“Mama, Why Don’t They Just Let Them In?”

Stephen R. Haynes

in The Last Segregated Hour

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780195395051
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979288 | DOI:
“Mama, Why Don’t They Just Let Them In?”

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This chapter relates the experiences of children and young adults who, as members of Second Presbyterian Church, observed the Memphis kneel-ins from the inside. Among the young people with vivid memories of the kneel-ins are children of the church's pastors, future clergymen and clergywomen, and students at Southwestern who had grown up at Second Presbyterian. The chapter ends with a section on “contested memory,” which explores the ways personal and institutional memory shape one another.

Keywords: children; contested memory; Second Presbyterian Church; Southwestern College

Chapter.  8248 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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