Interracial News Service vol. 9, no. 5, February 1938



Interracial News Service vol. 9, no. 5, February 1938


A news digest published by the Department of Race Relations, Federal Council of Churches, New York, NY.

The Federal Council of Churches was an ecumenical association of Protestant denominations in the United States founded in Philadelphia in 1908. It merged with other ecumenical bodies in 1950 to form the present day National Council of Churches.

Masthead: "Gleanings from press releases and other sources to inform busy but sincere people of some of the things affecting the lives of racial minorities. Let's do away with walls ! 'We are all one in Christ Jesus.'
The Material in the News Service is given for information and is not to be construed as declarations of official attitudes or policies of the Department of Race Relations or the Federal Council of Churches." 

This issue contains tributes to James Weldon Johnson following his death in an automobile accident. Also marked is the death of Arthur A. Schomburg, America's foremost collector of books on African Americans and curator of the largest and rarest collection of its type in the United States. 

Other topics and articles include:

"K.U. Medical School Opens Doors to Negro Students" 
"Ask American Bar to Admit Negro Lawyers" 
"Ga. Governor Removes Shakles in Prison Reform" (also removed from Georgia prisions were the sweat-box, and whippings with cat-o-nine tails) 
"Blue and Gray Vets Gather at Gettysburg" (75th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg) 
"Cotton Picker May Displace Negro Workers" (regarding the Rust Brothers cotton picker)
"Italians 'Aryan' Race Purity Urged" (regarding the purge of Jews from Italy)
"Vassar Pact Pledges Aid to Minorities" (World Youth Congress at Vassar College)


E 185.5.I68, Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Libraries, VCU Libraries


1938 February


Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries


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Learn more: 
The Southern Frontier, Social Welfare History Image Portal 
Jim Crow Laws and Racial Segregation, Social Welfare History Project 
Vassar Peace Pact (1938). Vassar Quarterly, Volume XXIV, Number 1, 1 October 1938, Vassar newspaper archives.


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