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ERIC Number: ED002042
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1956
Pages: 15
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INTEGRATION.
MASTON, T.B.
THE SUPREME COURT DECISION OF 1954 REPRESENTED A CULMINATION OF TRENDS--POLITICAL, SOCIAL, AND RELIGIOUS. IN ADDITION TO THE LEGAL BACKGROUND AND CONTROVERSY OVER SEGREGATION, MANY OTHER FORCES AND FACTORS CONTRIBUTED TO THE MOVE TOWARD ELIMINATING DISCRIMINATION. THE SCIENCES, BOTH NATURAL AND SOCIAL, HAVE HELPED TO UNDERMINE THE OLD CONCEPTS CONCERNING RACE. THE IMPROVEMENT IN THE CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL LEVEL OF THE AMERICAN NEGRO HAS RESULTED IN A DEEPENING AWARENESS OF RIGHTS AND A GREATER PRIDE IN RACE. THE FACT THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS BECOME A WORLD POWER, ALONG WITH THE THREAT OF COMMUNISM, HAS ALSO CONTRIBUTED TO A GREATER COLOR CONSCIOUSNESS. FINALLY, THE MESSAGE OF THE CHURCH HAS BEEN A MAJOR FACTOR IN CHANGING THE RACIAL PATTERN. AS CHRISTIANS, CHURCH MEMBERS HAVE AS A FIRST RESPONSIBILITY TO ACCEPT THE SUPREME COURT DECISION AS THE LAW OF THE LAND. THEY SHOULD ATTEMPT TO CREATE AN ATMOSPHERE THAT WILL MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR OFFICIALS TO COMPLY WITH THE LAW, AND THEY SHOULD RECOGNIZE THE SERIOUS DIFFICULTIES FACED BY MANY COMMUNITIES. INTEGRATION IS A CHRISTIAN PROBLEM, AND CHURCHES SHOULD BE FAITHFUL IN PROCLAIMING THE PRINCIPLES THAT APPLY TO THE PROBLEM.
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Authoring Institution: Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, Nashville, TN.
Identifiers: Tennessee (Nashville)