Reflections on the History of the Society for the Study of Black Religion featuring Lawrence N. Jones (video)
Address: Lawrence N. Jones, Reflections on the Ten Year History of SSBR, and a status report
Society for the Study of Black Religion Collection
Gyraud Wilmore introduces speaker Lawrence N. Jones (dean of Howard University School of Divinity) as audience members including James and Cecil Cone and Charles Shelby Rooks listen. Jones gives reflections on the history of the Society for the Study of Black Religion. He describes how the Society was born in the turbulent environment after World War II through a detail of events. The events include Willie Ricks “Black power” chant in Greenwood Mississippi in the march on Selma, the founding of the National Committee of Black Churchmen, the Black Declaration of Independence, the Rockefeller brothers support for the Fund for Theological education and the 1970 meeting at the Interdenominational Theological Center. Jones highlights the importance of the theological activity of ITC during the time. Charles Shelby Brooks along with others in the audience contend it was the meeting at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta where the Society for the Study of Black Religion was first conceived.
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Wilmore, Gyraud; Jones, Lawrence; Cone, James; and Rooks, Charles Shelby, "Reflections on the History of the Society for the Study of Black Religion featuring Lawrence N. Jones (video)" (1980). Society for the Study of Black Religion Collection, Audio-Visual Recordings. 11.
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