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one at an -up 'Agonizing/ Says African Student Barred by Baptists MACON, Ga. -(AP) -- "It's placed in a police car and 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 experience, experience, and it's been a fai-^-shat- tering experience." I Oni, 25, of Ghana, said he was ge Revokes Probated Term The probation of a three graduate prison sentence given Billy th Breaux, 19, of 1301 Locust, recast April was revoked'Mondav :here until he agreed to leave the Tattnali Square Baptist church. The student said he intended to continue seeking a seat in church because "missionaries from the Southern Baptist Convention Convention came to my land teaching teaching the word of God, but attempted to practice their teaching,-1 was refused the opportunity in this country." After Oni's ouster, the church congregation voted to fire their pastor, assistant pastor and 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 J. Holmes; associate pastor, by 104th District Judge Owen Thomas. Breaux was given the probation probation after pleading guilty to bur- Adult Probation Officer Rich- Keathley filed the petition 'seeking the revocation. Keathley said Breaux, who was . to dailv nad reported to him missed three day; reporting, had failed to make Presidem restitution and hati failed to find the work as ordered in his probation probation decree. , . thejMOYie Month AUSTIN (AP) - Gov. John Connally has proclaimed October October as "Movie Month in Texas" in conjunction with national movie month. 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 campus. Meanwhile, in Atlanta, about 125 Baptist pastors adopted a resolution commending the three "for maintaining a Christ- like spirit in this matter." In another development, Dr. Holmes verified that a group the university preached him area has ap- about forming another campus area church. "I don't know what will of it. I'm not sure I want through with it because wouldn't want it to come into existence motivated by the strife conditions," he said.

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  1. Abilene Reporter-News,
  2. 27 Sep 1966, Tue,
  3. Page 40

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