...he said okay, you can stay if your promise not to mention the race issue again as long as you live, as long as you're here...

Duncan Gray: In 1956, I was talking on the campus of Mississippi State University during a religious emphasis week......... essentially because I said segregation is incompatible with Christian Gospel...

...the 1st night there, I made my speech.... I was in the newspapers.... Long and short of it was, the legislature was in session, this was in February and there was all kinds of pressure on the college president, although this particular college president was very sympathetic to the legislature's position... when it cam out in the morning... he came back and gave me three options. He said I could retract the statement, basically that segregation is un­christian or I could say I was misquoted or I would have to leave...

[then]...he said okay, you can stay if your promise not to mention the race issue again as long as you live, as long as you're here---  Will was involved.... he came over and was with me during the time we were negotiating and trying.... I'd meet with the president, I'd meet with the committee of loo or whatever it was.... all of this....

I guess I was ordained with a deep concern about this that come out of my seminary experience.

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