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My Dad was in this loop after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968.
A Baptist press release of April 16, 1968
Concern over the "growing racial crisis in the state" has prompted the the South Carolina Baptist Public Life and Christian Affairs Committee to urge establishment of a biracial task force in every South Carolina community.
The Baptist committee also endorsed the state task force on Community Uplift in calling for "improved communication between the races on the local and statewide level".
We express "deep concern over the growing racial crisis in our state and nation," declared the statement from the Baptist committee.
The committee urged Baptist people in the state "to support and provide leadership in the efforts being made to establish a bi-task force in each community as a means of making sure that each community:
1. Recognize the needs of all segments of its population
2. Identify the trouble centers which might provoke racial disturbance
3.Initiate the actions needed to show good faith toward the achievement of full opportunities for all its citizens.
The SBC CLPAC also said it was arranging for a series of regional meetings for leaders of Baptist churches to implement this call and provide a forum for discussion of the issues.
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