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Seventh-day Adventists and the Civil Rights Movement$
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Samuel G. London, Jr.

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732726

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732726.001.0001

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Seventh-day Adventists and the Civil Rights Movement

Samuel G. London

University Press of Mississippi

This book examines the participation of Seventh-day Adventists in the civil rights movement in the United States and the extent to which the denomination’s theology influenced its members’ response to sociopolitical activism. It analyzes why some Adventists became involved in sociopolitical issues, while others did not. It looks at the factors that motivated Adventist activists to participate in civil rights politics, from community awareness or community-oriented consciousness to liberationist interpretations of the Bible, the example of early Adventist pioneers, and intellectual and theological reasons. Part 1 of the book explores the development of nonparticipatory politics in Adventism and how Southern violence, at the turn of the twentieth century, affected Adventist views on sociopolitical activity. Part 2 discusses the emergence of Afro-Adventist activism and the contribution of black Adventists such as Irene Morgan and Matthew Strachan to sociopolitical reform in the 1940s. It also highlights the sociopolitical activism of black ministers from the South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, including Earl Moore, Charles E. Dudley Sr., and Charles Joseph.

Keywords:   civil rights movement, Seventh-day Adventists, United States, theology, activism, politics, community awareness, violence, sociopolitical reform, black ministers

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