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“Teens interview Martin Luther King”
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This issue of the United Church of Christ’s Youth magazine includes an article entitled, “Teens interview Martin Luther King,” which took place during a National Conference on Christian Education at Purdue University in Indiana. A group of teens held a press conference with Dr. King.He answered questions on a wide variety of topics, including segregation, Little Rock, inter-racial marriage, the possibility of another Civil War, and the effect of the movement on his family. He also advised the students on how they might take positive actions on civil rights in their own hometowns.

[MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.]. Youth, September 28, 1958 (Vol. 9, No. 20). Magazine. Philadelphia, PA: United Church of Christ. 31 pp., 5¼ x 7 ½ in.

Inventory #26466.01       Price: $150

Question: Do you think that if the white teenagers in the South rebelled against segregation they would have much influence?

Dr. King: I think so. I think to a great extent we will have to depend on the young people of this generation to solve the problem. What we are facing now is that many young people are sympathetic to integration, but because of their parents they aren’t vocal and don’t organize to do the big job. But I think there is a time when the white as well as the Negro young people will stand up and take a definite, positive attitude. It will be a great step forward and many will be able to educate or re-educate their parents.” (p3-4)

Youth magazine (1950-1982) began as a merger of the Pilgrim Youth magazine (Church of Christ) and the Youth magazine (Evangelical and Reformed Church), in expectation of the merger of their parent bodies. Though the union that created the United Church of Christ did not occur until 1957, United Church Youth soon became simply Youth and in 1954 changed from a newspaper to a pocket-sized magazine. Herman C. Ahrens Jr. (1924-2016) was the editor from 1950 to 1981.

Condition: Faint toning; very good overall.

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