2 Mississippi churches transcend racial barriers after arson

Photo: Terrance Friday, WJTV
Photo: Terrance Friday, WJTV

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Back in the 1960s, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. observed that Sunday morning is the most segregated time of the week in America, a fact that remains true in many communities today.

But three weeks after a church in the Mississippi Delta was mostly destroyed by arson and someone spray-painted “Vote Trump” outside, its African-American congregation has been welcomed into the church of its white neighbors.

The bishop of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, Clarence Green, says the generosity of First Baptist Church of Greenville demonstrates that “unlimited love” transcends social barriers.

The Hopewell congregation is holding services in the First Baptist chapel, a space used for small weddings and funerals. It’s just steps from the church’s larger main sanctuary. Green wanted Hopewell to maintain its own sense of community as the arson investigation continues.

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