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50 Years: Racial Reconciliation and the Church

Special project by The Christian Chronicle focuses on significant events of 1967 and 1968.

The Christian Chronicle’s series “50 Years: Racial Reconciliation and the Church” highlights significant events of 1967 and 1968.

Find links to all the stories below.


Part 1

National Guardsman Gary Ciko checks buildings for snipers during the 1967 Detroit riot

National Guardsman Gary Ciko checks buildings for snipers during the 1967 Detroit 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.


Part 2

Marshall Keeble and Martin Luther King Jr.

Two legacies, 50 years later: Marshall Keeble and Martin Luther King Jr. fought for ‘different things in different ages.’

• 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.

‘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.


Part 3

The Atlanta meeting made the front page of the July 5, 1968, Christian Chronicle. Read the original story HERE.

The Atlanta meeting made the front page of the July 5, 1968, Christian Chronicle.

• 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.

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