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Abandonment in Dixie: Underdevelopment in the Black Belt
By author: Veronica L. Womack
Product Code: P461
ISBN: 9780881464405
Publisher: Mercer University Press
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The Black Belt region has been described as America's Third World. Although this region has been defined historically by eminent scholars such as W.E.B. Dubois, Booker T. Washington, and Arthur Raper, a new twenty-first century definition is needed to address current conditions within the region.
An Ex-Colored Church: Social Activism in the CME Church, 1870-1970
By author: Raymond R. Sommerville Jr.
Product Code: P280
ISBN: 9780865549036
Pages: 246
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The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church was an important part of the historic freedom struggles of African Americans from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights movement. This fight for equality and freedom can be seen clearly in the denomination's evolving social and ecumenical consciousness. The denomination's very name changed from "Colored" to "Christian" in 1954, but the denomination did not join the struggle late. Rather, the CME was a critical participant from the days following the Civil War. At times, the Church was at odds with their white Methodist counterparts and in solidarity with other African-American denominations on issues of racial desegregation and the role of social protest in religion. Raymond Sommerville's important book discusses the relationship between Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the CME. While King and others received most of the headlines during the Civil Rights Era, the CME proved to be involved at all levels and equally important in all they did. With its strategic location in the South and its long history of ecumenical involvement, the CME Church emerged as a leading advocate of ecumenical civil rights activism. Previous interpretations asserted that the CME was apolitical and accomodationist or that it was more progressive than it was. Sommerville presents a more nuanced account of how a church of largely former slaves emancipated itself from the constraints of white Methodist paternalism and Jim Crow racism to emerge as a progressive force of racial justice and ecumenism in the South and beyond. Sommerville examines major centers of the CME--Nashville, Birmingham, Memphis, Atlanta--and selected leaders in the South in charting the gradual metamorphosis of the former CME as a largely nonpolitical body of former slaves in 1870 to a more politically active denomination at the apex of the modern Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.
Democracy in Twenty-First Century America: Race, Class, Religion, and Region
By author: Ronald B. Neal
Product Code: P448
ISBN: 9780881462869
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Pages: 138
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Democracy in Twenty-First Century America: Race, Class, Religion, and Region is an exercise in religious and political philosophy. Fundamentally concerned with the racial and economic crisis of democracy in the United States, this book engages the new face of inequality in America and the new challenges presented to the American democratic project. Addressing the population of one Southern state, South Carolina, this book contends that the vestiges of America's past are now compounded with unprecedented racial and economic dilemmas.
Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays : A Pictorial Life And Times
By author: Carrie M. Dumas
Product Code: H704
ISBN: 9780881460162
Pages: 202
Product Format: Hardback
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As a result of Benjamin Mays's many contributions, he was not only recog-nized as one of the great minds of the twentieth century, but also left an indelible impact on so many of those he touched. To chronicle the amazing life and contributions of Mays, Carrie Dumas draws from numerous archival sourcesand presents a photographic biography (more than 100 images) of one of America's most notable citizens.
Erasing Public Memory : Race, Aesthetics, and Cultural Amnesia in the Americas
Edited by: Jana Evans Braziel, Joseph A. Young
Product Code: P327
ISBN: 9780881460582
Pages: 280
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Erasing Public Memory confronts the unacknowledged and uninterrogated assimilation of racial categories into aesthetic theories. The editors and contributors based much of their analysis on exposing the phenomenon that race and racism is at the very center of knowledge production in the academy, a process designed not so much to achieve a disinterested will to epistemological thresholds of truth, but to invent a racialized meta-rationality to the exclusion of all alternative ways of knowing.

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