Open Friendship in a Closed Society: Racial Reconciliation in Mississippi after the Civil Rights Movement (video)

Posted on December 28, 2015 by PLT Staff

Lecture given by Peter Slade at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Slade discusses historical narratives and the storytelling aspect of marking their beginnings and endings, especially regarding the civil rights movement. He then delves into the responses of the white Protestant church to issues of race, and their support of white supremacy. Slade goes on to discuss Mission Mississippi, an interracial church-based racial reconciliation group, and examines whether its model of reconciliation can effectively address the issue of social justice. For a listing of all our Occasional Lectures, click here.

Excerpt: “Now the danger of this model is that the whites feel pleased with themselves – self righteous – and forget whenever told that simply meeting for conversation and prayer with someone from a different church, different denomination, different socioeconomic background and even a different race, this is only reconciliation 101. There are other courses the church must take before it can graduate as the church of open friendship.”

  • Video Information
  • Date Recorded:November 5, 2014
  • Location Recorded:Charlottesville, VA
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