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National Conference of Christians and Jews Announces Measures Against Racial Bias

February 18, 1944
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Measures to overcome racial and religious animosities among religious groups in New York City were announced today by the National Conference of Christians and Jews on the occasion of Brotherhood Week which begins on Sunday and continues until February 26.

Churches, schools and community organizations throughout the country will participate in the nation-wide observance of Brotherhood Week. More than fifty network radio programs will be devoted to the subject of Brotherhood nationally. Hundreds of local stations will present special programs. Military camps and USO units are participating with programs arranged by service men and women both in this country and in overseas theaters. President Roosevelt, along with Governors of many states, has called upon citizens of all creeds and races to participate in the activities.

The National Conference also announced for Brotherhood Week on extensive educational program of nationwide scope in cooperation with the American Council on Education and its constituent bodies. Officially approved by the executive boards of both organizations, the program consists of three major projects.

1. A conference of national educational and religious leaders in the late spring on the subject of “Education and Religion in the American Democracy.”

2. Preparation by educators of a series of handbooks on the subject of human relations for teacher training institutions of the nation.

3. A comprehensive study of textbooks used by schools of the nation for the purpose of introducing materials designed to extend good will and understanding among religious groups.

All these projects will be under the direction of Dr. Howard Wilson, Harvard School of Educations, chairman of the Commission on Educational Organizations of the National Conference, Dr. George Zook, director of the American Council on Education, Mr. Herbert Seamans, director of the Educational Commission of the Conference and Dr. Leonard Power, educational consultant of the Conference.

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