Interracial News Service, vol. 10, no. 1, January 1939



Interracial News Service, vol. 10, no. 1, January 1939


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." 

Articles and topics in this issue include:

p. 1 "Editor Fears Results of Educational Equality" discusses a statement made by Virginius Dabney, editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch that admitting African Americans to institutions of higher education would be harmful to racial relations in Virginia. 

p. 2 "Birmingham is Scene of Liberal Conference" about the Southern Conference for Human Welfare, held Nov. 20-23, 1938. 

"Negroes Denied Ballot Indians Vote Freely" a case from Clinton, NC

p. 3 "Truck Driver Lynched for Asking Favor" regarding the death of Wilder McGowan in Mississippi

"White Women of South Condemn Lynch Evil" the Mississippi Council of the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching condemned McGowan's lunching. The article relates, "One-fourth of Wiggins [Mississippi] took part in the lynching party. 'It was very orderly,' contends Sheriff S. C. Hinton." 

"Negroes and Anti-Semitism"
"What About Lynching?"
"Negroes Pray for Jews"
"Shall We Hate the Jews?"  

p.4  "The German press has retaliated to American protests as quoted by the N.Y Herald-Tribune for Nov. 16th and 20th... 'The "Voelkischer Beobachter" said that 'the Americans, who continue to treat their Negroes as second class citizens and in whose country lynch justice is, so to speak, good manners, are the least warranted to take upon themselves the role of moral sympathizers'"

"F.D.R. Told of Ban on Skilled Negro Workers" 

"Steps Toward Solving the Negro Problem" discusses the increasing poverty, incarceration, and tuberculosis of African Americans in Washington, DC. 

"Working Condition, Wages Large Factors in Life Expectancy" regarding the disparity between the life expectancy of blacks and whites as reported by the Surgeon General of the United States.


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


1939 January


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