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Southern White Ministers and the Civil Rights Movement$
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Elaine Allen Lechtreck

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496817525

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496817525.001.0001

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The Witness Does Not End

The Witness Does Not End

Jordan, McClain, Finlator, Moose, Sanderson, and Frank

(p.169) 6 The Witness Does Not End
Southern White Ministers and the Civil Rights Movement

Elaine Allen Lechtreck

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter presents accomplishments of southern white ministers who witnessed for racial justice before and after the rise of black nationalism. Clarence Jordan”s cooperative interracial farm in Americus, Georgia, could have failed because of the bombing of its roadside stand and refusal of businesses to supply its needs, if not for the generosity of church groups and the success of Jordan’s writing and oratory. The South Carolina Christian Action Council established by Howard McClain as an interracial, interdenominational ministerial association dedicated to civil rights still exists. W. W. Finlator spoke from the pulpit of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, for school desegregation, civil rights demonstrations, and equality for African Americans until his forced retirement after he sent a provocative telegram to President Carter. The tormenting experiences of Joseph Sanderson, David Moose, and Travis Frank in Eastern Arkansas did not discourage them from continuing to help African Americans.

Keywords:   Clarence Jordan, Koinonia Farm, Christian Action Council, W. W. Finlator, Eastern Arkansas

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