A harrowing tale of how faith and friendship can surmount hate and violence. After a vicious hate crime destroyed St John Baptist Church in Dixiana, South Carolina, in 1984, two courageous women risked their lives to organize the rebuilding effort. Ammie Murray, a white union leader, and her African American friend Barbara Simmons braved death threats to successfully lead an interracial group of volunteers to reconstruct the historic African American church. But their joy was short-lived. In 1995, St John was the first of more than one hundred southern black churches plagued by a series of arsons during a two-year period. The obstacles to erect the church once more seemed insurmountable but proved no match for the tenacity of those determined to see St John rise again. ""Standing on Holy Ground"" is an inspiring tale that proves friendship, reconciliation, spiritual strength, and enduring hope can transcend racial hatred. In a moving narrative, Sandra E Johnson chronicles how the fearless duo of Murray and Simmons sparked a victory against hate crime in their community and became leaders in a national battle against violence and vandalism.
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 494 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
..".a ruthlessly honest account of the new progressive South still struggling with a very old legacy of hate." --"USA Today
...shows how faith, love, and sheer bullheadedness may lose battle after battle against racism - and still win the war." --"O Magazine