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From Reconciliation to Revolution: How the Student Interracial Ministry Took Up the Cause of Civil Rights

David P. Cline


The Student Interracial Ministry (SIM) was a seminary-based, nationally influential Protestant civil rights organization that drew on the Social Gospel and Student Christian Movement traditions to simultaneously dismantle Jim Crow and advance Prorestant mainline churches’ approach to race. Entirely student-led and always ecumenical in scope, SIM began in 1960 with the tactic of placing black assistant pastors in white churches and whites in black churches with the goal of achieving racial reconciliation. In its later years, before it disbanded in mid-1968, SIM moved away from church structures ... More

Keywords: 1960s, Liberal Christianity, civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr., Student Interracial Ministry, Race, Social justice, Jim Crow, Segregation, African American history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469630434
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630434.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David P. Cline, author
Virginia Tech