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“There Ain’t No Justice, Man”

Shawn Francis Peters

in The Catonsville Nine

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827855
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950140 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827855.003.0012
“There Ain’t No Justice, Man”

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Jim Darst believed that his future lay with the Christian Brothers, a religious order that traced its origins back to the educational innovator St. John Baptist de La Salle. Midway through 1959, he entered the order's novitiate in Glencoe, Missouri, near St. Louis, and a short time later he adopted his religious name, Brother David. After the year-long novitiate, Darst briefly attended the Christian Brothers College in Memphis. He then finished his academic training at St. Mary's College in Winona, Minnesota, where he graduated summa cum laude. After graduation Darst took a succession of teaching posts at schools operated by the Christian Brothers. Darst's writings in the mid-1960s reveal that he was searching for a way to move beyond the narrow confines of his religious order and address the acute political, economic, and social challenges facing the world. Whether it was alone or as part of a larger group led by Berrigan, Darst wanted to make a brash public statement against the war. After the Catonsville protest, Darst publicly explained why he had participated in it. “I have taken part in this action,” he wrote in the radical journal WIN, “because I am terribly worried about my country and the future of mankind.”

Keywords: Jim Darst; Catonsville Protest; Christian Brothers; WIN; Brother David

Chapter.  5840 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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