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Light in the darkness : African Americans and the YMCA, 1852-1946

Author: Nina Mjagkij
Publisher: Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©1994.
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From the time of its emergence in the United States in 1852, the Young Men's Christian Association excluded blacks from membership in white branches but encouraged them to form their own associations and to join the Christian brotherhood on "separate but equal" terms. Nina Mjagkij's book, the first comprehensive study of African Americans in the YMCA, is a compelling account of hope and success in the face of
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Mjagkij, Nina, 1961-
Light in the darkness.
Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©1994
(OCoLC)622086963
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nina Mjagkij
ISBN: 0813118522 9780813118529 081319072X 9780813190723
OCLC Number: 28113974
Description: x, 198 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The Origins of Racial Divisions in the YMCA, 1852-1875 --
2. White Supervision of African-American YMCA Work, 1875-1891 --
3. Growth and Centralization under African-American Leadership, 1891-1898 --
4. Recruitment and Training of African-American YMCA Secretaries, 1898-1943 --
5. Philanthropists and the Construction of YMCA Buildings, 1901-1933 --
6. Serving African-American Soldiers in World War I --
7. Interracial Dialogue and Cooperation in the 1920s --
8. From Depression to Desegregation, 1929-1946.
Responsibility: Nina Mjagkij.

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