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Now, what I want to know from you, Mr. Marsh, is just how much superstition is involved, in your own mind, relative to the Empirical Fact of the Resurrection, as a manifested historical occurrence...?
I am also cautioning you: That if you attempt to quote me out of context: Especially, on the matter of my insistence upon the Empirical Fact of the Resurrection... I am going to be "ready" for you, Mr. Marsh.
Charles Marsh: "More than anything else, Hudgins was retreating to a piety that disconnected language from reality, which fashioned a serene, self-enclosed world, undisturbed by the sufferings of blacks and Jews."
"That nearly tore me to pieces... I identified totally with that man in the stretcher….I really got mad at God. If He was love and the warden was an example of it, I didn't want anything to do with Him."
Charles Marsh: "With his head now buried in his hands, King bowed over the kitchen table and prayed aloud."
Charles Marsh: "Hudgins invoked the familiar claim that neither segregation nor integration have anything to do with the Gospel."
“I have seen with my eyes whites protecting blacks with their bodies and blacks bleeding to shield whites from whites.”
Charles Marsh describes Charles Sherrod’s work in southeast Georgia.
Charles Marsh recounts the formation and activities of The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission.
"[Reverend G.T. Gillespie and Reverend Reid Miller were the] patron saints of the Citizens' Council."
Charles Marsh recounts the bombing of the Reverend Allan Johnson's parsonage.
Charles Marsh recounts the Reverend Allan Johnson's response to the bombing - an invitation to Martin Luther King, Jr. to speak from his pulpit.
Charles Marsh recounts Martin Luther King, Jr.'s first ride on an integrated bus in Montgomery, Alabama with Glenn Smiley and Ralph Abernathy.
Charles Marsh expands on Sullivan's description of Rev. Douglas Hudgins' meticulous style.
I really got my eyes opened...
I was president of the student body at the time, I was in it up to my ears...all of the arguments for and against, mostly against integration...
...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...
...in Oxford, we had met together, we issued statements... pretty tame...., but that did provide, once again, a lot of communication between black and white communicants in the towns that didn't exist anywhere else during those troubled times.
I can see the headline now, "State Organization Declared Communist".
...[the King Edward's Hotel meeting of the Mississippi Council] was the 1st integrated dinner meeting to be held in a hotel in Jackson.
It was something about it, you know, the suffering that was in the song that you could see.
...I think a number of people did see it. They were generally not people of power...
If [black folk] have souls, then they’re really no different.
...there should never have been a Department of Christian Social Relations, there should only have been a Department of Evangelism.
Dad had broken with the Klan, had gone through a nervous breakdown and worked over that and the estrangement from his family... He was accused of being a communist, that kind of thing.
They’d say, 'Don’t let anyone hear you say that.' And I said, 'Well, you heard me say that.' They said, 'Yeah, but I know that you’re crazy. You’re crazy but you’re a friend of mine, I’m not gonna hurt you but they will hurt you.'
I never went into the Civil Rights Movement to quote ‘help Negroes.’
Eleanor [Roosevelt] was always adopting, especially young southern men from–to sort of bring them along, so I was one of her last protégés before she, before she died.
I was... hired specifically [by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee] to be a campus traveler to white southern campuses.
We said, 'We understand you’ve located the car, and we demand to see it.' He said, 'You’re in no position to demand anything.' He said, 'You’ll be lucky to live through the day.' I said, 'We will not lleave until we see it.'