Civil Rights as Theological Drama (transcript)

Posted on December 26, 2015 by PLT Staff

Transcript of a talk given by Bob Moses and Victoria Gray Adams at the Conference on Lived Theology and Civil Courage in Charlottesville, Virginia. Adams share her personal story and experience during the civil rights movement, and the role that her faith played in it. Moses reads a story that he has written about some of the people he knew in the movement, including Ella Baker and Fannie Lou Hamer.

Excerpt: “We were at a point right there in Hattiesburg where King Josiah was about to leave us. And I knew we had to keep this momentum going. I thought of the Scripture where a voice said ‘Who shall we send and who will go for us?’ And I said ‘Here am I, send me, I’ll go.’

And as I sat there and that thing played out in my head I had to get up and tell the gathered body about it. And I said ‘This is for we who live in Hattiesburg, we must understand that King Josiah has died, and it’s up to us to continue this, and I for one am saying ‘Here am I, I’ll go, send me.’ And I invite you to do the same.'”

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