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29 June, 2020

Written by Wes Crawford

By Wes Crawford

            For the better part of the 20th century, white and African American leaders within Churches of Christ perpetuated an illusion of racial unity through their public speech, sermons, journal articles, and lectureships. If one’s only windows into 20th century American society were lectureships and journals affiliated with Churches of Christ, she or he would never know about the thousands of lynchings that occurred in cities and towns across the American South, or Jim Crow segregation, or even the Civil Rights Movement. The most prominent voices and most influential platforms within the movement were utterly silent.

            In 1968, however, that illusion of racial unity was shattered for two important reasons. First,…

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