-I’m researching the Father Divine movement right now and came across this uplifting video from the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Father and Mother Divine held on April 16th, 1996. The context of my research, conducted for a future book by Dr. Victoria Wolcott, concerns the utopian origins of the civil rights movement. Numerous projects of inter-racial cooperation during the first third of the century paved the course for future strategies utilized by civil rights groups. The Father Divine movement not only promoted a racially-inclusive faith, but started interracial co-operative farms in Ulster County, New York, as well as co-op restaurants and business in New York City during the 1930s and ’40s.
Video: The Father Divine Project