The United Methodist Church did not officially desegregate until the birth of the new denomination in 1968. For years, despite their own denominational segregation, the stances and policies for the denomination were centered on welcoming all people, from all places and races. This discrepancy between policy, polity, and reality is explored in through the United Methodist denomination’s struggle from 1939 to 1972 to end segregation and to welcome and celebrate the diversity of Black Methodists.

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