Religion, Race, and Justice in a Changing America / Edition 1

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Overview

In many respects, religion was a bedrock of the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s. Theology infused the spirit and rhetoric of the movement, churches served as the gathering place for its followers, and men of the cloth--foremost among them the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.--led the perilous journey that changed the nation.

Today, the quest for improving the lives of racial minorities and pursuing justice is less a "movement" and more a collection of diffuse efforts to fend off a retrenchment from affirmative action and nondiscrimination laws, improve economic prospects for residents of low-income urban neighborhoods, and organize grass-roots political activities. In that context, the relationships between religion and civil rights have become less obvious and more complex.

This volume of essays takes stock of the ways in which different religions, their leaders, and their followers now see their role in promoting civil rights. Developed in conjunction with the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, this book is the first in a series edited by Gary Orfield and Holly J. Lebowitz. Authors include Robert Franklin, president of the Interdenominational Theological Center; Robin Lovin, dean of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University; David Chappell, a Buddhist scholar at the University of Hawaii; Amina Waddud, an Islam expert at Virginia Commonwealth University; Reuven Kimmelman at Brandeis University; and Allan Figueroa Deck, professor at the Loyola Institute for Spirituality.

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What People Are Saying

David E. Anderson
The struggle for racial equality in this country has fallen on hard and dismal times. If a renewed civil rights movement is to emerge in this difficult moment, it will almost certainly come out of the nation's religious communities, and Religion, Race and Justice in a Changing America could be the spark that ignites a new generation of people of faith to thought and action.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870784354
  • Publisher: The Century Foundation
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 60.00 (w) x 92.50 (h) x 7.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Orfield is professor of education and social policy and codirector of the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University. Holly J. Lebowitz, a recent graduate of Harvard Divinity School, is a religion writer in the Boston area.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Religion and Racial Justice 1
Pt. I The Civil Rights Tradition: The 1960s Movement and Today's Realities 25
1 Another Day's Journey: Faith Communities Renewing American Democracy 31
2 The Jewish Basis for Social Justice 41
3 The Beloved Community: An American Search 49
4 Religion, Civil Rights, and Civic Community: The Public Role of American Protestantism 67
Pt. II Broadening the Base: New Insights from Diverse Traditions 87
5 Buddhism and Civil Rights 93
6 Evangelical Cooperation in the Cause of Racial Justice 115
7 Latino Popular Religion and the Struggle for Justice 137
8 An Islamic Perspective on Civil Rights Issues 153
Pt. III Looking Ahead: Spiritual Resources for a New Movement 165
9 Civil Rights and the Common Good: Some Possible Contributions of Religious Communities 169
10 From "Beloved Community" to "Beloved Communities": Inviting New Faith Partners to the Civil Rights Struggle 175
Notes 181
Index 213
About the Contributors 225
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