Interview with J. Sterling Beverly, July 19, 1978

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:02 - Background information / role of the church

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Partial Transcript: My name is Edward Owens. I'm working with the Urban League on the black oral history project.

Segment Synopsis: Beverly discusses his background including when he started his ministerial career. He goes on to talk about the role of the church during World War II. He also talks about the role the church played in the civil rights movement.

Keywords: Bethel Baptist Church (Lexington, Ky.); Black church leaders; Civil rights movement; First Baptist Church (Paris, Ky.); March on Frankfort; Martin Luther King Jr.; Political activism; Social activism

Subjects: African Americans--Religion; Frankfort (Ky.); Paris (Ky.)

00:04:56 - Church leadership in civil rights movement / black churches role in the community

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Partial Transcript: We took a very active part in desegregating, uh, the lunch counters, etcetera.

Segment Synopsis: Beverly discusses the involvement of the black church in the civil rights movement, including participating in local sit-ins.

Keywords: Bethel Baptist Church; Black church leaders; Black churches; Black community; Black identity; Black unity; Civil rights movement; Community involvement

Subjects: African Americans--Religion; Church work

00:09:30 - The efforts of the black church / current focus of the church

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Partial Transcript: What are black churches doing about the problems in black communities?

Segment Synopsis: Beverly discusses the efforts black churches are making to get more involved in the community. He goes on to talk about what churches today are focused on. He also talks about how he thinks Christians should act.

Keywords: Black church leaders; Black churches; Black community; Community involvement

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African Americans--Religion

00:14:53 - Race relations among churches / black churches and black businesses

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Partial Transcript: In the past, sir, in Lexington and in Paris was there much interaction between black and white churches?

Segment Synopsis: Beverly discusses the relationships between black and white churches and their leaders. He also talks about the relationship between black churches and black businesses.

Keywords: Black businesses; Black ministers; Race relations; Racial discrimination; Racism and churches; White ministers

Subjects: African Americans--Religion; Lexington (Ky.)--Race relations.; Paris (Ky.)

00:20:16 - Problems with black businesses / progress in the black community

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Partial Transcript: But, I ----------(??) that one thing that tends to dampen the spirit of a negro business is that once you've started it...

Segment Synopsis: Beverly talks about the issues that plague black businesses. He also discusses how the black community might progress and become more unified.

Keywords: Black businesses; Black community; Black unification; CORE (Congress of Racial Equality); NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People); Urban League

Subjects: African American business enterprises