Please make time to read this fascinating account (attached) of one of the many challenges to Jim Crow America. Published in the March 1948 Oracle, the account chronicles the “Journey of Reconciliation” organized by Brother Bayard Rustin (civil and human rights activist), George Houser (white civil rights activist and co-founder of the Congress of Racial Equality), and the Fellowship of Reconciliation. The Journey of Reconciliation occurred over a two-week period in April of 1947, and was organized to test the desegregation of interstate travel following the 1946 Supreme Court decision in Irene Morgan vs. the Commonwealth of Virginia, which determined segregation of interstate passengers on motor carriers unconstitutional.
The organizers’ observations included themes about neutrality and apathy, the importance of women, “Negro” reaction” Uncle Tom reaction, the necessity of interracial group participation, and others that persist today. We hope you find this account as compelling as we did.
Make it a great week Brothers. Be noble!
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