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Mississippi PrayingSouthern White Evangelicals and the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1975$
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Carolyn Renée Dupont

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814708415

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814708415.001.0001

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Responding to Brown

Responding to Brown

The Recalcitrant Parish

(p.63) 3 Responding to Brown
Mississippi Praying

Carolyn Renée Dupont

NYU Press

This chapter looks at how the endorsement of the Brown case in St. Louis contrasted sharply with the criticism the Southern Baptist Convention's (SBC) Christian Life Commission (CLC) report met in Mississippi. The Convention's approval of the decision stunned Baptists in the Magnolia State and riled segregationists of all faiths. Bodies representing the Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church also endorsed the principle of racial equality shortly after the High Court announced the Brown decision—a proclamation that elicited fierce objections from their Mississippi constituents. Even before the Brown announcement, the issue of integration dominated Mississippi's public discourse. As the state actively restricted the civil rights quest, the churches contributed considerable energy to the culture and the strategies of resistance.

Keywords:   Brown case, St. Louis, Convention's Christian Life Commission, Southern Baptist Convention, Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church, Mississippi constituents

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