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In Richard's World: The Battle of Charleston, 1966 (Southern Classics)by William H. Barnwell
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In 1966, as a seminarian at the Virginia Theological Seminary, William H. Barnwell undertook a summer's missionary work at St. John's Episcopal Mission Center in his native city of Charleston, South Carolina. His supervisor was an African American priest, and Barnwell's duties ran the gamut from managing the recreation room to crisis intervention among the mission's clients and neighbors. In Richard's World is based on letters and journal entries that Barnwell kept throughout 1966, a year of social upheaval and civil rights unrest in Charleston. It was during this time that Barnwell encountered the "Battle of Charleston" within himself. His activist education began during that summer as he moved culturally and politically between white and black communities on the Charleston peninsula and served in a church known more for its members' elite pedigrees than for social action.
This Southern Classics edition includes a new introduction by the author that is part autobiography and part survey of the successes and failures of the civil rights movement in lowcountry South Carolina since In Richard's World was first published.
A stirring firsthand account of lowcountry race relations during a turbulent period in civil rights history
About the Author
William Barnwell grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, graduated from the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee; served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard; and graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary. He has been a pastor at churches in Conway and Columbia, South Carolina; New Orleans; and Boston; and served at the Washington National Cathedral as the canon missioner. In 2008 he and his wife, Corinne, returned to New Orleans where he manages a national Episcopal Church program, the Disciples of Christ in Community (DOCC), and serves in prison ministry and at various churches. His other books include Our Story According to St. Mark and Lead Me On, Let Me Stand: A Clergyman's Story in White and Black.
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