Churches and Social Action

Archive Report

Church Support of Civil Rights Crusade

Church support for the cause of racial equality took a new and sharply militant turn last summer when white clergymen of the three principal religious faiths joined protest marchers, carried placards, and risked arrest to register their commitment to the techniques as well as the goals of civil rights demonstrators. The clergymen's actions were backed by a host of new resolutions and exhortations from major church bodies calling on their communicants to take direct action as a religious duty to help the Negro in his crusade for equal rights.

The mass demonstrations for racial equality, which began nearly four years ago with the first lunch counter sit-in at Greensboro, N. C.,1 have had a markedly religious character from the beginning. ...

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