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'Lift up the underdog': The role of local religious leaders in Lancaster's civil rights activism

from LancasterOnline

From his pulpit during the 1960s, the Rev. Alexander L. Stephans didn’t preach directly about civil rights marches and protests. Instead, the former pastor of Lancaster's Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church city’s says, he preached about Christianity, about Jesus. “I felt the pulpit there was really about Christianity,” Stephans says today. “But the leader of Christianity, Jesus Christ, it always seemed like he was trying to lift up the underdog.” more

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