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William Branham's Battle Against Civil Rights

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William Branham's Battle Against Civil Rights:

Though he was not consistent in the recorded sermons from 1947 to 1965 that we now have available, William Branham was against the Civil Rights movement as its heroes fought for the freedom that African Americans enjoy today. After the heated battles between races subsided in major cities, William Branham would hold "revivals" nearby and declare his position against those who stood for freedom. The best example of this is in Little Rock, Arkansas, a city that Wiliam Branham frequently visited, and one that lifted his mentor, Roy E. Davis into power as Imperial Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan.

In 1957, nine African American students enrolled in Little Rock Central High School, causing a disruption that would eventually explode into a crisis requiring militarized intervention. The Little Rock school system was segregated, and was making national news as it refused to recognize the unanimous decision in the Brown v. Board of Education case. Since 1954, the Supreme Court of the United States maintained that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. Many white supremacy groups objected to this, claiming that the desegregation of schools would eventually lead to interracial marriage -- which white supremacy groups (and William Branham) fought against to stop.

It was during this crisis that Roy E. Davis started gaining recognition. Federal Bureau of Investigation documents describe Davis as one of the most active leaders of the white supremacy groups in Little Rock. Declassified documents describe F.B.I. informants from Little Rock who were in Davis' secret meetings leading up to the Little Rock Crisis. Apparently, Davis held meetings under the names of several different white supremacy organizations, but inductees were introduced into the Ku Klux Klan. In fact, Davis was so successful in his recruiting for the Ku Klux Klan that a large population in Little Rock and the surrounding area became active in the battle against Civil Rights. Largely because of Davis, the President of the United States was forced to intervene. On September 4, 1957, 289 soldiers in the National Guard was ordered to restore law and order.

After the crisis situation had subsided, but still while the battle for Civil Rights raged, William Branham admitted to the people in nearby Hot Springs, Arkansas that he was present during the Little Rock Crisis. While Roy E. Davis was recruiting for the Ku Klux Klan, William Branham was on the scene. According to his testimony, Branham sided with the white supremacists -- not the African Americans seeking to gain their freedom.

So they're not slaves. They have as much freedom as anybody else. They, if they were slaves, I would be on that side. But they're not slaves. It's just because they want to go to school. They got schools. Let them go to school. That's right. Was there, remember that old colored brother standing up, that morning, in that riot.
- Branham, 63-0628M - O Lord, Just Once More

Branham continued his speech in Hot Springs, declaring his own stance against Civil Rights. As his sermon unfolded, he appealed to the white supremacists by claiming that he personally witnessed African Americans who were "satisfied in the state [they] were in," and also claimed that the school systems segregated for African Americans were far better than those segregated for white Americans.

"The white woman," raised up and said, "I don't want my children schooled by a white woman," said, "because they... she won't pay the—the interest, take interest in my children like a colored woman was in my own race." Said, "There, look at our schools. They got swimming pools. They got better schools and everything. Why do we want to go to their schools?" That's right. 22 I believe God is a God of—of, well, I'd say He is a God of variety. He makes big mountains and little mountains. He makes deserts. He makes forests. He makes white man, black man, red man. We should never cross that up. It becomes a hybrid. And anything hybrid cannot re-breed itself. You are ruining the race of people. There is some things about a colored man that a white man don't even possess them traits. A white man is always stewing and worrying; a colored man is satisfied in the state he is in, so they don't need those things
- Branham, 63-0628M - O Lord, Just Once More

Though "ministers" in the "Message" cult following of William Branham today are claiming that they were unaware of William Branham's position against Civil Rights and his secret activity with Roy E. Davis during milestones in the Civil Rights movement, many of these same ministers were present when William Branham declared his siding with the white supremacists against Integration. Cult pastors Willard Collins and "Junior" Jackson were present at the same Hot Springs meeting where Branham admitted to being present during the Little Rock Crisis:

Sitting over here to my left, Brother Junior Jackson. I seen him shaking his hands like that, kind of reminded me of Brother Ryan. How many thinks that the Methodists can't receive the Holy Ghost? You're mistaken. Stand up, Brother Junior Jackson, him and his lovely wife there. They're from down in Indiana there, a Methodist minister. 7 Where is Willard Collins? Is he in the building this morning? Where you at, Brother Willard? I thought he was around here. Another Methodist minister standing over here, if you don't think Methodists can receive the Holy Ghost and be rebaptized. Stand up, Brother Collins. There is another one.
- Branham, 63-0628M - O Lord, Just Once More

After the nearly successful prevention of Integration in Little Rock, Roy E. Davis was asked by Eldon L. Edwards, Imperial Grand Wizard of the Atlanta Ku Klux Klan, to lead the 40,000 to 50,000 members of the Ku Klux Klan in Dallas County, Texas. On March 28, 1958, Davis came out of the shadows and unmasked himself as a strong leader against the Civil Rights Movement. The Associated Press covered the story, and newspaper subscribers from coast to coast suddenly became aware that William Branham's mentor had been actively recruiting white supremacists for his army of militants against Integration. According to the A.P., underground meetings were held in 8-10 places almost every night in the city. Davis also mentioned that he sought after a higher post in the governing body of the Ku Klux Klan.

