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"Hanover Volunteers Work to Promote AME Church," Hanover College Triangle, 9 Mar. 1962.

"A new spark of life has been felt in a church in Hanover after one big step," said Art Gorman, who with seven other students have been working with the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Hanover since mid-last semester.

How did this come about and how effect has it been?

The suggestion arose at a Campus Fellowship meeting "Greek Responsibility to the Hanover community."

Within a week the group was functioning. They first spent two days visiting homes of parents with children. After getting to know the families, the students of different race and varying denominations were readily accepted.

During the first week attendance climbed seven fold and has remained at that level since. Before Thanksgiving the fraternal organizations were asked to contribute equipment -- chalk, blackboard, toys -- and the response was "tremendous," said Art.

During Christmas the children presented a drama of the nativity for the parents. Robb Baker returned to Hanover from vacation to help.

Recently the Church had a chili supper to raise funds for a stove for the Sunday school in appreciation. Students and parents raised twice the amount needed. Art pointed out that this was the first church activity for quite a while. He said parents are more aware of their part in the church.

The greatest need at present is for volunteers to drive the children from Sunday school to their homes. Those with automobiles who are available at 11:00 a.m. Sunday may see Art for more information.

Teaching Sunday school are Robb Baker, Shirley Bryant, Jackie Clements, Judy Cook, Katie Ostrander, Edie Tallent and Peggy White.

"Shirley, who is a Negro, has been very instrumental in the liaison between the college and the church," said Art.


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Caroline Brunner (HC 2018) selected this article for Learning in Black and White, a study of African Americans at Hanover College from 1832 to 1980.
This is a faithful transcription of the text as it appears in the print version of the Triangle, available at the Hanover College Archives.



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