Recently Read: Offended by party theme, SMU students march for racial understanding


Before the march, Perkins student Robin Murray read a letter from Dr. James L. Lyles, one of the original five African-American students who integrated the seminary in 1955. The retired UMC pastor and distinguished SMU alum, age 87, said: “Prayer and peace are instruments that enable you to stay the course. … Pray for the fraternities, and other individuals who spoke and acted in such a way to hurt. They moved us to actions. May it be that if they had not acted ugly, we would not have been provoked to act positively?”

Dean William Lawrence reinforced the seminary’s legacy of leading the way in racial inclusion. “Black lives matter, black students matter, black faculty matter, and black staff matter,” he said.

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George Nixon Shuler

The discomfort of the defenders of the present reality in which racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, xenophobia, and smug superiority prevail with efforts to change the system is duly noted.

Richard Hicks
Richard Hicks

Yep, this is exactly what the Apostle Paul, et al did: Run to Big Daddy Caesar to seek protection. NOT! Thank you, Richard F Hicks, OKC

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