The vital religious dimension


From Raising Up A Prophet, by Sudarshan Kapur:

“From A. Philip Randolph to James Farmer to Bayard Rustin, earlier attempts to apply Gandhian nonviolence to the African-American struggle lacked the vital religious dimension…

To the extent that Rustin and others did not succeed, their failure was, at least in part, due to the fact that neither their efforts nor their own personal lives were rooted in the African-American church. By planting the seed of the Ghandhian technique of non-violent direct action in the dry bed of secularlism, the pre-1955 experimenters could not fully avail themselves of the potential of the method or the latent energy of the people.”

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