NOVEMBER 5, 1893 - Savannah, Georgia

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Love Sermon: On November 5, 1893, a prominent Baptist preacher gave a sermon condemning lynching, rape, and mob violence against African Americans in the South. In his sermon, Rev. Emmanuel K. Love of the First African Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia advocated quality for all people, black and white. Fifteen hundred people attended the evening church service to hear the sermon given by Love. Love noted “the well-known fact that like begets like,” and warned that the outrageous acts of lynching would not stop any time soon. His plea was that “The sensible Negroes and conservative whites should unite and frown down these outrages. This can best be done by conservative talk, fair reasoning, confidence and patriotic cooperation.”