Civil Rights Act 50th Anniversary


Freedom Summer anniversary brings reflection

On July 2, 1964, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The legislation outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin; unequal application of voter registration requirements; and racial segregation in schools, the workplace, and facilities that served the general public.

The signing and passage came in the midst of what was known as Freedom Summer, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee’s voter registration drive in Mississippi. That year, three Freedom Summer workers were murdered and acts of violence occurred in many places in the United States. At the same time, black and white Methodists and members of the Evangelical United Brethren Church were working alongside others to keep the efforts non-violent.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary, Interpreter Magazine invited six who were involved in the struggle for civil rights to share their reflections. 

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Daily Digest - December 6, 2019

Jurisdictional conference sues SMU; Doctors’ strike taxes United Methodist hospitals; Pastor offers mercy far from border
Chart summarizes and compares proposals to General Conference 2020 about the future of The United Methodist Church. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Comparing plans headed to GC2020

This chart summarizes and compares proposals to General Conference 2020 about the future of The United Methodist Church. The chart does not include plans from individuals and may be updated after all legislation is published.
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Southern Methodist University in Dallas recently changed it Articles of Incorporation and now faces a lawsuit filed by the South Central Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church. The dispute involves the degree of United Methodist control of the school and comes as the denomination faces an uncertain future. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons.

Jurisdictional conference sues SMU

The Dallas school’s change in governance documents prompted the South Central Jurisdictional Conference to fight what it claims is an effort to sever longstanding legal ties.