Stories of Racial Awakening

Narratives on Changed Hearts and Lives of South Carolina United Methodists






A white Air Force trainee whose eyes were opened while traveling with an African-American classmate on a train through the 1960s South. A young African-American girl who first realized she was black when she encountered a playground bully on an Upstate South Carolina jungle gym.

In this book, 20 people share deeply personal narratives of their own racial awakenings. The narratives first appeared in the pages of the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate newspaper, one a month for 20 months. Now, the full collection is available in one handy anthology with discussion questions, a foreword by South Carolina United Methodist Resident Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, and edited with an introduction by Advocate editor Jessica Brodie.

“My hope is that you will not only read this book, but that by hearing these stories you will look for opportunities to have conversations about race that make a difference in your community—and that encourage and inspire others to live into God’s preferred future with hope,” Holston writes.


“An important read for anyone seeking racial awareness, healing and change.”
—The Rev. Carleathea Benson, chair, South Carolina Conference Ethnic Local Church Concerns Committee

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