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Galesburg community conference on Civil Rights
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TitleGalesburg community conference on Civil Rights
DescriptionProgram agenda from the Galesburg Community Conference on Civil Rights held in Galesburg, Illinois on February 12, 1948. The conference, sponsored by many local organizations and the Illinois Interracial Commission, was organized by people "concerned about the relationship of civil rights to Illinois communities."
SubjectRace relations
Race discrimination
Civil rights
Civil rights leaders
Named PersonAtwood, Jesse Howell; Bailey, A. Leon;
Time Period1940s
Date Created (original)February 12, 1948
TypeText
Formatpdf
IdentifierJ. Howell Atwood Manuscript Collection (box 9)
Languageeng
RightsSee http://library.knox.edu/digitalcollections/rightsinfo.htm
CollectionStruggle and Progress-African Americans in Knox County, Illinois (Knox College)
TranscriptGALESBURG
COMMUNITY
CONFERENCE
ON
CIVIL RIGHTS

To be held at

GALESBURG, ILLINOIS

in the

SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

South Broad Street



LUNCHEON AND DINNER SESSIONS

in the

CENTRAL CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

Public Square - Southside

CLOSING SESSION

in the

BEECHER CHAPEL, KNOX COLLEGE

South Broad Street

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1948




SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS
American Association of University Women, Galesburg
Branch
Armed Forces Service Club
B'nai B'rith Lodge 1372
Carver Community Center
Culture Club
Ella Park Lawrence Auxiliary No. 40, United Spanish War
Veterans
Galesburg Chamber of Commerce
Galesburg Council of Churches
Galesburg Council of Church Women
Galesburg League of Women Voters
Galesburg Trades and Labor Assembly, A. F. of L.
Galesburg Young Men's Christian Association
International Cultures Club
Junior Chamber of Commerce
Junior Women's Club
Kiwanis Club
Knox College
Knox County, American Red Cress
Ladies Auxiliary V. F. W. Post No. 2257
Lions Club
Mayor's Brotherhood Commission
Mothers of World War II, Unit 108
Order of Eastern Star Patron Chapter No. 18
Phyllis Wheatley Club
Rebecca Parke Chapter, Daughters of the Ame rican
Revolution
The Interracial Committee
University of Illinois, Galesburg Division
William L. Darrow Lodge No. 12, Masonic Order
And The
ILLINOIS INTERRACIAL COMMISSION
19 South LaSalle Street
Suite 1213
Chicago 3, Illinois


PROGRAM

CONFERENCE THEME: "WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR
ALL"-- IN OUR COMMUNITY
9:45 A.M. REGISTRATION- Senior High School Main Hall
(The price of meals is the only charge)
Luncheon $0.65; Dinner $1.00
10:15 A.M. OPENING SESSION
Senior High School Auditorium
Theme: THE CIVIL RIGHTS REPORT AND
THE SITUATION IN ILLINOIS
Dr. James M. McCrimmon, Presiding
GREETINGS: from the City of Galesburg
Mr. Lucien Field
Opening Statement: NEW FRONTIERS IN
CIVIL RIGHTS
Dr. Martin Hayes Bickham
PANEL DISCUSSION
Mr. Carey Beasley
Mr. Ralph Sabetti
Mr. Wark Lavlfence
Dr. Lyle Wilhite
12:15 P.M. LUNCHEON SESSION
Dining Room, Central Congregational Church
Dr. C. M Louttit, Presiding
Address: SCIENCE LOOKS AT RACE DIFFERENCES
AND RACE TENSIONS
Dr. Joseph D. Lohman of the Julius Rosenwald
Foundation
2:00 P.M. ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION SESSIONS
Galesburg Senior High School
Theme: CIVIL RIGHTS AND RACE RELA-
TIONS IN:
(The First Five Sessions are open to the Public)
Education: (Room 105) -- Mr. William L. Good-
win [Goodwin], Discussion Leader
Employment: (Auditorium) -- Mr. William H.
Moon, Discussion Leader
Housing : (Room 111) -- Mr. Clifford Fletcher,
Discussion Leader
Public Places: (Library)- Dr. John Stipp ,
Discussion Leader
Recreation: (Room 112)- Mr. William W. laCf:son,
Discussion Leader
Law Enforcement: (Room 212) -- Dr. Joseph
Lohman, Discussion Leader
(Attendance limited to invited delegates)
3:30 P.M. ROUND-TABLE REPORT SESSION
Dr. J. Howell Atwood, Presiding
Reports from the individual round-table dis-
cussions
4:00 P.M. ILLINOIS INTERRACIAL COMMISSION
MEETING
Dr. Martin Hayes Bickham, Presiding
Galesburg Brotherhood Commission members,
Conference Executive Committee, and the
Interracial Committee are invited guests.