As the A.P. published article after article describing the Rev. Roy E. Davis and his organized fight against African Americans, William Branham continued to promote the Klan leader. Though many of his listeners would have been aware of Davis' political agenda, Branham praised Davis from coast to coast. We can not be certain how many of Davis' recruitment rallies Branham attended, but we can confirm his location during major events such as the Little Rock Crisis and the highly publicized membership drive in Shreveport, Louisiana. From 1957 to 1958 alone, Branham praised the Imperial Grand Dragon almost 20 different times from coast to coast.

57-0115 - Sturgis, MI
57-1020E - Jeffersonville, IN
57-0125 - Lima, OH
57-0126B - Lima, OH
57-0226 - Phoenix, AZ
57-0306 - Phoenix, AZ
57-0310A - Phoenix, AZ
57-0407M - Jeffersonville, IN
57-0407E - Jeffersonville, IN
57-0516 - Saskatoon, SK
57-0727 - Tacoma, WA
57-0908E - Jeffersonville, IN
57-1229 - Jeffersonville, IN
58-0214 - Terra Haute, IN
58-0316E - Harrisonburg, VA
59-0325 - Middletown, OH
58-0521 - Bangor, ME
58-0611 - Dallas, TX
58-0928E - Jeffersonville, IN

Of these, Branham's mention of Roy E. Davis in Dallas, Texas on June 11, 1958 is most interesting. After national attention drifted away from the Little Rock Crisis, it shifted towards Dallas, Texas. Dallas was making national news in its refusal to integrate the school system, and Davis was at the heart of the battle. Davis was president of the Oak Cliff White Citizens Council, and had been actively recruiting high-ranking officials into his white supremacy groups. Newspapers across the nation described the situation: Civil Rights leaders protesting for freedom while government officials and local police officers sided with (and even joined) the white supremacy groups. Davis began publicly denouncing those who supported the integration of schools, and claimed that he "would rather die or be put into prison than allow Negro children to be integrated with white children in the Dallas white schools."

In early months of 1958, Davis and the white supremacy groups gained ground by helping to postpone the decision by the Dallas Board of Education. From February to June, Davis held events gathering support against Integration, speaking at conventions and rallies. His position was to be presented before the Board of Education in June of 1958, and many white supremacists gathered in Dallas to show their support. It was during this time that William Branham held a week-long campaign in the city of Dallas. During the campaign, Branham referred to the Klan leader by name, expecting his presence in the meeting.

Dr. Davis may be right here tonight; he lives here in Fort Wayne or Fort Worth—who baptized me into the Baptist church.
- Branham, 58-0611 - Thirsting For Life

Interestinly, the first portion of the sermon is missing from the transcripts and recordings. After William Branham takes the podium and thanks his hosts, the recording has been removed and transcripts replaced with "[]." After the "blank spot," his hosts are never mentioned, and he enters prayer for the service -- which is not typical of Branham's style. In most of Branham's sermons out-of-state, his hosts are thanked by name. Often, personal stories or testimonies are given to support the hosts. In this Dallas sermon, however, the hosts of Branham's meeting are omitted:

Thank you...?... Thank you friends. [—Ed.] It's a privilege to be back again tonight at the tent to—to speak in the Name of our Lord again tonight. And now, before we open His Word, let's have just a word to Him first, as we bow our head.
- Branham, 58-0611 - Thirsting For Life

Ultimately, William Branham and Roy E. Davis where not succesful in the battle against Civil Rights. The Dallas school system was eventually integrated, and African Americans enjoyed freedom of the same education available to white Americans. But the damage caused by their campaigning against Civil Rights was extensive. Eventually, in that same city, groups led by Roy E. Davis would organize protests that would gain national attention. So much attention, in fact, that they would contribute to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. On November 22, 1963, as the President was traveling through Dallas to speak, local police were occupied with multiple distractions by the white supremacy groups. The President, well known for his strong support of Integration and Civil Rights, would be executed in the city that Branham and Davis influenced.

Sadly, the influence of Roy E. Davis upon William Branham's ministry would be both far-reaching and everlasting. Scattered throughout William Branham's sermons are several statements in strong support of white supremacy organizations, including but not limited to anti-Catholicism, anti-Semitism, against Integration, against interracial marriage, and against the most influencial Civil Rights leaders. Their strategy of recording and distributing the hate speech in the form of religious propaganda was powerful in its own time, but continues still today through the outreach of Voice of God Recordings ( Still today, and through the disguise of a Southern Indiana cult, Davis' Ku Klux Klan propaganda is distributed around the world and across the nation. Children are indoctrinated with this propaganda from an early age through clever marketing (, later to be fully exposed to the Klan's agendas in indoctrination camps. (

During the indoctrination process, cult victims are told that William Branham supported all races, and was not a white supremacist. Unaware that many of his "bible teaching" is aligned with the Ku Klux Klan's battle against Civil Rights, the cult continues to influence the masses with the propaganda created by Imperial Grand Dragon Roy E. Davis through Rev. William M. Branham.

Recently, Branham's racist ideologies were the target of Tennessee news stations when cult pastor Donnie Reagan was labeled by social media as the "Most Racist Pastor in America."

Why did William Branham promote white supremacists and their ideologies? Why do cult pastors promote them still today? Was this a "Message" from God? Or was this the Ku Klux Klan's strategy to sway public opinion through religion?

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