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The Church Awakens: African Americans and the Struggle for Justice

episcopalarchives.orgFor these are times which not only try men’s souls, but also infect and poison them. The seeds of anger and hatred, bitterness and prejudice, are already widely sown, and as Christians, we need to do our utmost to uproot and cast them out.

These words resounded from the pulpit of Duncan Montgomery Gray on Sunday, September 30, 1962 as a racial storm outside the walls of his Oxford, Mississippi church gained momentum. Gray’s prophetic reflections did not keep well with Southern mores in an era and place defined by segregation, but they epitomized Gray’s sentiment towards racism.

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