Cunningham, W. J.


"William Jefferson Cunningham was born on December 23, 1905 in Iuka, Mississippi. In 1929, he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in liberal arts. Cunningham went on to obtain a Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology of Emory University. In 1952, Millsaps College conferred on him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity. After serving various congregations around the South, Cunningham was appointed to the Galloway Memorial Methodist Church in Jackson, Mississippi. His appointment, from September 1, 1963 through June 1, 1966, was short and fierce. The official board of Galloway had adopted an illegal resolution to bar African Americans from the Galloway church. Cunningham's task was to unite the congregation around an open door policy. He became one of the ministers who lost his pulpit in the struggle for civil rights in the 1960's."--Oral history with Dr. W.J. Cunningham, University of Southern Mississippi.

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