From Every Mountainside: Black Churches and the Broad Terrain of Civil Rights

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Essays on the civil rights movement outside the South and since the 1960s.

It has become popular to confine discussion of the American civil rights movement to the mid-twentieth-century South. From Every Mountainside contains essays that refuse to bracket the quest for civil rights in this manner, treating the subject as an enduring topic yet to be worked out in American politics and society. Individual essays point to the multiple directions the quest for civil rights has ...

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Overview

Essays on the civil rights movement outside the South and since the 1960s.

It has become popular to confine discussion of the American civil rights movement to the mid-twentieth-century South. From Every Mountainside contains essays that refuse to bracket the quest for civil rights in this manner, treating the subject as an enduring topic yet to be worked out in American politics and society. Individual essays point to the multiple directions the quest for civil rights has taken, into the North and West, and into policy areas left unresolved since the end of the 1960s, including immigrant and gay rights, health care for the uninsured, and the persistent denials of black voting rights and school equality. In exploring these issues, the volume’s contributors shed light on distinctive regional dimensions of African American political and church life that bear in significant ways on both the mobilization of civil rights activism and the achievement of its goals.

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“This volume collects essays stretching across time and geographic space to provide a historically and sociologically rich look at historic and contemporary black churches and activism on issues ranging from traditional civil rights concerns to immigrant and gay rights, health care policy, voter suppression, HIV/AIDS, and educational policy … Highly recommended.” — CHOICE

“It has become popular to confine discussion of the American civil rights movement to the mid-twentieth-century South. From Every Mountainside contains essays that refuse to bracket the quest for civil rights in this manner, treating the subject as an enduring topic yet to be worked out in American politics and society … [the] contributors shed light on distinctive regional dimensions of African American political and church life that bear in significant ways on both the mobilization of civil rights activism and the achievement of its goals.” — Sir Read a Lot

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438447247
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 1/2/2014
  • Pages: 381
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Drew Smith is Scholar-in-Residence in the Leadership Center at Morehouse College. He is the editor of several books, including Freedom’s Distant Shores: American Protestants and Post-Colonial Alliances with Africa and Long March Ahead: African American Churches and Public Policy in Post-Civil Rights America.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction by R. Drew Smith

Mid-Twentieth Century Church Activism Beyond the South

1. Black Church Divisions and Civil Rights Activism in Chicago
James R. Ralph, Jr., Middlebury College

2. The NAACP, Black Churches, and the Struggle for Black Empowerment in New Haven, 1955–1961
Yohuru R. Williams, Fairfield University

3. Ruby Hurley, U.S. Protestantism, and NAACP Student Work, 1940–1950
Rosetta E. Ross, Spelman College

4. Black Churches, Peoples Temple, and Civil Rights Politics in San Francisco
James Lance Taylor, University of San Francisco

5. Philadelphia’s Opportunities Industrialization Center and the Black Church’s Quest for Economic Justice
Juan M. Floyd-Thomas, Vanderbilt Divinity School

6. The Black Panther Party and the Black Church
Steve McCutcheon, Carl B. Munck Elementary School
Judson L. Jeffries, Ohio State University
Omari L. Dyson, South Carolina State University

7. Racial Discrimination and the Radical Politics of New York Clergyman, Milton A. Galamison
Clarence Taylor, Baruch College

Public Sphere Capital and Contemporary Rights Expectations

8. Black Clergy, Educational Fairness, and Pursuit of the Common Good
R. Drew Smith, Morehouse College

9. Black Churches and Black Voter Suppression in Florida and Ohio
Maurice Mangum, Texas Southern University

10. African American Churches, Health Care, and the Health Reform Debate
Larry G. Murphy, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

11. The Obama Administration, Faith-Based Policy, and Religious Groups’ Hiring Rights
David K. Ryden, Hope College

Prevailing Boundaries of Social Difference

12. Black Church Burnings in the 1990s and Faith-Based Responses
Katie Day, Luthern Theological Seminary

13. Civil Rights Rhetoric in Media Coverage of Marriage Equality Debates: Massachusetts and Georgia
Traci C. West, Drew University

14. The Feminization of HIV/AIDS and Passivity of Black Church Responses in Denver and Beyond
Carroll Watkins Ali, Greater Denver Interfaith Alliance

15. Black Churches and African American Opinion on Immigration Policy
R. Khari Brown, Wayne State University

16. Religious Others and a New Blackness in Post 9/11 California
James Lance Taylor, University of San Francisco

Contributors
Index

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