Churches: Is God Black?

Near closing time in the dining room of St. Louis' Gateway Hotel last week, six customers were lingering over their table. "Why don't you boys get out so I can go home?" said the white woman cashier. Unfortunately, the "boys" happened to be delegates to the annual conference of the National Committee of Black Churchmen, which was being held in the hotel. In protest against what they considered a racial slight, the 400 black ministers attending the meeting stalked out of the Gateway and finished their convention in an Episcopal church. The...

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