Ansley Quiros Book Launch at FLPL – November 19

By  | November 9, 2018 | Filed under: News

FLORENCE-UNA professor Dr. Ansley Quiros is hosting her book launch later this month at FLPL.

Book Launch: God with Us by Dr. Ansley Quiros
Monday, November 19, 5:30 pm
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
Dr. Ansley Quiros, Assistant Professor of History at UNA, will speak at FLPL to launch her new book God with Us: Lived Theology and the Freedom Struggle in Americus, Georgia, 1942–1976.

For many, the struggle over civil rights was not just about lunch counters, waiting rooms, or even access to the vote; it was also about Christian theology. Since both activists and segregationists ardently claimed that God was on their side, racial issues were imbued with religious meanings from all sides. Whether in the traditional sanctuaries of the major white Protestant denominations, in the mass meetings in black churches, or in Christian expressions of interracialism, southerners resisted, pursued, and questioned racial change within various theological traditions.

God with Us examines the theological struggle over racial justice through the story of one southern town–Americus, Georgia–where ordinary Americans sought and confronted racial change in the twentieth century. Documenting the passion and virulence of these contestations, this book offers insight into how midcentury battles over theology and race affected the rise of the Religious Right and indeed continue to resonate deeply in American life. For more information about this event, call 256-764-6564, ext. 127.

From the back cover of this book a quote from President Jimmy Carter:

“I grew up around Americus, and Quiros has captured something I remember well: a community in flux
and the tension between neighbors over issues of race and religion. The people and scenes are vivid and the
story well told. Additionally, it captures something dear to me–the power found in Christian theology.”
President Jimmy Carter

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