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To our local inter-racial committee
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TitleTo our local inter-racial committee
DescriptionA letter from Alan Jenkins, minister at the Central Congregational Church in Galesburg, Illinois, to members of the Inter-Racial Committee concerning arrangements for an upcoming inter-racial church service to be held on Feb. 13, 1944.
SubjectRace relations
Named PersonWalker, Daisy; Taylor, Marion; Green, W.T.; Handy, James J.; Robertson, Mrs.; Wallace, Mrs.; Williams, Thomas; Williams, Don; Ankerson, Mr.; Atwood, Jesse Howell; Cayton, Dr.; George, Mrs.;
AuthorJenkins, Alan
Time Period1940s
Date Created (original)February 1, 1944
IdentifierJ. Howell Atwood Manuscript Collection (box 9)
CollectionStruggle and Progress-African Americans in Knox County, Illinois (Knox College)
Date Digital2012-07-31
Transcript ? 29 Negro

Central Congregational Church
Public Square
Galesburg, Illinois

Alan Jenkins February 1, 1944

To Our Local Inter-Racial Committee

Dear Friends:

At present I don't think that I shall be with you this
evening except via this note. There are some items that I
must get before you. They are:

1. I am writing today to the ministers of the churches
in our local Council, advising them of our plans for our big
Inter-racial service and urging their active, earnest support.
This letter will go to Mrs. Daisy Walker, Reverend Marion Tay-
lor[Taylor], Reverend W.T. Green, in addition to the Council members
(Reverend James J. Handy is in the Council); also a copy of
this letter is going to Mrs. Robertson.

2. Have you decided, Mrs. Faulkner and Mrs. Wallace,
about the director for the combined choirs? Mr. Thomas
Williams will do that if you wish.

3. Will Mr. Don Williams act as co-chairman of the
ushers for that evening? And will he secure two other
colored ushers? Mr. Ankerson will be the other co-chairman
and he will get two men from this church to assist him.

4. With regard to Dr. Cayton's entertainment, Mr.
Atwood will meet him at the train, have him for supper and
bring him to the service. He will be my guest overnight.
I have not worked out any hosting for him for Monday morn-
ing. As you know, he is speaking at the college chapel
at 10:00. [in pencil: or. 2:51 or 3:01] [in margins: How
& Mr. C's return

5. I hope that Mrs. George is with you tonight to
gell of the splendid progress she has made with the lib-
rary exhibit. I suggest that the Inter-racial Committee
officially vote the gift of the Marion Anderson picture to
Service Men's Center Number Two.

6. Kindly talk up and pray this coming great
church service.

7. I expect to be resting at home this evening

p. 2

but please feel free to phone me if my counsel is needed.

8. I wish that I had a copy of the current Internat-
ional Journal of Religious Education for each of you. I
am giving one to Mrs. George for publicity and also one to
Mrs. Faulkner and Mrs. Wallace jointly.

9. I suggest that Mrs. Faulkner and Mrs. Wallace
see next Sunday whether their ministers have put the Fed-
eral Council poster up for Race Relations Sunday. If it
isn't up, the ministers might be reminded about it. I
shall remind all the white ministers I see.

10. We shall mimeograph a special leaflet for the
February 13th service. We would like to know the vocal
numbers by the middle of next week, say by the 9th or
before; also, in what order the anthems are to come. We
shall have the words of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" printed.

Cordially yours,
Alan Jenkins

[written in pencil:]
Printed matter for table before & after.
4 o'clock tea at Atwood home --
committee members & Mrs. George
Physical Description2 pages on stationery letterhead
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