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Willis Duke WeatherfordRace, Religion, and Reform in the American South$
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Andrew McNeill Canady

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813168159

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813168159.001.0001

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Professionalizing the Southern YMCA

Professionalizing the Southern YMCA

(p.115) 4 Professionalizing the Southern YMCA
Willis Duke Weatherford

Andrew McNeill Canady

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter focuses on Weatherford’s creation, administration, and program for the YMCA Graduate School. This institution began in 1919, operated out of Nashville and had ties to Vanderbilt University, Fisk University, and Scarritt College. It sought to train YMCA secretaries for work on college campuses and in other realms of the YMCA. An important component of its curriculum was its race relations courses, which included interactions with African American professors and students, primarily from Fisk, but also those at Tuskegee Institute. Weatherford’s school turned out approximately one hundred graduates in these years, many of them liberals in the cause of race and religion. In the midst of the Great Depression this institution closed, and the financial constraints that plagued the school represented one of the major limits under which Weatherford worked to carry on his liberal efforts while also garnering needed funds.

Keywords:   YMCA Graduate School, race relations, Tuskegee Institute, Vanderbilt University, Fisk University, religion, education

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