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Faith in Black PowerReligion, Race, and Resistance in Cairo, Illinois$
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Kerry Pimblott

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813168821

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813168821.001.0001

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Straight from the Offering Plate

Straight from the Offering Plate

Church Resources and the New Black Power Coalition

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Faith in Black Power

Kerry Pimblott

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter Four tracks Black Power activists’ mobilization of these new discourses to secure important organizational resources and coalitional support from local, state, and national Black church organizations. Between 1969 and 1974, the United Front secured more than half a million dollars in grants from church-based organizations as well as extensive lobbying, consultancy, and staff support for their political programming. As financial support for traditional civil rights organizations waned during the 1960s and local civic elites obstructed governmental funds, these new organizational resources proved invaluable and ensured that churches would become a significant, albeit overlooked, source of coalitional support for the Black Power Movement in Cairo and beyond.

Keywords:   NCBC, Black Power Movement, Cairo, United Front, Fr. Gerald Montroy, The Concerned Clergy, ICC, Blaine Ramsey

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