New York (Oct. 21)
The presidents of five Black colleges leave Nov. 1 for a 16-day study tour of Israel arranged by the urban affairs department of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. They will meet with Israeli educators at the Hebrew University, the Weizmann Institute and Israel’s Afro-Asian Institute.
According to Kenyon C. Burke, director of the ADL department which coordinates the agency’s race relations program, the Black educators will examine Israeli methods of education for the disadvantaged, that country’s youth, health and immigration projects, and its handling of ethnic problems. A prime purpose of the trip will be to set up a student exchange program. Abraham Harman, president of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, will act as host to the visiting college heads during their stay.
“It is hoped.” Burke said, “that the tour will help provide greater insight into the sensitivities and aspirations of both Blacks and Jews.” He said a similar tour arranged by ADL for Black publishers and journalists more than a year ago had inspired the upcoming one.
Burke will accompany the group of educators which includes Dr. Lewis C. Dowdy, president of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro; Dr. Roy Hudson, president of Hampton Institute, Virginia; Dr. Charles G. Hurst, Jr., president of Malcolm X College, Chicago, Ill.; Dr. James R. Lawson, president of Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn., and Dr. Granville Sawyer, president of the Texas Southern University, Houston.