Johnson Appeals Against Bigotry in ‘brotherhood Week’ Message

President Johnson warned the nation today against racial and religious discrimination in a Brotherhood Week statement issued through the National Conference of Christians and Jews. The President is the honorary chairman of Brotherhood Week, which starts on Feb. 21, sponsored annually by the National Conference.

The President’s statement reads:

“Brotherhood Week 1965 once again makes us acutely aware of the social and economic injustice which still clouds the lives and fortunes of many of our fellow citizens, Strong differences among our people have made our land dynamic. But when disagreement corrodes into discrimination then the very diversity which has been a hallmark of our Nation’s success weakens its fabric of freedom and democracy.

“Our beloved land was founded by men fleeing bigotry. Let us seek during this Brotherhood Week and throughout 1956 to sustain and deepen the spirit of liberty and equality for which our founding fathers fought and died. I urge all Americans to join now with the National Conference of Christians and Jews to work toward a society that will respect differences of ethnic background, race and religion as well as encourage an equal opportunity for every citizen.”

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