Faith in Community: Interracial Discussions and Ecumenical Protestantism, 1945-1960

Connor Kenaston
Historians have described the postwar racial justice activism of predominantly white ecumenical organizations like the Young Women’s Christian Association, Federal Council of Churches, and the Young Men’s Christian Association as “tepid” and “conciliatory.” Drawing on discussion guides, periodicals, and archival materials, this paper shifts the analysis from the organizations themselves to their black staff members. Pairing new social science research with Christian and democratic principles, women and men like Dorothy Height, George Haynes, and Maynard...
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