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No Jim Crow ChurchThe Origins of South Carolina's Bahá'í Community$
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Louis Venters

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061078

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061078.001.0001

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Postwar Opportunities, Cold War Challenges, and the Second Seven Year Plan, 1944–1953

Postwar Opportunities, Cold War Challenges, and the Second Seven Year Plan, 1944–1953

(p.172) 5 Postwar Opportunities, Cold War Challenges, and the Second Seven Year Plan, 1944–1953
No Jim Crow Church

Louis Venters

University Press of Florida

After World War II, the Bahá’í movement in the South sought to grow in a region facing unprecedented social, economic, and political change. As South Carolina’s civil rights movement gained momentum, small groups of Bahá’ís worked to establish and maintain Local Spiritual Assemblies (the local unit of the faith’s administrative system), use the mass media to address Cold War concerns, and increase the size and diversity of the community. While their interracial activities made them targets of intimidation and occasional violence, by the end of the period they had also achieved, in the form of a decision by the city council in Greenville, the first state recognition of their distinctively interracial identity. In the evening of his life, Louis Gregory (d. 1951) kept an active interest in his home state, including correspondence with federal judge J. Waties Waring, who became a pariah in white Charleston after a series of rulings favorable to the state’s NAACP.

Keywords:   Bahá’í Faith, South Carolina, Cold War, Greenville, Louis G. Gregory, J. Waties Waring, NAACP

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