“Our Presence at the Church Is Itself an Act of Worship”

Stephen R. Haynes

in The Last Segregated Hour

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780195395051
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979288 | DOI:
“Our Presence at the Church Is Itself an Act of Worship”

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This chapter recounts the stories of the white college students who participated in the Memphis kneel-ins of 1964 or observed them at close hand. It details the circumstances under which these white young people, students at a segregated Southern church college, became involved in non-violent protest alongside black students. It also describes how they responded when school administrators, parents, and fellow students pressured them to desist from their involvement in the kneel-ins, pressures that were applied with particular force upon female students. Finally, the chapter describes the long-term effects of these students' activism on their subsequent lives, many of whom view it as an important milestone in their development.

Keywords: Maxine Smith; James M. Lawson, Jr.; NAACP; James Bullock; Howard Romaine

Chapter.  10192 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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