Peoples Temple Collection; Box 27, Virtual Item 32, Q1028- S.F. sermon (1972); apartheid speech (’77); LA sermon (’75)
- Digitized: 1972, 1977, 1975
- Jones, Jim (Jones, James Warren) (Person)
(Note: This tape was transcribed by Seriina Covarrubias. The editors gratefully acknowledge her invaluable assistance.) This tape consists of three parts, two addresses of Jim Jones before the Peoples Temple congregation bracketing a speech he gave in an unknown rally protesting the apartheid government of South Africa. The first address takes place in the newly-acquired Peoples Temple building on Geary Street in the Fillmore district of San Francisco, and is laced with both encouragement to his followers to become a presence in the neighborhood and admonitions against anyone who would mess with them. The people of the Temple have been out on the streets, introducing themselves, connecting with their new neighbors, inviting them to come to church, winning converts. They have noticed the litter and broken glass, and are making plans to do neighborhood clean-ups as well, but the most important goal for the moment is to establish themselves as a presence. They do that by appearing in a way that their neighbors understand – in large groups, moving in formations – and Jones wonders if they would engender even more respect if they wore uniforms or at least dressed in similar outfits. Full summary of the recording available at Alternative Considerations of Jonestown website, along with the tape transcript.
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Original audio cassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.
Publisher: The Jonestown Institute