Segregation in Churches

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Churches as Last Stronghold of Segregation

Outlawing of segregation in public schools by the Supreme Court last May gave a strong moral boost to churchmen who have been making sincere, but so far largely ineffective, efforts to do something about racial separatism in the sphere of religion. While church leaders over the past decade have preached with increasing vigor in favor of racial integration, the vast majority of whites and Negroes have continued to go their separate ways to Sunday worship. Of all American institutions, the church has seemed the most resistant to change in this respect. It is now possible that compulsory termination of segregation in education will help in time to promote its voluntary abandonment in religion.

Recent church activities point to profound changes ...

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