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The Elusive Dream: The Power of Race in Interracial Churches

Korie L. Edwards


This book looks at how churches attempt to realize Dr. King's dream of racial integration. Recognizing that race is central to the organization of American life, the book situates race theory at the heart of understanding the cultural and social dynamics of racially integrated congregations and how they attract and retain members. The book, focusing on black–white interracial churches, argues that for these organizations to sustain a racially diverse congregation they must primarily appeal to whites. African‐Americans will need to affirm whites' religious and cultural predilections to retain w ... More

Keywords: African‐Americans, churches, culture, interracial church, race, race relations, racial diversity, racial integration, religion, whiteness, white hegemony

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195314243
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314243.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Korie L. Edwards, author
Ohio State University
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