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I am working on a paper I will give at the upcoming meeting of the American Academy of Religion. The title of the paper is, “In the Shadows of Segregation: Methodist Seminaries and the Civil Rights Movement.”

I am generally focusing on Wesley Theological Seminary, Boston University, and Perkins School of Theology. One of the things I am trying to do in this paper is to talk to as many people as possible who were at these three institutions during the Civil Rights era, either as students or faculty/staff.

Here is where you can help: Do you know someone who was at one of these institutions during this period who would be willing to talk with me about their experience? If so, I would be grateful if you would contact me and let me know who the person is I should contact, what institution they were at and how they were involved in issues related to Civil Rights, as well as how I can get in contact with them.

You can email me directly at deeplycommitted at gmail dot com.

The paper is off to a good start. In fact, I had a great conversation with Dr. Phil Wogaman today who was at BU as both a Masters and PhD student in the mid to late 50s and then was subsequently on the faculty at Wesley in the mid 60s, becoming the academic dean in 1972. I am soliciting your help because you may have a connection or know something that I have missed so far. I figure this is just one more way I can cover as many angles as possible.