The Mennites, with their long tradition of peaceful protest and commitment to equality, were castigated by the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. for t showing up on the streets to support the civil rights movement. Daily Demonstrators shows how the civil rights movement played out in Mennite homes and churches from the 1940s through the 1960s. In the first book to bring together Mennite religious history and civil rights movement history, Tobin Miller Shearer discusses how the civil rights movement challenged Mennites to explore whether they, within their own church, were truly as committed to racial tolerance and equality as they might like to believe. Shearer shows the surprising role of children in overcoming the racial stereotypes of white adults. Reflecting the transformation taking place in the nation as a whole, Mennites had to go through their own civil rights struggle before they came to accept interracial marriages and integrated congregations. Based on oral history interviews, photographs, letters, minutes, diaries, and journals of white and African-American Mennites, this fascinating book further illuminates the role of race in modern American religion.
Tobin Miller Shearer is an assistant professor of history and the African-American Studies coordinator at the University of Montana.
Tobin Miller Shearer
Johns Hopkins University Press
Date of Publication
Christian History & Denominations
Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies