“This Spectacle of a Church with Guarded Doors”

Stephen R. Haynes

in The Last Segregated Hour

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780195395051
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979288 | DOI:
“This Spectacle of a Church with Guarded Doors”

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This chapter sets the background for the Memphis kneel-in campaign of 1964 in meetings of the city's intercollegiate NAACP chapter. Kneel-ins at Second Presbyterian Church in the spring of 1964 are detailed, with attention given to the reluctant and spotty coverage by local media, church representatives' attempts to apply pressure on student protestors and on responses by the administration of Southwestern College, where many of the protesting students were enrolled. Finally, the chapter describes attempts by representatives of the Presbyterian Church in the United States—at the presbytery, synod and general assembly levels—to intervene in the crisis and bring Second Presbyterian Church into line with Church policy before the 1965 meeting of the PCUS General Assembly, which was scheduled to take place at the embattled Memphis church.

Keywords: Joe Purdy; Jim Bullock; Howard Romaine; Second Presbyterian Church; Southwestern College; Presbyterian Church in the United States

Chapter.  7386 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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