By Araminta Stone Johnston
The tale of the civil rights move isn't really easily the historical past of its significant avid gamers yet can be the tales of a bunch of lesser-known contributors whose activities have been necessary to the movement's successes. Duncan M. grey Jr., an Episcopal priest who served numerous Mississippi parishes among 1953 and 1974, whilst he was once elected bishop of Mississippi, is this sort of contributors. And One was once a Priest is his impressive story.
From one viewpoint, grey (b. 1926) would appear an not likely spokesman for racial equality and reconciliation. He might have been content material just to join the white, male Missisippi "club." grey may have embraced a snug lifestyles and missed the burning realities round him. yet he selected as an alternative to exploit his priesthood to talk in unpopular yet prophetic help of justice and equality for African american citizens. From his pupil days on the seminary on the college of the South, to his first church in Cleveland, Mississippi, and such a lot famously to St. Peter's Parish in Oxford, the place he faced rioters in 1962, grey steadfastly and fearlessly fought the established order. He persisted to paintings for racial reconciliation, inside and out of the church, all through his life.
This biography tells not just Gray's tale, but in addition finds the days and folks that helped make him. The author's query is "What makes a superb person?" And One was once a Priest indicates there's a lot to benefit from Gray's offerings and his struggle.
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And One Was a Priest: The Life and Times of Duncan M. Gray Jr. by Araminta Stone Johnston