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Fighting the Good Fight : The Story of the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, 1865-1977 - Houston Bryan Roberson

Fighting the Good Fight

The Story of the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, 1865-1977

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Published: 1st May 2005
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The Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church played an important role in the Civil Rights movement--it was the planning area of the Montgomery bus boycott, which served as a model for other grassroots demonstrations and which also propelled Martin Luther King, Jr. into the national spotlight.
Roberson chronicles five generations in the life of this congregation. He uses it as a lens through which to explore how the church functioned as a formative social, cultural, and political institution within a racially fractured and continually shifting cultural and civil landscape. Roberson highlights some of the prominent figures associated with the church, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as some of the less prominent figures--for example the many women whose organizational efforts sustained the church.

"Fighting the Good Fight represents a new departure in black church history. It avoids the pitfalls of hagiography, antiquarianism and 'in-house' histories, and portrays Dexter Avenue Church as a living institution with strengths, weaknesses, complexities, and an ongoing character that transcended the influence of any individual minister, even Martin Luther King, Jr. It could be called the biography of Dexter Avenue Church. Roberson carefully and skillful places the history of Dexter in the changing political, social, and racial contexts of the period from Reconstruction to 1977. The text is thoughtful and analytical, without being laden with jargon or theory. Roberson has crafted a narrative that is accessible and engaging, at times compelling. Fighting the Good Fight is a jewel of a monograph. Anyone interested in the history, sociology, or theology of the black church will enjoy reading this book." -Reginald F. Hildebrand Universtity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill "Fighting the Good Fight represents a new departure in black church history. It avoids the pitfalls of hagiography, antiquarianism and 'in-house' histories, and portrays Dexter Avenue Church as a living institution with strengths, weaknesses, complexities, and an ongoing character that transcended the influence of any individual minister, even Martin Luther King, Jr. It could be called the biography of Dexter Avenue Church. Roberson carefully and skillful places the history of Dexter in the changing political, social, and racial contexts of the period from Reconstruction to 1977. The text is thoughtful and analytical, without being laden with jargon or theory. Roberson has crafted a narrative that isaccessible and engaging, at times compelling. Fighting the Good Fight is a jewel of a monograph. Anyone interested in the history, sociology, or theology of the black church will enjoy reading this book." -Reginald F. Hildebrand, Universtity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Called to Freedom, 1865-1905p. 1
Workers that Needeth Not Be Ashamed, 1905-1916p. 25
Waiting for a New Day, 1916-1948p. 51
A Prophet Hath Been among Them, 1948-1953p. 81
The Substance of Things Hoped for, 1954-1960p. 109
Still, a Plentiful Harvest, 1960-1977p. 161
Conclusion: Fighting the Good Fightp. 189
Notesp. 203
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ISBN: 9780415949217
ISBN-10: 0415949211
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st May 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.49  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1