With respect to mainline religious denominations, perhaps the most enduring impact of the civil rights movement was to compel them to confront the contribution of their institutional structures and processes to the what Gunnar Myrdal described as "an American dilemma." Leaders of denominations were forced to recognize and acknowledge the complicity of major religious institutions in American race problems in employment, education, housing, and citizen participation in public appairs.
The symposium will examine the responses of religious denominations to this challenge. As a particular case study, they will discuss Dr. W. Astor Kirk's recent book describing how Methodist Blacks conducted "civil rights" events to rid the Methodist Church of "involuntary" racial separatism. His book is entitled DESEGREGATION OF THE METHODIST CHURCH POLITY: Reform Movements That Ended Racial Segregation.
Office of Institutional Advancement
Huston Tillotson University
900 Chicon Street
Austin, TX 78702
Phone: (512) 505-3070
W. Astor Kirk, Ph.D.
P. O. Box 470
Suitland, MD 20752-0470
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