Breaking Down the Dividing Walls

A Devotional

The Reverend Dr. Franklin Colclough
SCCAC Racial Justice Workgroup
Presbyter New Harmony Presbytery (PCUSA), retired


For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us
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Ephesians 2:14, NRSV

            In the early 1900’s Dr. W.E.B. DuBois published a broad and exhaustive study of the quote “Negro problem in the United States.” The book was entitled: “The Souls of Black Folk.” In this book he wrote that the major problem confronting America was the problem of race. In 1953, some fifty years after the book was first published, as he was reflecting upon the “Negro problem in the United States,” Dr. Dubois said, “I still think today as yesterday that the color line is a great problem of this century.” He went on to say, “But today I see more clearly than yesterday that back of the problem of race and color, lies a greater problem…and that is the fact that so many civilized persons are willing to live in comfort even if the price of this is poverty, ignorance and disease of the majority of their fellowmen.”

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