After the song “Away Down in Texas,” FATHER DIVINE speaks on themes including “Recognition of the Body of GOD will solve your every problem” and “God in Person is doing and has done more than all of your religions.”
At Circle Mission Church, Philadelphia, August 28, 1950 ADFD, 5:20am.
Peace Mission CD 28-2, track 2.
At Century House Historical Society in Rosendale, NY, 20 Sept 2009, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, Dr. Carleton Mabee, said:
“I’d like to summarize in a few words the history of the civil rights movement in a way that oversimplifies the role of Father Divine in it, oversimplifies the whole thing, but it still makes a point: Father Divine proved that interracial living was possible. So, Rosa Parks sat in front of a bus and she wouldn’t move when she was asked to go to the back; so, Martin Luther King gave his ‘I have a dream’ speech in Washington; so, Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. There it is in a few words…”
Here is the relevant excerpt:
If you would like to view the entire presentation about FATHER DIVINE’s important interracial communities in Ulster County, New York, it is on YouTube in seven parts. Part one is here. (Subsequent parts, clearly numbered, will appear in the right-hand sidebar on the YouTube page).
- Let The Praises Roar
- Marching Up This Highway
- Peace Everyone
- Pretty As a Picture
- Tried and True
- All The Things You Are Time And Again
- We Love To Live This Christ Life
- Sing It Over Again
- As I Vision You
- I Only Have Eyes For You
- Love In Bloom
- With Your love In My Heart
- I am in Love With You Father
- I Believe
- If Oppositions Arise
This volume merges the contents of Parables and Stories Told by Father Divine, a privately printed anthology put together in the 1970s, and Stories Father Divine has Told, originally published by The New Day Publishing Company of Philadelphia, Pa. You can order a printed version here.