Before Jim Jones was popularly known as one of the worst human beings to have ever lived, he was a dedicated civil rights activist.
With a hybrid socialist/Pentecostal ministry, Jones turned thousands of poor, disenfranchised people into an unstoppable force of goodwill, progressive politics, and kindness. In short, they were good people. Until they weren’t.
Jim Jones in Jonestown, Guyana, 1978
This week, we’ll talk about the man, the church he built, the cult it turned into, and how everything went very, very wrong.
One of Jones’ followers
From Congressman Leo Ryan to Harvey Milk, from “white nights” to black rights, we’ll get into all of it.