6:15 P.M. DINNER SESSION
Hon. Kennet'l Peel, Presiding
MUSICAL PROGRAM
The Galesburg lllini Quartet, Dr. Alvin Vi.
Ahrens, Director
8;00 P.M. CLOSING SESSION
Beecher Chapel
Dr. Harold E. Way, Presiding
CONFERENCE SUMMARY: Rev. Alan Jenkins
Address: MATCHING ABILITIES IN JOBS
Dr. Phillips Bradley of the University of
Illinois

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
DR. J. HOWELL ATWOOD, Chairman
COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN
Dr. C. M. Louttit, Program
Mr. William Goodwin, Place of Meeting
Mrs. Preston Wallace, Invitation, Hospitality
and Registration
Mrs. W. P. Drew, Luncheon and Dinner
Mr. R. V. Nystrom , Publicity
A. Leon Bailey, Director


Strangers to Galesburg, will want to visit historic Old
Main, central buildinq of Knox Colleqe campus. Against
its East wall, October 7, 1858, was built the temporary
platform on which the fifth of the Liincoln-Douglas debates
took place. Reports from that time estimated 20, 000 people
in attendance that blustery day. The dignitaries stepped
to the platform through the windows of the building. The
Alumni Room on the first floor of Old Main is furnished in
the style of Lincoln's time.
Central Congregational Church where the conference
luncheon and dinner are held is the site of the original
colony church, Established under the Congregational
Presbyterian Plan of Union. The belfry was a reputed
hiding place for slaves being carried to Canada along the
Underground Raileoad. The chief route of which in Illinois
ran throuqh this community.
Beecher Chapel was built during the pastorate of Edward
Beecher, brother of the famous abolitionists, Henry Ward
Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe. The evening session
is held in Beecher, the College chapel.
Among the notable ante-bellum students of Knox College
were, Jeremiah Anderson, who was killed during John
Brown's raid at Harper's Ferry; and Hiram Revels, a Negro,
who was later elected to the United States Senate from
Mississippi, occupying the seat once filled by Jefferson
Davis.



CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS AND RESOUCE PERSONS

Dr. Alvin W. Ahrens, Associate Professor of Psychology,
University of Illinois
Dr. J. Howell Atwood, Chairman, Department of Sociology,
Knox College
A. Leon Bailey, Executive Director, Illinois Interracial
Commission
Mr. Carey Beasley, Volunteer Worker, Carver Community
Center
Dr. Martin Hayes Bickham, Chairman, Illinois Interracial
Commission
Dr. Phillips Bradley, Director, Institute of Labor and In-
dustrial Relations, University of Illinois
Major Robert A. Byrd, Member, Illinois Interracial Com-
mission [Commission]
Dr. Joseph M. Evans, Member, Illinois Interracial Com-
mission [Commission]
Mr. Edward G. Felsenthal, Member, Illinois Interracial
Commission
Mr. Lucien Field, Corporation Counsel, City of Galesburg
Mrs Holland Flagler, Wember, Illinois Interracial Com-
mission [Commission]
Mr. Clifford Fletcher, President, Brotherhood Commission
Mr. William L. Goodwin, Dean of Boys, Galesburg Senior
High School
Dr. Charles E. Howell, Member, Illinois Interracial Com
mission [Commission]
Mrs. Ann LaFoe Ivy, Office Secretary, Illinois Interracial
Commission
Mr. William W. Jackson, Director, Carver Community Center
Rev. Alan Jenkins, Minister, Central Congregational Church
Mr. Mark Lawrence, Member B'nai B'rith
Dr. G. Cecil Lewis, Member, Illinois Interracial Commission
Dr. Joseph D. Lohman, Associate Director For Race Rela-
tions, Julius Rosenwald Fund, Lecturer in Sociology,
University of Chicago.
Dr. C. M. Louttit, Dean, University of Illinois, Galesburg
Division
Dr. James M. McCrimmon, Chairman, Humanities Division,
University of Illinois
Mr. William H. Moon, Editor, Galesburg Labor News
Hon. Kenneth Peel, State Representative, 43rd Senatorial
District
Mr. Joseph c. Penn, Assistant to Superintendent of Public
Instruction, State of Illinois
Mr. Ralph Sabetti, Personnel Manager, Gale Products Com
pany
Mrs. Carl Schmiedeskamp, Member, Illinois Interracial Com-
mission [Commission]
Dr. John Stipp, Associate Professor of History, Knox College
Dr. Harold E. Way, Vice President , Knox College
Dr. Lyle Wilhite, Chairman, Department of Economics, Knox
Colleqe
Mr. William M. Williams, Employment Representative, Department
of Public Instruction, State of Illinois


ILLINOIS INTERRACIAL COMMISSION
19 South LaSalle Street - Suite 1213
Chicago 3, Illinois

February 2, 1948
Dear Citizen:

You are cordially invited to attend the
Galesburg Community Conference on Civil
Rights, which will be held in Galesburg, Illinois,
Thursday, February 12, 1948. Attached is a
program and schedule of activities for the day.

This Conference is the result of the co-
operative efforts of community organizations
and leaders who are concerned about the rela-
tionship of civil rights to Illinois communities.
We sincerely hope you will attend. Should your
scheduled activities limit your personal parti-
cipation, please send a representative.

Luncheon and dinner reservations may be
made by calling the office of the Central
Congregational Church, if one of the self-
addressed reply cards is not accessible to you.

Your prompt attention will make possible
an adequite service for all.
Cordially yours,

J. Howell Atwood
Conference Chairman

A. Leon Bailey
Conference Director
Physical Description1 sheet 8 x 11 in. tri-folded
FilenameCivil_Rights_Conference_program_1948.pdf
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