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Standing on Holy Ground: A Triumph over Hate Crime in the Deep South
A sweeping epidemic of hate crime targeted over one hundred Southern Black Churches between 1995 and 1996, leaving them in charred ruins. St. John Baptist Church in Dixiana, South Carolina, was one of the first destroyed. This small, isolated church had faced dark times before. It had been viciously desecrated in 1985 and withstood more attacks until it was burned down in ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published May 16th 2002 by St. Martin's Press
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After my posting about NATCHEZ BURNING by Greg Isles, I heard from a former student who reminded me of this book and the truly remarkable woman, Ammie Murray, who inspired it. With what is happening in my state (SC) now, I thought I wanted to go back and reread about the good we are capable of doing in the face of evil. So glad I did. This is not fiction; it is absolutely true. An honest, well-written account of one of the saints who have walked amongst us.
The "dark corners of the south" happens to be an area that I lived a few years back because of its deep water lakes and lush trees that change color with every season. A generationally black community with trickles of what I call " red necks" living among with their mama, their daddy, auntie bessie, and brother billy.
As a single white woman, I was more frightened of the white folk than the blacks there and with good reason.
This book details that fear of a community recovering from racial bully ...more