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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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The Jackson Church Visits

The Jackson Church Visits

“A Good Quarter-Time Church with a Bird Dog and Shotgun”

(p.155) 7 The Jackson Church Visits
Mississippi Praying

Carolyn Renée Dupont

NYU Press

This chapter explores the events following Charles Golden and James Matthews' visit to Galloway Memorial Methodist Church. The two knew that white Jackson churches had systematically rejected integrated parties that came to visit. Golden and Matthews expected a welcome and believed the Galloway congregation would respond in terms of faith, but the two bishops underestimated Mississippians' preferences for tradition—they were turned away. The church visit campaign and the spectacles it created complicate the understanding of the relationship between moral suasion and civil rights victories. On the one hand, it moved America's largest Protestant bodies to declare segregation and other forms of racial oppression out of keeping with the tenets of Christianity. On the other hand, endorsements of human and racial equality at the national level made little difference in local churches and in ordinary lives.

Keywords:   white Jackson churches, Galloway Memorial Methodist Church, Charles Golden, James Matthews, Mississippians, Protestant bodies, segregation, racial oppression

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