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oni 27 - African Negro Student ~ Removed From Ga. Church...
African Negro Student ~ Removed From Ga. Church MACON, Ga. (AP) — "It's been an agonizing experience," said a Negro student from Africa Africa who was forcibly removed from a Baptist church Sunday. Sam Jerry Oni, first Negro to attend Mercer University, said Monday in an interview: "I have been living with this nonsense of segregation in the church for the past three years. It's been an agonizing expcri-, ence, and it's been a faith-shattering faith-shattering experience." Oni, 25, of Ghana, said he was placed in a police car and kept there until he agreed to leave the Tattnali Square Baptist church. The student said he. intended to continue seeking a seat in the church because "missionaries from the Southern Baptist Convention Convention came to my land teaching teaching the word of God, but when I attempted to practice their teaching, I was refused the opportunity opportunity in this country." After Oni's ouster, the church congregation voted to fire their pastor, assistant pastor and music music director, all of whom had pressed for an open-door policy for Negroes. The vote asking for the resignation resignation of the pastor, Dr. Thomas Thomas J. Holmes; associate pastor, the Rev. Douglas Johnson and music director Jack W. Jones, was 259-189. The -dispute began, last June 26 when two Negroes attending a summer program at Mercer went to services at Tattnali Square, which is on the Mercer campus. ' ' WS RS-LECTED WINCHESTER (AP) — Colman Colman D. Clancey of Harrisonburg Harrisonburg has been re-elected president president of the Richmond Diocesan Council of Catholic Men at its annual meeting, which ended here Sunday. Other officers named at the meeting were John C. Bowles, Hampton, vice president; Georg J. Curro, Harrisonburg, treasurer, treasurer, and Joseph Benedetti, Richmond, Richmond, secretary.

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  1. The Danville Register,
  2. 27 Sep 1966, Tue,
  3. Page 3

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