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Catholicism and the Civil Rights Movement

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Creator:Moore, Andrew S.
Title:Catholicism and the Civil Rights Movement
Date:2007 Mar. 8

Encyclopedia article about the Catholic Church's involvement with the civil rights movement in Alabama. Most of Alabama's white Catholics shared white southerners' racism and initially opposed the goals of the movement. They preferred order and stability instead of activism for integration and racial justice. Catholic teaching clearly opposed racial discrimination, however, and after the mid-1960s there was little sympathy for segregation. For most of the civil rights movement, the Catholic Church in Alabama remained on the margins of the debates over integration and focused on internal Church affairs. It took the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march for voting rights to draw the Church from the margins into the mainstream of the movement.

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Types:Articles | Interactive Resource
Subjects:Toolen, Thomas J., 1886-1976 | Catholics--Alabama | Civil rights movements--Alabama | Catholics--Political activity | Catholic Church--Alabama | Alabama--Race relations--History--20th century | Race relations | Social change--Alabama | Segregation--Alabama | African Americans--Segregation--Alabama | African American Catholics--Alabama | Segregation in education--Alabama | School integration--Alabama | Selma-Montgomery Rights March, 1965 | Religion and social problems--Alabama | United States, Alabama, Dallas County, Selma, 32.4073589, -87.0211007 | United States, Alabama, Dallas County, 32.233214, -87.142289 | United States, Alabama, Montgomeryi, 32.366805, -86.299969 | United States, Alabama, Montgomery County, 32.2202579, -86.2076143
Collection:Encyclopedia of Alabama
Institution:Encyclopedia of Alabama
Contributors:Encyclopedia of Alabama (Project)
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