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Roosevelt. Backing Brotherhood Week. Warns Against Prejudice

A call to Americans to rededicate themselves to “the principle that all men are brothers” was made by President Roosevelt in a letter to Dr. Arthur H. Compton, co-chairman of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, endorsing the seventh annual observance of Brotherhood Week, Feb. 18 to 25.

The President’s letter follows: “I note with interest that the seventh observance of Brotherhood Week across the country, under the auspices of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, is set for the week of Washington’s Birthday, Feb. 18-25, 1940.

“With gratitude to God for the liberties we enjoy and with a full measure of mutual respect for each other’s faith, let us gather together in our church, synagogues, schools, public halls and homes during this week to celebrate our brotherhood under God as citizens of our beloved land. Let us here resolve that in a time of world division and pain this nation shall be rededicated to the principles that all men are brothers; that religious prejudice and group intolerance may not here destroy that unity in freedom which is the strength of our national character.”