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    Awakening to Equality: A Young White Pastor at the Dawn of Civil Rights -- Karl E. Lutze When Karl Lutze arrived in Oklahoma in 1945, he stepped into another
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      Awakening to Equality:

      A Young White Pastor at

      the Dawn of Civil Rights

      -- Karl E. Lutze



      When Karl Lutze arrived in Oklahoma
      in 1945, he stepped into another world.

      A newly ordained clergyman born in Wisconsin ,
      he was a young White man assigned to minister
      among Muskogee 's African-American community.

      He soon found that in the South, crosses
      were as likely to be `burned' as "revered".

      His recollections of postwar Oklahoma provide
      a compelling testament to the era's racial conflict
      and some steps taken toward its resolution.

      'Awakening to Equality' offers a unique perspective
      on an often-violent era that witnessed the gradual
      dismantling of segregation.

      Serving congregations in Muskogee and Tulsa,
      Lutze encountered a cross section of both communities
      — from the `White' and "black" power brokers to the
      most disempowered Black and Biracial families
      —and a stratified society buttressed by
      intimidation, cross burnings, and bombs.

      His activism in the Urban League and other local Civil
      Rights organizations gave him firsthand experience
      with forces moving toward change, as well as
      with the more entrenched forces resisting it.

      Blending personal anecdotes and recollections of
      key players in this unfolding drama, Lutze puts a
      human face on historical and journalistic accounts
      of social change during the crucial early years
      of the Civil Rights Movement.

      He takes readers back to small-town and urban Oklahoma
      in a time when African-Americans were beginning
      to challenge segregation in Muskogee 's public
      transportation and a handful of `Whites' were trying
      to move their communities toward desegregation.

      Throughout this memoir, we meet actual people
      creating a future—one that involved the very
      redefinition of America .

      More than a view of an earnest young clergyman trying
      to grow beyond the racial and social limitations of the
      church of his day, `Awakening to Equality' also depicts
      the struggles of Lutze's own denomination to
      overcome its earlier accommodation of racism.

      Lutze's success in his ministries made his achievements
      a model for mission work among
      African-Americans
      and led to his appointment in 1959 first as field secretary
      and then shortly thereafter as executive director of the
      Lutheran Human Relations Association,
      a pioneering civil rights organization.

      Simultaneously, he taught classes as Associate
      Professor of Theology at Valparaiso University .

      Lutze not only witnessed important events but
      also participated in them and found that his
      entire career was shaped by the experience.

      'Awakening to Equality' is a moving story that
      captures the real-life education of a prominent
      clergyman during a critical period in American life.

      About the Author

      Karl E. Lutze was ordained in the Lutheran
      Church–Missouri Synod in 1945.

      After fifteen years of pastoral work in Oklahoma ,
      he served for twenty-one years on the staff of
      the Lutheran Human Relations Association of
      America and for ten years was Director for
      Church Relations at Valparaiso University .

      He is the author of numerous books, including 
       ... 
      'A lot on my mind, Lord'
      and
      '
      Forgive Our Forgettings,  Lord:
      Reflections on Gifts and Promises'.

      He lives in Valparaiso , Indiana .

      SOURCE:


      http://www.umsystem.edu/upress/spring2006/lutze.htm  

      Awakening to Equality: A Young White Pastor
      at the Dawn of Civil Rights
      -- Karl E. Lutze
      ISBN 978-0-8262-1632-8
      / 176 pages / 6 x 9
      15 illustrations, 2006

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