[The Church and Violence, Part 6: The Church’s Response to Violence]

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Dr. Hough, Dr. McCloud and others participate in a conversation on violence and discuss the churches response to violence. The discussion centers on church responses to violence in the cities of Los Angeles and Atlanta. Dr. Hough gives details of the churches response to the Watts Rebellion as Dr. McCloud talks about Atlanta’s church community’s lack of response to violence.

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00:00:24 Rev. Shorts thanks Dr. Brunson and makes announcement. Introduces Dr. Hough.

00:01:41 Dr. Hough makes preliminary comments and numbers the types of violence he perceives happening in Los Angeles area, mentioning police violence, United States violence in Vietnam, and the Watts Rebellion.

00:03:25 Talks about how from his perspective, the chief problem of the White church is its continued acquiescence in the perpetration of structural violence on relatively powerless people.

00:7:40 Talks about the action of the church in the alienation of youth in society.

00:12:42 Talks about one of the most significant corporate responses of the White church to structural violence in the city of Los Angeles has been the inter-religious committee on goals.

00:19:12 Talks about Southern California council of Churches commission on religion and race. Talks about how the organization grew out of the Watts situation. Significant aspect was the formulation of the corridor ministry.

00:25:18 Talks about conference on the Black Church and the Black Revolution. Black Seminary students from the school of Theology at Clermont invited Rev. Albert Cleage of Detroit to address ministers in the area.

00:32:22 Dr. McCloud talks about how Atlanta is a proud city with many accomplishments. Atlanta University Center is not on tourists map.

00:53:54 Talks about attempt to survey and analyze churches in Atlanta in response to violence.

00:56:32 Talks about how churches had relegated social change to the chamber of commerce and the mayor. Talks about churchmen saying the two things that have had the greatest bearing upon Atlanta churches involvement in the whole social arena was a speech by the president of the Atlanta Chamber of commerce and hosting the funeral of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

01:00:54 Talks about students in Black schools attend larger classes, have fewer textbooks per student, go to schools in less valued buildings, attend schools with higher pupil teacher ratios and are less likely to attend schools with speech therapy programs.

01:02:28 Man Talks about noticing difference in demeanor in Africans and Negros. Africans called Negros in Americans Black Europeans. Africans did not believe Negros in America had their culture but a technological culture.

01:04:57 Questions from audience.


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