Oral history interview with Paul Hardin Jr., December 8, 1989

Oral history interview with Paul Hardin Jr., December 8, 1989

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Creator:Hardin, Paul
Creator:Mathews, Donald G.
Title:Oral history interview with Paul Hardin Jr., December 8, 1989
Date:1989 Dec. 8
Description:

Bishop Paul Hardin presided over the Council of Methodist Bishops during the 1960s and started the process of integrating the denomination. In this interview, he recalls how he got involved in Methodist ministry and became one of the first theology students at Emory University. He also describes some of the issues unique to leading a southern congregation, especially controversy over racial integration. Hardin served as pastor for the First Methodist Church of Birmingham throughout the early 1960s and remembers welcoming black attendees while excluding the White Citizen's Council against the wishes of his congregation. He used humor and personal conviction to oppose Governor George Wallace's segregationist stance and push white and black pastors past their reservations about working together. His commitment to interracial cooperation stemmed from his support of the reunification of the southern and northern Methodists in 1939 and from his father's early support for integration. He feels his life work contrasts with Martin Luther King's criticism of him and other progressive ministers in the "Letter from Birmingham Jail."

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories
Subjects:Hardin, Paul | Southern States--Race relations | Methodist Church--Clergy--North Carolina | Methodist Church--North Carolina--Clergy | Emory University--Students | Methodist Church--Southern States | Race relations--Religious aspects--Christianity | Civil rights--Religious aspects--Christianity | North Carolina | Atlanta (Ga.) | DeKalb County (Ga.)
Collection:
Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:Southern Oral History Program | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project) | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library | Oral histories of the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project))
Online Publisher:[Chapel Hill, N.C.] : University Library, UNC-Chapel Hill. | 2006
Original Material:

Title from menu page (viewed on Dec. 21, 2007).

Interview participants: Paul Hardin, Jr., interviewee; Donald Mathews, interviewer.

Duration: 01:23:00.

This electronic edition is part of the UNC-CH digital library, Documenting the American South. It is a part of the collection Oral histories of the American South.

Text encoded by Mike Millner. Sound recordings digitized by Aaron Smithers.

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Forms part of Oral histories of the American South collection.

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