THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE PROPHET VERNON JOHNS:

FATHER OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

Another book banned by racism

The Rev. Vernon Johns

                                                                                           copyrighted: 1998   

                                                                                            Dr. Patrick Louis Cooney   

                                                                                            Henry W. Powell

                                                                                            email: plc47@optonline.net

 Sponsored by: Vernon Johns Society

Dedicated to: Vernon Johns

This is the only full-scale biography of the father of the civil rights movement, the Reverend Vernon Johns, a man censored and banned in his time... a man still too nonracist and truthful for our current politically correct crowd.

Who can doubt that it was good to be there, high upon

Hermon, in those Transfigured Moments!

                                                           -Vernon Johns

They hate him who reproves in the gate,

They abhor him who speaks the truth.

Amos 5:10

The only difficulty was that I was rated as sassy.   I just had to talk back at established authority and that established authority hated backtalk worse than barbed-wire pie.

Zora Neale Hurston (1942:103)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I. INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 1.  INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 2.  VERNON JOHNS AS PROPHET

CHAPTER 3.  COMBINING CONFLICT AND CONSENSUS THEORY: BLACK AND WHITE COOPERATION WITH SEGREGATION

PART II. VERNON JOHNS: THE EARLY YEARS

CHAPTER 4.  FORMATIVE YEARS

CHAPTER 5.  ATTENDS VIRGINIA SEMINARY, 1911-1912

PART III. LIBERALISM IN RELIGIOUS THOUGHT

CHAPTER 6.  WHITE SOCIAL GOSPEL

CHAPTER 7.  BLACK SOCIAL GOSPEL

CHAPTER 8.  VERNON JOHNS AT OBERLIN, 1915-1919

CHAPTER 9.  THE THEOLOGY OF VERNON JOHNS

PART IV. VERNON JOHNS BEGINS HIS CAREER

CHAPTER 10.  VERNON JOHNS AT COURT STREET BAPTIST CHURCH, 1920-1926

CHAPTER 11.  THE PROPHET VERNON JOHNS

CHAPTER 12.  VERNON JOHNS IN HARLEM, 1926-1927

CHAPTER 13.  CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA, 1927-1928

PART V. THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND THE RISE OF MODERN PROTEST MOVEMENT

CHAPTER 14.  PRESIDENT OF VIRGINIA SEMINARY, 1929-1933

CHAPTER 15.  FORCED OUT OF VIRGINIA SEMINARY

CHAPTER 16.  VAGABOND, 1933-1937

CHAPTER 17.  BACK IN CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA, 1937-1941

CHAPTER 18.  BACK AT COURT STREET BAPTIST CHURCH, 1942-1943

CHAPTER 19.  AT HOME, 1944-1948

PART VI. VERNON JOHNS IN ALABAMA

CHAPTER 20.  ALABAMA: DEEP SOUTH

CHAPTER 21.  BACKLASH AGAINST THE NEW DEAL IN THE SOUTH

CHAPTER 22.  LIFE IN MONTGOMERY

CHAPTER 23.  EARLY YEARS IN MONTGOMERY, 1948-1950

CHAPTER 24. A FIGHT FOR DESEGREGATION IN FARMVILLE

CHAPTER 25.  MONTGOMERY, LATER YEARS, 1950-1952

PART VII. YEARS AFTER ALABAMA

CHAPTER 26.  MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND VERNON JOHNS

CHAPTER 27.  VERNON JOHNS' FINAL YEARS

BIBLIOGRAPHY


The Complete Text of  the Famous Sermon: "Transfigured Moments"

Writings of Vernon Johns, copyright 2001 by the estate of Vernon Johns


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