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The National Conference of Friends on Race Relations is an independent Quaker body sponsored
by the Friends World Committee American Section. The Sixth Conference was opened by the two
inspiring and challenging addresses which are reprinted here with minor editorial changes.
Martha Ragland (Mrs. Tom Ragland) of Nashville, Tennessee, is Chairman of the Tennessee
State Advisory Committee to the U. S. Civil Rights Commission. She is the immediate past
President of the Tennessee Council on Human Relations, a member of the Southern Regional
Council, and Tennessee Representative to the National Committee for Support of the Public
Vincent Harding, a writer and historian, is the former director of the Mennonite House in
Atlanta. He is professor of history at Spelman College in Atlanta and a member of the Committee
of Southern Churchmen. "The Gift of Blackness" is reprinted from the Summer, 1967 issue of
Katallegete, with the kind permission of The Committee of Southern Churchmen, 1207 Eighteenth
Avenue South, Nashville, Tenn. 37212.
The Conference Message was adopted at the close of the 4-day session. While addressed specifically
to the members of the Religious Society of Friends in the United States, it is reprinted with
the two messages in the hope that the insights reflected in all three documents may be helpful to
others besides Quakers.
The Chairman of the Continuation Committee of the National Conference of Friends on Race
Relations is Marian Fuson, 911 18th Ave. No., Nashville, Tenn. 37208.
Copies of this reprint may be obtained from the Chairman as follows:
Single copies and small quantities: 250 each including postage
10 or more copies: 20c each including postage
Copies of this reprint in larger quantities may be obtained from The Turnpike Press, P.O. Box 170,
Annandale, Va. 22003.
100 or more copies: 150 each including postage
500 or more copies: write for bulk rates
All checks should be made payable to Friends Race Relations Conference.
The questions raised by these three papers can provide stimulation for much fruitful discussion
in Friends Meetings (and other groups) which want to re-examine their attitudes and responsi-
bilities. The Continuation Committee would like to share reports and recommendations arising
from such discussions. The Committee is also glad to offer help and suggestions to concerned
Friends. Names and addresses of Continuation Committee members are given at the back of this
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[Sixth National Conference of Friends on Race Relations Booklet], text, July 1967; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth595342/m1/2/: accessed May 31, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas Southern University.