26 Ducere Est Servire: THE LEADERSHIP JOURNAL OF DALLAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY social concerns of society, and did so with unwavering commitment and consistency. Based on Taylor’s accomplishments, this study contends, those preachers would send parishioners away each week with a renewed vigor and zeal for the work of racial unity and equality. NOTES 1Robert D. McFadden, “Rev. Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, Powerful Voice for Civil Rights, Dies at 96,” New York Times, April 6, 2015, accessed April 12, 2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/07/us/rev-gardner-c-taylor-powerful-voicefor-civil-rights-dies-at-96.html?_r=0. 2Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (New York, NY: New Press, 2012), 59-63; Also, Richard Lischer, The End of Words: The Language of Reconciliation in a Culture of Violence (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2005), 1-19. 3Lischer, End of Words, 164-65. 4“On Views of Race and Inequality, Blacks and Whites Are Worlds Apart,” Pew Research Center: Social & Demographic Trends (June 27, 2016): 23. Accessed June 5, 2020, https://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2016/06/27/on-viewsof-race-and-inequality-blacks-and-whites-are-worlds-apart/. 5Eric C. Lincoln and Lawrence H. Mamiya, The Black Church in the African American Experience (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1990), 212. 6Ibid. 7W.E.B Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk (New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Classics, 2003), 135. 8Melva Wilson Costen, African American Worship (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2007), 35. 9Cleophus J. LaRue, The Heart of Black Preaching (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2000), 10. 10William B. McClain, Come Sunday: The Liturgy of Zion (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1990), 63. 11Thomas G Long, The Witness of Preaching, Second Edition (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2005), 23. 12McClain, 63.