Reverend J. Raymond Henderson personified the tensions within the Los Angeles black community’s struggle for equality during his 1941–1963 tenure as pastor of the Second Baptist Church. While Rev. Henderson advocated the patient cultivation of respectability as a means of winning white acceptance, he also adopted a militant stance toward civil rights as a leader of the local NAACP, associate of more outspoken leaders, and the voice of an internationalist outlook, but a form of militancy that seemed increasingly inadequate by the early '60s.
A Respectable Militancy: Reverend J. Raymond Henderson and the Civil Rights Struggle in Los Angeles, 1941–1963
David Neumann earned a PhD in History from the University of Southern California as a Provost's Fellow. His research focuses on twentieth-century American religion, particularly in Southern California. His book, Paramahansa Yogananda: Modern American Religion in a Global Age, will be published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2019. He has written articles for Religion and American Culture and The Journal of Religious History. An Assistant Professor of History Education at Cal Poly Pomona, his work emphasizes historical thinking, historical literacy, and the intersection of scholarship and pedagogy.
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David J. Neumann; A Respectable Militancy: Reverend J. Raymond Henderson and the Civil Rights Struggle in Los Angeles, 1941–1963. Southern California Quarterly 1 November 2018; 100 (4): 471–504. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/scq.2018.100.4.471
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