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Bearing “The Gospel of Freedom”: The Mass Meeting

Richard Lischer

in The Preacher King

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780195111323
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853298 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111323.003.0010
Bearing “The Gospel of Freedom”: The Mass Meeting

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The mass meeting started in Montgomery with the December 1955 rally at the Holy Spirit Baptist Church. From the start it served a sacred and civic agenda. At Holt, the audience listened to Bible readings, sang Onward Christian Soldiers and Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, and took courage from a speech by the young King. Once the Movement got under way in the city, meetings were held every Monday evening at two churches on the town's east side and every Thursday at two churches in the west end of town. Meetings began with songs and hymns followed by reports and help requests.

Keywords: Montgomery; mass meeting; Bible readings; Holt

Chapter.  10127 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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