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Combustible/Burn is the inspirational play about young people finding their faith challenged, finding their moral centers broadened, and finding their courage strengthened to defeat hatred at any cost. From 1948 to 1956, a small group of devout students at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, attempted to topple segregation. Energized by a daring, visionary professor, G. McLeod "Mac" Bryan. they stood against fellow students, parents, community, and denomination in their support of desegregation in their school, in their town, and in their community. These remarkable students protested Klan meetings, broke segregation laws on buses and in parks, joined integrated communes and summer camps, invited African Americans into their classrooms and into their homes, and preached integration in black and white churches. For their active compassion, these idealistic Christian students found themselves disciplined, fired, and jailed.

Finally, joined by the courageous West African, Sam Oni, himself a Baptist convert, these students brought a Baptist university face to face with the "Christian ethic" of equality. In America, Sam Oni found himself converting the Baptists who had once converted him. Though his faith was nearly shattered by the struggle, Oni, together with these idealistic students and a generation of brave African Americans, managed to desegregate both the first Baptist church and the first private university in Georgia. Written from hundreds of hours of interviews, almost every word of this documentary play comes directly from the original actors themselves, telling a powerful story of Christian idealism, compassion, adn justice, burning from a small Georgia city to the coast of Africa and back again. Combustible/Burn tells the story of a small group of students who changed the face of Christian education and the Baptist church in Georgia forever.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865548367
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Author's Note xiii
Act I1
Prologue 3
Soul Liberty 4
Liberals in Hell 7
A God Bigger Than That 8
Christian Ethics 9
Counterpoint: White School 11
Eating Standing Up 12
Counterpoint: The Back Porch 15
Bryanites 16
Brands 19
Counterpoint: Look-At Park 23
Other Mothers 23
Counterpoint: Someone Else's Kids 25
The Horse and the Mule 26
God Has a Schedule Too 27
Counterpoint: Watching My Mother Cry 29
Who is My Mother? 29
Counterpoint: An Anger Deferred 32
Koinonia 35
A Friendly, Dangerous Place 43
The Little Children of the World 43
Counterpoint: If Jesus Came Back 46
Mary and Martha 47
Silent Conspiracies 50
Remnants 54
Cookout 57
Troublemaker 65
Sweet Potato Farm 66
Act II71
Callings 73
Incident on Route 17 74
Hilltop Christians 77
The Land and the Gospel 80
Revelation 81
Rufus Harris 83
Missionary in Reverse 87
Do-Gooders 90
Go Back and Dream Again 91
Warm Welcome 92
Mary and Betty 98
Eleven Ways of Looking at a Black Girl 100
The Invisible 109
Papa Joe 111
Skin 114
The Mirror 116
Gospel Music Seminar 119
The Church Crucified 121
Ed Bacon's Vision 126
Closure 128
Timeline 133
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