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Black Pioneers in a White Denomination

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Focusing largely on two pioneering black ministers -- Egbert Ethelred Brown, founder of the first Unitarian church in Harlem, and Lewis A. McGee, founder of the Interracial Free Religious Fellowship in Chicago's black ghetto -- Black Pioneers paints a painful yet important portrait of racism in liberal religion. Includes compelling stories from some of today's more integra ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published October 15th 1994 by Skinner House Books (first published February 1984)
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I was disappointed in this book, perhaps because I had different expectations. It is a case study of a couple Black UU (well, one U, I think) ministers in two different time periods, whereas I thought it was more about racial diversity, anti-racism, and racial justice within UUism - it does touch on that, but that's not primarily what the book is about. That said, the history is important.
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Morrison-Reed delves into hidden chapters of Unitarian Universalist history- two African-American ministers who strove to bring Unitarianism to their communities, while going against the grain of a denomination that that wasn't quite ready for them. A little dry at times, but still an amazing and powerful story- and I've only started!
The last two chapters sum it up. The long middle section is like reading a sociologist's or historian's doctoral thesis--I guess that's what it was. Anyway, I'm really interested in reading his new book and going to see him on 2/8/2009.
Halcyon Westall
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