In a letter from Ralph M. Riggs to Reverend and…
In a letter from Ralph M. Riggs to Reverend and Mrs. J. S. LaGrone, 10 February 1956, Race Relations File, Assemblies of God Archives, Riggs notes “We have heard that it is the opinion of some very fine Christian Negroes of the South that much of the present agitation is Communist inspired.” T. L. Lowery, a Church of God (Cleveland, TN) evangelist who at that time shared W. F. Carothers’ concern that segregation was the only plausible solution for God’s plan to keep the races pure charged in very explicit terms, “This trouble in America is caused by Communist front organizations. The purpose is to cause trouble among the citizens of the United States; and if possible, a civil war.” T. L. Lowery, America’s No. 1 Problem: Segregation (Cleveland, TN: Rev. T. L. Lowery, no date, Third
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