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Monday, January 21, 2008

This week at History of whites-only towns.

Historian Dan Carter reviews James Loewen's book Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism, which tells the forgotten story of American communities that actively expelled and excluded blacks.

From the archives for this Martin Luther King Jr Day: Thomas Mikelson writes that King served a troublesome, dangerous, demanding God. I retell the story of the Unitarian Universalist Association's response to King's call to Selma in 1965, which cost UU minister James Reeb and layperson Viola Liuzzo their lives; King's eulogy for Reeb [pdf], who was murdered in Selma and whose death Lyndon Johnson invoked in calling for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, was published for the first time by UU World in 2001.

In the news this week, Jane Greer reports that a delegation from the UUA and the UU Service Committee has left on a fact-finding mission to Kenya; the UUA and UUSC have established a relief fund to help victims of political violence in that country. Jane also reports on a new archive and website collecting the stories of UU people of color, the UU Sankofa Project. And Sonja Cohen tracks another week of Unitarian Universalists in the media.

Copyright © 2008 by Philocrites | Posted 21 January 2008 at 8:39 AM

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