James T. McCain, fired as a school principal for NAACP membership, became the first Black and Southern field secretary for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). CORE’s founders had accepted imprisonment rather than fight in World War II and Korea; they emulated Mahatma Gandhi’s nonviolent methods of opposing injustice. The training CORE’s McCain provided South Carolina’s Black students enabled them to meet beatings, fire hose spray, and tear gas in Rock Hill, Orangeburg, and Sumter with satyagraha, sometimes translated as “soul power.”
Let’s talk about meeting injustice, anger, and violence with peace. What role does anger play in your lives?