Saved for a Purpose: A Journey from Private Virtues to Public Values
James A. Joseph is Professor Emeritus of the Practice of Public Policy at Duke University. Joseph served as the United States Ambassador to South Africa from 1996 to 2000, and as the Under Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior from 1977 to 1981. He was the President and CEO of the Council on Foundations, Vice President of the Cummins Engine Company, and served as Chaplain of the Claremont Colleges. He is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the Order of Good Hope, South Africa’s highest award to a citizen of a foreign country. Joseph is also the author of
Alabama: The Search for an Ethic of Protest
New Haven had been a comfortable and convenient place for protest at the village green when events in the South touched the national conscience, but the time had come to shed the security blanket of the sanitized protests of Connecticut to join the struggle in the Deep South. This chapter tells the story of organizing the civil rights movement in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and the choices that had to be made in developing an ethic of protest. It is a story of street protests, boycotts, and confrontation with the state troopers and the local Ku Klux Klan, but is also the story of intense debate in the movement about nonviolence, the role of religion and faith leaders in the public square, respect for the humanity of the adversary, and the relationship between love and justice.