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50 Years: Racial Reconciliation and the Church

A special project of The Christian Chronicle, focusing on significant events of the 1960s and the lingering impact.

Find links below to all the stories in the “50 Years: Racial Reconciliation and the Church” series.


Part 1: Detroit race riot

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

Dewayne Winrow, one of Marshall Keeble’s former “boy preachers,” has served the Reseda Church of Christ in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley since 1975.

Dewayne Winrow, one of Marshall Keeble’s former “boy preachers,” has served the Reseda Church of Christ in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley since 1975.

• 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.


Part 3: Atlanta meeting

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.


Part 4: Abilene, Texas, sermon

Celebrating the ribbon cutting for the Carl Spain Center for Race Studies and Spiritual Action are, from left, Abilene Christian University President Phil Schubert, Spain’s grandson Gavin Rogers, Spain’s daughter Claudette Rogers, founding director Jerry Taylor, ACU management sciences professor Orneita Burton and ACU Provost Robert Rhodes.

Celebrating the ribbon cutting for the Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action are, from left, Abilene Christian University President Phil Schubert, Spain’s grandson Gavin Rogers, Spain’s daughter Claudette Rogers, founding director Jerry Taylor, ACU management sciences professor Orneita Burton and ACU Provost Robert Rhodes.

• 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.’

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