March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs
Under the banner of human rights, ecumenical Protestants waged a public assault on segregation. In the Journal of American History, I wrote about how how Protestants became champions of human rights abroad and how the global rhetoric inspired the fight against Jim Crow at home: https://academic.oup.com/jah/article/105/2/267/5085737
Three American Protestant representatives at the World Council of Churches meeting in New Delhi, 1961. I have written about the Protestant encounter with the world’s diversity here: http://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/8/2/17/htm
American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr teaching a class at Union Theological Seminary, 1952. I have written about Niebuhr’s place in American history here: http://religionandpolitics.org/2017/04/25/reinhold-niebuhr-washingtons-favorite-theologian/
Kennedy and the World Council of Churches
John F. Kennedy and Dean Rusk meet with World Council of Churches delegation. I have written about the history of Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish relations (a part of a longer history of “Judeo-Christianity”) here: https://aeon.co/ideas/the-strange-short-career-of-judeo-christianity
Riverside Church and the "God Box"
View of Riverside Church (center) and the former headquarters of the National Council of Churches (right), nicknamed "The God Box."
Protestants on Trial
Methodist Bishop G. Bromley Oxnam testifies in his own defense before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1953.
World Council in America
Stage set up for the 1954 meeting of the World Council of Churches in Evanston, Illinois, just outside of Chicago.
The Cathedral of Liberal Protestantism
Interior shot of Riverside Church in Morningside Heights, New York City.
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Gene Zubovich is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Toronto. He writes on the history of the United States, human rights, and religion and politics.