[The Church and Violence, Part 4: The Church’s Response to 1960’s Violence and Social Unrest]

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In a conversation on the church and violence, Rev. Bennie E. Whiten Jr., Rev. Perry Fuller and Rev. Musil give presentations on the church response to violence and social unrest of the 1960’s. Discussed in the presentations are the Bedford Stuyvesant and Harlem rebellions in New York City in the summer of 1964, and the civil and social unrest in Rochester and Denver, Colorado. Responses by these community churches include fundraising to support African American self-help organizations like OIC and the formation of several task forces.

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00:00:05 Unidentified man talks about ontology of violence, the utility of violence, and the churches response to violence. He also introduces Bennie E. Whiten.

00:01:31 Bennie E. Whiten thanks unidentified gentleman and talks about sharing some of the findings and concerns on the church and violence in the metropolitan New York area.

00:04:23 Talks about the rebellions in Harlem and Bedford Stuyvesant sections in the city of New York City in the summer of 1964 as the first of several violent disorders and the response of the church.

00:11:43 Talks about meeting of what was called summer 1968 ad hoc committee attended by 14 persons representing 10 organizations. Some time was spent in discussing the credibility gap the church has faced visa vi the ghetto communities.

00:16:00 Talks about friction developed in the life of task force as many pastor’s resented the task force riot orientation.

00:28:17 Talks about the question of how the churches should or could respond to the threat of violence.

00:31:31 Rev. Perry Fuller gives thanks and greetings.

00:33:37 Talks about the board for urban ministry and the Rev. Herbert White as the executive director in 1964.

00:38:40 Talks about why social reconstruction demands that the church turn its energies to structural change in our societies.

00:42:14 Talks about background of the violence. Talks about the rise of Black population in Rochester, New York. Lack of concern or awareness of the desperate situation on the part of the white keepers and enforcers on the reservations.

00:52:33 Talks about recent achievements on the part of self-determining Black organization as Rochester community is fortunate to have. Talks about Black owned manufacturing company - the Fidon Corporation.

00:59:44 Talks about the Nixon administration dabbling with their answer to the poverty program called the “Community Development Act.” Talks about history of poverty programs in the past.

01:01:46 Audio cuts off.

01:02:02 Rev. Musil talks about regional or denominational executives of the Methodist the United Church of Christ, the Archdiocese of Denver, Diocese of Colorado Episcopal and the United Presbyterian Church.

01:08:26 Talks about a resolution being adopted at a meeting that represented various Christian and Jewish faiths, and a self-help project in Negro community called the Opportunities Industrialization Center.

01:15:10 Talks about four projects in Denver in response to violence: Colorado Opportunities Industrialization Center, Core City Ministries and ATSIV.

01:40:41 Talks about how church social action agencies should revise their guidelines in light of the 1967 summer experience to use their churches as sanctuaries to minimize violence against innocent.

01:43:51 Audio ends.


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