The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell

 

 

 

"The church, tragically, has been known to compromise its ideals."
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Angella Current-Felder

 

 

 

 

 

"So many today have no 
knowledge of the historic contributions blacks have made to the Methodist Church."

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Mai Gray

 

 

 

 

 

 

"There were things that were not good, but out of it came growth."
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Rhett Jackson

 

 

 

 

"I had no idea that racism was so bad in South Carolina. And I was especially surprised that a lot of our clergy, white clergy, had a lot of racism."

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Bishop Leontine Kelly

 


"Poppa said, 'Well, they left, but we’re staying. And we’re staying to try to just get this church straight because they can’t be the church of Jesus Christ without us.'"

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The Rev. Joseph Lowery

 



"There are some questions that will never be answered, like 'Why did the blacks who remained in the Methodist Church do so?'"

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June Pembroke

 

 


"They probably
thought that we were being short-changed,
but we weren’t at all because we developed friendships from people all over the United States."

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Bishop Forrest Stith

 

 

 


"The celebration and the fellowship were something
unique and unlike anything I had ever experienced."

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Bishop Woodie White

 

 


"We were dealing with people who had never literally sat down at a table with black people."

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The Rev. Mamie Williams

 

 

"Without a doubt it gave blacks during that period an opportunity to really relate at a deeper level."
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