Chapter

“You Will Only Know My Motivation When You Open the Door”

Stephen R. Haynes

in The Last Segregated Hour

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780195395051
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979288 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395051.003.0008
“You Will Only Know My Motivation When You Open the Door”

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This chapter recounts the stories of the black college and high school students who participated in the Memphis kneel-ins of 1964. It illuminates the mentoring roles of James M. Lawson, Jr. and Vasco and Maxine Smith and the organizing role of University of Memphis student Joe Purdy. The chapter goes on to consider the similarities and differences that characterize the experiences of black and white students who participated in the kneel-ins. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the students' motivations for joining these events of non-violent protest.

Keywords: James M. Lawson, Jr.; Vasco Smith; Maxine Smith; Joe Purdy; Hortense Spillers; protestors' motivations

Chapter.  9345 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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