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Martin La Marie Collection, 1944-1999 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

By Phil Erffmeyer, April 2014

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Title: Martin La Marie Collection, 1944-1999

ID: COLL/537

Primary Creator: La Marie, Martin

Extent: 1.0 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Date Acquired: 00/00/2012


Contains material from Martin La Maire's (1920-2011) work on behalf of Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church in Berwyn, Illinois, Roseland Christian School, and in the Christian Reformed Church of North America (CRC).  Topics include the racial discrimination lawsuit brought against Timothy Christian Schools in 1971, women in church office and CRC's decision to open all office to women, and racism in Cicero, Illinois.  Also contains his speeches as part of the toastmasters.

The Timothy-Lawndale controversy, 1965-1972, developed after Black members of a Christian Reformed Church living in the Lawndale neighborhood on the west side of Chicago asked for admission of their children to the Timothy Christian School, a private, K-4 school in nearby Cicero.  Because of the racism and threats from residents in Cicero and racism among the school's parents, the school's board delayed the admissions, instead offering free bus service to a Christian school about 25 miles away.  The situation escalated into a church dispute, open protests, and the resignations by four teachers in 1969.  The synod of the Christian Reformed Church (the denomination's annual gathering of representatives to deal with matters concerning the denomination) in 1970 instructed the local regional body, Classis Chicago North, to correct what some deemed to be racially exclusionary policies of some members serving special Christian institutions. In 1971, when Classis had not taken meaningful action, parents from Lawndale filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the school in the U.S. District Court.  During these years the Christian Reformed residents of Cicero were moving westward and by 1972 the school building had been sold and instruction moved to Elmhurst.  The school having been closed, on 28 February 1972 the lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice.

Biographical Note

Martin La Maire (25 May 1920 - 20 Aug 2011) was an advertising artist and active in Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church (where he was a member), Roseland Christian Schools, and Roseland Christian Ministries in the Chicago area.  He retired from the Chicago Tribune in 1984 and served as a news correspondent for the Banner.  In his church he was clerk of the council, served on various committees, chair the 125th anniversary committee, and served as church secretary.

La Maire married Johanna Gelderloos (1917-2002) in 1945.  They had two children, Martha (married Frank Hules) and Paul (married Linda).  After Johanna died, he married Annette Buurstra.

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 Boxes

Acquisition Source: Annette Buurstra, 2012

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: [General Materials]],

Series 1: [General Materials]
Box 1
Folder 1: Timothy/Lawndale Newspaper Clippings --- 1968-1971
Folder 2: Racism Res --- 1971
Folder 3-7: Timothy/Lawndale Issue --- 1966-1972
Folder 8: Butler verses Timothy Christian filing, transcript, memorandum --- 1971-1972
Folder 9: US verses Cicero Ruling --- 1986
Folder 10: Warren Park Cicero CRC v. Rev. James La Grand --- 1970-1971
Folder 11: Correspondence-CRCNA --- 1958-1971
Box 2
Folder 1-2: Correspondence --- 1945-2002
Folder 3: Letters to Editors, (Banner, etc.) --- 1944-1973
Folder 4: Berwyn, Illinois, Ebenezer Church Matters --- 1958-1986
Folder 5: Berwyn, Illinois, Ebenezer, Correspondence with pastors called to service church --- 1962-1986
Folder 6: Billy Graham Crusade Issue --- 1944-1962
Folder 7: Roseland Ministries --- 1985-1991
Folder 8: Women in Office Issue --- 1979-1999
Folder 9: Tribune Toastmasters Speeches --- 1977-1981
Folder 10: Speeches-Synod Reports --- 1984-1998
Folder 11: Speeches-Miscellaneous --- 1981-1987
Folder 12: Communion Issue --- 1966, 1987
Folder 13: Covenant House Ministries --- 1988
Folder 14: Photographs
Item 1: Toastmasters --- n.d.
Item 2: Ruth Hoffman at CRCNA synod --- 1996

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