Interracial News Service, vol. 9, no. 4, June 1938



Interracial News Service, vol. 9, no. 4, June 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." 

Articles and topics in this issue include:

"New Contracts Will Protect Sharecroppers" describing provisions under the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938. (p. 1)

"Ethiopia's Farewell" about the defeat of Haile Selassie and the conquest of Ethiopia by Italian fascists. (p. 1ff)

"Submits After 15 Days of Picketing" The Kroger Stores, Inc. hire the first African American clerk in the city of Dayton, OH (p. 2)

"Yale U. Awards Fellowship to Young Teacher" recounts the awarding of a fellowship to Miss Lucille Sarah Baker, the first fellowship in general studies given to an African American. (p. 3)

"34 Are Awarded Rosenwald Fellowships" (p. 3)

"Uses Wife as Model; Wins Art Institute Award" about Thurmand Townsend's sculpture of his wife made in mud. (p. 4) 

The section, Race Issues in Church Circles, includes "Church Vs. Christianity," "Brave White Friends Need of Our Race," and "Negro and White Churches Must Unify." (p. 4)


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


June 1938


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