James Forman rams De halve maen

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Arthur O. Van Eck

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In the beginning hours of General Synod of 1969 a handful of Reformed Church staff were gathered in Arie Brouwer’s office at 475 Riverside Drive, not for a planning session, but to listen to James Forman hold forth with his demands, as he sat in Arie’s chair with his feet on the desk. At one point he looked at the opposite wall, on which hung a metal sculpture of the ship, De Halve Maen, and declared, “You Dutchmen brought us over from Africa on [expletive deleted] ships like that.”

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Forman, James, 1928-2005; Civil rights -- United States; Black power; Reformed Church in America -- History; Race relations -- Religious aspects -- Christianity; Racism
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