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oni 47 - A the in Aides Also Find; Wanted Open Doors...
A the in Aides Also Find; Wanted Open Doors Owsils Pastor Congregation MACON, Ga. - A Southern Baptist congregation here, Negro On Little Rock School Board LITTLE ROCK, Ark.Here in this Arkansas city where the Little Rock Nine, a group of grade school children, made the first confrontation on school desegregation in 1957 as a follow follow follow - up of the famous Supreme Court School Desegregation Decision, Decision, a Negro, T.E. Patterson, was elected to the school board last week. The new school board member, member, the first Negro In the history history of the state to serve in such a position, is a trained educator. Patterson is executive executive secretary of the Arkansas (Negro) Teachers Association. He will be a member of a seven - man board. When the Little Rock episode was at its height in 1957, the nine Negro grade school children children who marched proudly to school each day with the protection protection of federal troops, despite despite the violence and rantings and ravings of whites, became a symbol of the Negro's fight for equality throughout the world. The fight was led by Mrs. Daisy Bates, an NAACP branch president, who directed strategy In the drive to enroll and educate educate the nine Negro children. stifled by their centuries - old inhumanity, ousted its pastor and two of his assistants for preaching the unpardonable sin of Integration almost shattering shattering the faith of a visiting Nigerian Nigerian student. While the Tatnall square Church on the campus of Baptist Baptist Baptist - oriented Mercer University University voted to dismiss the Rev. Dr. Thomas J. Holmes, his assistant, Rev. Douglas Johnson, Johnson, and minister of music, jack W. Jones; they also refused refused admittance to the African Sam Jerry Oni, who had been converted to Christianity by Southern Baptist missionaries. Oni, 25, promised he would try again to attend services at the Church located on the Mercer Mercer campus. The church is not university affiliated. The church's board of deacons deacons had voted in July to fire the three for admitting two Negro college students attending attending an "Upward Bound" program program in June. All three had advocated an "open door" policy in the church. "It has been a test of my faith in a sense, but it has also been a strengthening of my faith," Dr. Holmes said. "This has shown me the importance of preaching the truth." Oni came to Mercer on the recommendation of a missionary missionary alumnus.

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  1. The Pittsburgh Courier,
  2. 08 Oct 1966, Sat,
  3. Page 3

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