Religion: Christianity v. Jim Crow

The title sounded harmless, but of 4,500 Southern Protestant clergymen invited, only 300 attended the First Conference on Christian Faith and Human Relations, held in Nashville last week by the Tennessee Council of Churches and the Fellowship of Southern Churchmen. Those who came and many who did not knew their reasons well: to the troubled South, human relations mean race relations, and to many white Southern pastors, the No. 1 problem is how to preach Christianity while Jim Crow sits in the congregation.

Dr. Benjamin Mays, Negro president of Atlanta's Morehouse College, stated...

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