Daily Demonstrators: The Civil Rights Movement in Mennonite Homes and Sanctuaries

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JHU Press, Dec 29, 2010 - Religion - 392 pages
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The Mennonites, with their long tradition of peaceful protest and commitment to equality, were castigated by the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. for not showing up on the streets to support the civil rights movement. Daily Demonstrators shows how the civil rights movement played out in Mennonite homes and churches from the 1940s through the 1960s.

In the first book to bring together Mennonite religious history and civil rights movement history, Tobin Miller Shearer discusses how the civil rights movement challenged Mennonites to explore whether they, within their own church, were truly as committed to racial tolerance and equality as they might like to believe. Shearer shows the surprising role of children in overcoming the racial stereotypes of white adults. Reflecting the transformation taking place in the nation as a whole, Mennonites had to go through their own civil rights struggle before they came to accept interracial marriages and integrated congregations.

Based on oral history interviews, photographs, letters, minutes, diaries, and journals of white and African-American Mennonites, this fascinating book further illuminates the role of race in modern American religion.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 A Separated History
1
CHAPTER 2 PrayerCovered Protest
29
CHAPTER 3 Fresh Air Disruption
62
CHAPTER 4 Vincent Hardings Dual Demonstration
98
CHAPTER 5 The Wedding March
130
CHAPTER 6 Congregational Campaign
160
CHAPTER 7 The Manifesto Movement
190
CHAPTER 8 A New Civil Rights Story
221
Appendix Interview Subjects
251
Notes
253
Bibliography
329
Index
345
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Tobin Miller Shearer is an assistant professor of history and the African-American Studies coordinator at the University of Montana.

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