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And One Was a PriestThe Life and Times of Duncan M. Gray Jr.$
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Araminta Stone Johnston

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604738285

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604738285.001.0001

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“The Family Is a Primary Source of Grace”

“The Family Is a Primary Source of Grace”


(p.42) Chapter 3 “The Family Is a Primary Source of Grace”
And One Was a Priest

Araminta Stone Johnston

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the question of why a man like Gray, who as a child lived a life of relative privilege, sheltered from all but the most genteel and softly institutionalized forms of the South’s racism, was willing to risk his vocation, and even his life to speak and act against the racism from which he, as white man, in many ways benefited. He attributes his civil rights activities in the 1950s and 1960s to his realization how truly blessed he has been.

Keywords:   vocation, racism, white man, American South

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