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Social Concerns
The Rev. Constance Hastings. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Constance Hastings.

When one's enemy becomes one's neighbor

A traumatic childhood memory, repressed for 40 years, came back to force United Methodist deacon Constance Hastings to confront racism in her upbringing.
Social Concerns
Barbara Talley. Photo courtesy of Hope United Methodist Church.

‘You’ll ruin the neighborhood’

An African American woman recalls instances of racism while she and her husband were searching for housing in the 1950s and 1960s.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Carolyn L. R. Bittner. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Carolyn L.R. Bittner.

‘That's just the way it is.’

A pastor learned about segregation at an early age when she wanted to invite her entire class to her grade-school birthday pool party.