[The Church and Violence, Part 3: Methods for Black Social Progress]

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Roy Wilkins and Andrew Young speak at Interdenominational Theological Center lecture on the Church and Violence and the methods for Black social progress. Wilkins explains that the young Black extremists who advocate violence are a small minority of the total Black population. Wilkins also discusses the role of the church in reforming the present system. Martin Luther King Sr. introduces Andrew Young by speaking of his son’s (Martin Luther King Jr.) death and the progress of Blacks. Andrew Young discusses the physical and mental aspects of violence. Young explains how the actions of young Blacks are in response to mental and physical violence. He proposes Blacks use the economic and political tools to advance social progress. Lecture concludes with remarks by Dr. Harry V. Richardson.

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00:00:07 Roy Wilkins talks about polls that indicate Black extremists being a small minority among the Black population and also how people under 30 year of age believe progress is being made.

00:00:48 Says it is true that the Negro American has been deprived of rights and opportunities in a deliberate and systematic fashion for decades and generations by being exploited, robbed, beaten, and killed.

00:02:36 Talks about how some young Blacks in their attempts to secure status and make up for past inequities do not rule out the use of violence.

00:03:26 Talks about the blunt, abrasive revolutionary actions of young Black people being stimulated by the treatment accorded their race by the dominant majority of the population.

00:04:11 States how it is in the areas of calculation in their chances of achieving their goals that is the Achilles heel of the Black movement.

00:09:39 Talks about how the NAACP dealt with the hard and bloody reality of Negro existence. They took the long slow road that led to strength and growth and survival of both White and Black populations.

00:13:36 Talks about reform of the present system or the destruction of it and the substitution for something else. Overwhelming Negro majority wants in and not out. Young people who do want to destroy do not listen to their elders or fellow students.

00:16:10 Talks about the church as being the ideal agency to make an evaluation because it has passed through many cycles in its ministry toward mankind.

00:21:00 Talks about social change and how changes do not occur among masses of humanity overnight.

00:22:03 Concludes presentation.

00:22:22 Rev.Martin Luther King Sr. talks about Martin Luther King Jr. who was taken and how he will never get over it. He also talks about how Andrew Young was close to Martin Luther King Jr.

00:23:23 Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. talks to and presents Andrew Young. Talks about the fight for Blacks not being over and he will not live to see it over, but he has lived when Atlanta would not accept Roy Wilkins representing the NAACP - Atlanta is ours as much as anybody else.

00:24:34 Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. tells Dr. Charles B. Copher and all in attendance he is their brother and he hopes they are his. He loves them and he hopes they love him.

00:24:57 Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. talks to audience about trying to preach Sunday morning on repentance. Tells Roy Wilkins America will not repent and if she doesn’t do it she can tell it good bye.

00:25:48 Andrew Young thanks Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Sr. Talks about how Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. has been the daddy of the movement.

00:26:57 Andrew Young talks about the problem confronting society and what America is dealing with is two or three Black communities.

00:31:13 Talks about the child of the derivative violence of the society. The boy that doesn’t have emotional security and stability to stand up and use his mind so he lashes out and throws bricks and bottles.

00:32:34 Talks about mental violence creates clouds of inferiority in the mental skies of Black children that destroys them mentally by the time they are 10 years old.

00:36:03 Talks about seeing the violence around the world being responsible for the violence we see in the Black community.

00:36:31 Talks about having to see that all violence is a sickness. Talks about the sickness of two Black brothers arguing and one cuts the other before you know it. Talks about the Black Panther Party for Defense.

00:38:16 Talks about the harassment of young Black men by the police is intolerable. It’s designed to humiliate and intimidate and inevitably one day it will explode.

00:39:26 Talks about police raid on the headquarters of Black Nationalist of Cleveland.

00:41:09 Talks about what is happening on campuses.

00:44:18 Says we have got to be on the side of the oppressed whether they are violent or not. Talks about how the church never talked nonviolence until Black folk got violent.

00:51:27 Talks about the church, eating grapes, and Cesar Chavez and Mexican workers.

00:55:23 Says the economic and political power tools that are available to Blacks are the only methods that will bring about significant progress and social change.

00:56:03 Talks about reparations and “Religion and the Rise of Capitalism.”

00:59:57 Dr. Harry V. Richardson speaks and gives final remarks.

01:00:40 Audio ends.


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