Books: Fierce Logic

THE LUMINOUS DARKNESS by Howard Thurman. ] 13 pages. Harper & Row. $3.

Somewhere in the South, a Negro seats himself in a newly integrated café. "Do you have any collard greens?" he asks the waitress. "Do you have any pigs' feet or pigs' tails? Do you have any mustard greens and corn bread?" To each question, the answer is no. "Well," says the Negro, "you folks aren't ready for integration."

With that apocryphal story, Author Thurman makes several points. The white South is indeed not ready for integration. Integration cannot fully arrive as long as the Negro feels he must strip himself...

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