6. People Looked Up to Jim Jones During the Civil Rights Movement
Jim Jones became an essential part during the early years of the Civil Rights Movement. He believed that American society should fully integrate, allowing African American and white civilians to become equal. Of course, this brought hundreds of African Americans into the Peoples Temple. In fact, at its height, over 50% of the group was African American.
Jim Jones and his wife said one way they fought against segregation was through adopting African American children. They would soon come to be known as the “rainbow” family because the couple took children from any background, race, and ethnicity.