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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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. Lay Activism

. Lay Activism

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(p.107) 4. Lay Activism
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Seventh-day Adventists and the Civil Rights Movement
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Samuel G. London

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604732726.003.0005

This chapter examines the involvement of black Adventist laypersons in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, focusing on the efforts of Frank W. Hale Jr., Alfonzo Greene Sr., and Terrance Roberts to fight social injustice within the Seventh-day Adventist Church and in mainstream, secular society. Drawing on interviews and memoirs, it shows how such factors as community awareness, liberationist interpretations of the Bible, intellectual and theological justifications, and the example of Adventist founders and pioneers motivated the activism of these African Americans.

Keywords:   civil rights movement, Frank W. Hale Jr, Alfonzo Greene Sr, Terrance Roberts, social injustice, Seventh-day Adventist Church, community awareness, activism, African Americans, laypersons

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