after George Floyd’s killing.
• After George Floyd’s death, petition to rename Harding auditorium gains support: Alumnus calls the daily chapel venue’s namesake ‘a vocal racist and supporter of segregation.’
• Civil rights hero’s great-grandson stands up for friend called the N-word: A White teen used the racial slur against a Black opponent who beat him at football.
Profile of John DeBerry Jr.
• Ousted by Democrats, anti-abortion preacher runs as an independent: As a teen, the longtime Tennessee lawmaker integrated an all-White high school and witnessed civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.’s final speech.
Death of Freddie Gray
• The broken soul of Baltimore: After the rioting, church leaders seek to bring spiritual and social renewal to the city.
Tulsa Race Massacre 100th anniversary
• At Tulsa massacre’s centennial, two Oklahoma churches focus on racial unity: ‘When we’re segregated … then how can we look like Christ?’ one minister asks.
• Christian faith drives two leading advocates of Tulsa Race Massacre justice: Rep. Regina Goodwin and Sen. Kevin Matthews both attend the same predominantly Black church, near where the 1921 mob violence occurred.
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kan. (1954 landmark ruling)
• Daughter of lead plaintiff in Brown v. Board of Education sets the record straight: As part of Oklahoma Christian University’s History Speaks program, Cheryl Brown Henderson offers behind-the-scenes insight.
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