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CONTACT: Suzanne C. Miller
Assistant Director of Public Relations
Office: (717) 691-6027 ext. 1
E-mail: scmiller@messiah.edu

Author David L. Chappell to speak at
Messiah College

GRANTHAM, Pa. (October 6, 2004) — David L. Chappell, author of “A Stone of Hope: Prophetic Religion and the Death of Jim Crow,” will present a free public lecture at Messiah College on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel, located on the college’s Grantham campus. The lecture is titled “Christianity and the Death of Jim Crow” and is co-sponsored by the College Honors Program and the Department of History at Messiah College . For more information, contact Dean Curry, honors program director, at (717) 766-2511, ext. 2420.

Praised as “one of the three or four most important books on the Civil Rights movement,” Chappell’s book argues that Christianity played a key role in bringing an end to segregation in the South. Rather than merely claiming that Christianity is a neglected factor in understanding the Civil Rights movement, Chappell argues that it is “the absolutely crucial conditioning factor without which nothing could have occurred as it did.” Chappell is a professor of history at the University of Arkansas .

Messiah College , a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 2,900 undergraduate students in 60 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham , Pa. , near the state capital of Harrisburg . A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia .

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ARTICLE DATE: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2004
ARTICLE NUMBER: MC-125-04


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