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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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Toward a Bahá’í Mass Movement, 1963–1968

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No Jim Crow Church

Louis Venters

University Press of Florida

Shortly after the election of the Universal House of Justice, successor to Shoghi Effendi (d. 1957) as head of the faith, it announced a new nine year plan that would focus on enrolling large numbers of new Bahá’ís, especially in the rural areas of the world. Against a backdrop of increasing chaos in society at large—as seen in, for example, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Orangeburg Massacre, both in 1968—the Bahá’ís in South Carolina saw a steady stream of new believers and the establishment of communities in new localities, prelude to the large-scale expansion that would cement their place in the sweeping social transformations of the twentieth century.

Keywords:   Bahá’í Faith, South Carolina, Universal House of Justice, Martin Luther King Jr., Orangeburg Massacre

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