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Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community
Leah Gunning Francis

Paperback: Chalice Press, 2015.
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The Kindle edition of this book is on sale for $4.99 through Saturday August 8…

Read an op-ed reflection that Leah Gunning Francis wrote for us earlier this year…

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LGFrancisStaying Awake


An Op-Ed on Ferguson and Faith


By Leah Gunning Francis,
author of Ferguson and Faith
(Forthcoming, Chalice Press,
Summer 2015)

In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech titled Don’t Sleep Through the Revolution during a Unitarian Universalist General Assembly meeting in Hollywood, Florida.  King’s speech was a clarion call for the church to remain awake to the social injustices of the day, and join the efforts to eradicate oppressive systems in the United States and abroad.  It was one year after “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama where peaceful protests were lodged to lobby for African Americans to have the rights to vote, but were met with violent opposition from police and civilians. The images from “Bloody Sunday,” coupled with Dr. King’s invitation, compelled hundreds of clergy from around the country to come to Selma and join the struggle for voting rights.
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