President Johnson Urges All Americans to Observe ‘brotherhood Week’

President Lyndon B. Johnson today issued a message calling upon all Americans to Join with him in observing Brotherhood Week, sponsored by the National Conference of Christians and Jews. The President has accepted honorary chairmanship of Brotherhood Week, it was announced by Dr. Lewis Webster Jones, NCCJ president. The Week is to be observed next February 16-23.

“Brotherhood Week 1964 is a time of deep appraisal for all Americans,” President Johnson said in his message. “Tragedy is in our land, and from the darkness of our sorrow ought to come a new dedication to the ideals of love and brotherhood. Democracy cannot live in hate and fear. Prejudice and bigotry are the advance guard of failure.

“No better time exists for a searching of our hearts and mind than this national observance of Brotherhood. Let us hear again the faith of our forebears; let us listen again to the inspired hopes of our national conscience; let us obey again the word of our religions.

“In this time, still heavy with sadness, I urge all my fellow Americans to join with me and the National Conference of Christians and Jews in this national celebration of tolerance, truth and charity toward our neighbors, wherever they live, whoever they are.”

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