Churches: Southern Desegregation

The unedifying bitterness that keeps Christian whites from wanting to pray in church next to Christian Negroes does not end spontaneously. Instead, it usually gives way before glacierlike pressures from above—from bishops, synods and church conferences, followed by pastors and priests. This process, advanced in the North, is slowly reaching the pulpits and even the congregations of Southern Protestants.

Presbyterian Precept. Responding to the marching orders of this year's General Conference, white-only Methodist jurisdictions in the South have begun to explore merging with smaller Negro conferences. At its General Assembly in April, the Southern Presbyterian Church ordered the integration of...

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