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

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 25%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 84%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (11) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $10.11   
  • Used (8) from $1.99   


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.

Read More Show Less

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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870784354
  • Publisher: The Century Foundation
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,036,704
  • 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.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)