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Their answer -- a huge NO SWIMMING AT AMY TIME sign.
We all got out of the water feeling totally humiliated, and to compound that emotion, the last thing we saw of them was the smirky smiles of victory on their faces.
In my mind, this single encounter with the Chief of Police, and his seeming to give in to us, was the bell signaling the beginning of the fight that moved the civil rights struggle in Mendenhall, Mississippi into high gear.
'IF ONE GO WE ALL GO, IF ONE STAY WE ALL STAY.' Standoff!
His words were very simple but they awakened in the people, something that had been lying dormant for generations.
In our minds, we were waging a just war on an unjust system.
Well, with Louise marching beside me, I would stand out like a sore thumb. A black boy with a white girl—it was asking for trouble.
[My father's] eyes... seem to almost bulge out of his head. His clothes were torn and full of blood. The bloody bump on top of his head was as large as my fist and the expression on his face looked as if he had been visited by death itself.
[Acts 16:20-23] was too similar to be coincidental. But if it had any meaning, why didn't God finish the story. There was no angel of deliverance, no earthquake to shake open the prison doors. Where was God? How could he let this happen?
Charles Marsh: "Abernathy took upon himself the task of recruiting the young preacher, and he worked his friend hard."
Charles Marsh: "The Holt Street address of December 5, 1955 marks but the beginning of a theological education at once chastened and empowered by the living church."
Charles Marsh: "The gradualism King would lament in his 1963 “Letter from the Birmingham City Jail” was the gradualism he embraced in the first days of the Montgomery protest."
Charles Marsh: "King told reporters that his decision against calling segregation itself into question had been a mistake and needed to be reversed."
Charles Marsh: "King felt the undercurrents of rage that had run strong for years in the black community swelling into the immediate threat of violence."
Charles Marsh: "He implored the militant church in Montgomery to commit itself to the mission of reconciliation with a passion at least equal to its commitment to legal reform."
Charles Marsh: "...in King’s hands, the idea of beloved community was invigorated with theological vitality and moral urgency, so that the prospects of social progress came to look less like an evolutionary development and more like a divine gift."
Charles Marsh: "By the end of February, a Montgomery grand jury began handing down indictments against MIA members under state boycott law."
Charles Marsh: "White Alabamians were fit to be tied."
Charles Marsh: "Douglas Hudgins was the premier theologian of the closed society."
Charles Marsh: "The church visitors were turned away with the threat that arrests and jail sentences would result from further attempts to sully Hudgins' sanctuary."
Charles Marsh: "...faith in the cross of Jesus must inspire wholesome living, civic responsibility and all around niceness."
Charles Marsh: "It is not an exaggeration to say that one can simply not understand white indifference to black suffering and liberation during the civil rights movement without understanding the religion of William Douglas Hudgins."
"Well mam, I guess you've got to decide whether to follow your granddaddy or Jesus."
"I guess it is also a Christian principle... to tear out of the New Testament all those pages which proclaim the universality of the Christian brotherhood and which so terribly upset our complacent social traditions."
Charles Marsh: "Koinonia Farm was thus built on a hermeneutical decision."
Charles Marsh: "To them, Koinonia Farm was as much a part of the civil rights movement as the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and about that they were right."
"get the nuts out of Georgia”.
"Get the nuts out of Georgia."
Charles Marsh: "A remarkable thing happened. From 1962 to 1965, Koinoina Farm found itself reborn as a place of hospitality for movement activists, peacemakers and southern dissidents."
"Persecution is a terrible thing... but faithlessness is far worse... The biggest lie being told in America today is, 'Jesus is Lord.'"