bMS 1144

Unitarian Universalist Association, Black Affairs Council. Records, 1958-1983

Summary Information:

Call Number: bMS 1144
Title: Unitarian Universalist Association, Black Affairs Council. Records, 1958-1983.
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School,
45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138-1911
Quantity: 12  boxes 

Administrative Information:

Access: There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Historical Information:

Immediately after the racial violence in Newark and Detroit in the summer of 1967, the Unitarian Universalist Commission on Religion and Race convened an emergency conference on "the Unitarian Universalist Response to the Black Rebellion." This conference was held in New York in October, 1967. The chief event of the 1967 conference was the formation of the Black Unitarian Universalist Caucus (BUUC), which was an attempt on the part of the black participants in the conference to set their own priorities and goals. This Caucus led to the formation of the Black Affairs Council (BAC), a committee which served as a coordinating agency for Unitarian Universalist efforts in the fields of race relations and black empowerment. FULLBAC (Full Recognition and Funding of the Black Affairs Council) was a white support group formed in 1968 which supported the full funding of the Black Affairs Council. Some Unitarian Universalists felt that the direction of the Black Affairs Council was too separatist, and a group called Black and White Action (BAWA) was formed in 1968 to provide a channel for the efforts of some Unitarian Universalists to achieve racial justice through more integrated means. Note: See film made about this controversy entitled "Wilderness Journey, The Struggle for Black Empowerment and Racial Justice within the Unitarian Universalist Association, 1967-1970," VHS created by Ron Cordes, 2003, in bMS 15027.

Scope and Content:

This collection consists largely of  the records of the Black Affairs Council (BAC), and the Black Unitarian Universalist Caucus (BUUC).  All of these records are related to the black empowerment controversy in the UUA in the late 1960s. A number of the records in the collection are concerned with a legal case, the Black Unitarian Universalist Caucus, Inc. et al v. Richard L. Traylor, et al. The thrust of this suit was to challenge the validity of the actions taken at a meeting held in Philadelphia in February, 1973, which purported to change the name of the Black Unitarian Universalist Caucus to Black Humanist Fellowship; to eliminate the reference to Unitarian Universalism in the constitution, and in general to change the character of the organization from one which was distinctly Unitarian Universalist to one which appeared to be a new and separate black denomination. 

Note: See related collections bMS 1011, bms 1146, bms 531, bms 15027, and bMS 1148.

Container List:

Note: Unless otherwise noted, the records in this collection relate to the Black Affairs Council and the Black Unitarian Universalist Caucus. The collection number is bMS 1144, the number after the slash is the box number, and the number in parentheses is the folder number.

  • bMS 1144/1 (1) Administrative Subject Files
  • bMS 1144/1 (2) 1958-1973
  • bMS 1144/1 (3) 1968
  • bMS 1144/1 (4) 1968-1969
  • bMS 1144/1 (5) 1969
  • bMS 1144/1 (6) 1971
  • bMS 1144/1 (7) 1972
  • bMS 1144/1 (8) 1973
  • bMS 1144/1 (9) 1975
  • bMS 1144/1 (10) 1980-1983
  • bMS 1144/1 (11) All Soul's Church (GWA), 1970-1972
  • bMS 1144/1 (12) Annual Report, 1969-1970
  • bMS 1144/2 (1) Annual Reports to BUUC, 1970
  • bMS 1144/2 (2) Basic Venture Capital Corporation, By-laws, etc. 1976
  • bMS 1144/2 (3) Basic Venture Capital Corporation-Small Business License Application, 1972
  • bMS 1144/2 (4) BACground, 1971-1972
  • bMS 1144/2 (5) BACBonds, 1970-1973
  • bMS 1144/2 (6) BACBonds, 1970-1973
  • bMS 1144/2 (7) BAC Action Council - Incorporation Records, 1970-1973
  • bMS 1144/2 (8) BAC Action Council - Bylaws, 1970
  • bMS 1144/2 (9) Black Humanist Fellowship, Covenant 1968
  • bMS 1144/2 (10-15) Black Investment Corporation (BIC), (6 folders)
  • bMS 1144/3 (1) Black Investment Corporation (BIC), outstanding bonds
  • bMS 1144/3 (2) BIC, Proposal to the Racial Justice Fund Committee - UUBIC
  • bMS 1144/3 (3) BIC, Purchase of Chatham Grove Apartments, Inc.
  • bMS 1144/3 (4) Black Unitarian Universalist Caucus (BUUC)
  • bMS 1144/3 (5) BUUC Vine, 1970-1971
  • bMS 1144/3 (6) BUUC Directories Committee
  • bMS 1144/3 (7-8) "The BUUC/BAC Experience in the UUA," draft, October, 1982, by Bonnie Stauffacher
  • bMS 1144/3 (9) BUUC Constitution, 1969
  • bMS 1144/3 (10)BUUC Directory National Local
  • bMS 1144/3 (11)BUUC general
  • bMS 1144/3 (12-17)BUUC/Greater Washington Area (GWA)
  • bMS 1144/4 (1)BUUC/GWA
  • bMS 1144/4 (1a) BUUC/GWA meeting minutes, 1969-1970
  • bMS 1144/4 (2)BUUC + BAC Meeting, February 23-25, 1973
  • bMS 1144/4 (3)BUUC National Conference, 1969-1970
  • bMS 1144/4 (4)BUUC National Steering Committee, 1971-1972
  • bMS 1144/4 (5) Black Unitarians for Radical Reform (BURR)
  • bMS 1144/4 (6) BURR (SoBURR)1969-1970
  • bMS 1144/4 (7) By-Laws
  • bMS 1144/4 (8-9) Center for Black Education
  • bMS 1144/4 (10) Cleveland, 1968
  • bMS 1144/4 (11) Commission on Appraisal, 1970
  • bMS 1144/4 (12) Commission on Appraisal
  • bms 1144/5 (1-2) Commission on Appraisal, "Empowerment and Dissent Within the UUA" by Dalmas Taylor
  • bms 1144/5 (3-4) Commission on Appraisal, "Empowerment" draft, 1983
  • bms 1144/5 (5) Commission on Appraisal, Minutes, 1983 and drafts of statements.
  • bms 1144/5 (6) Commission on Religion and Race, UUA, May 1964
  • bms 1144/5 (7) Community Services
  • bms 1144/5 (8) Congressional Black Caucus
  • bms 1144/5 (9) Correspondence, BUUC/BAC, 1970
  • bms 1144/5(10) Directory, Listing of UU/BAC 1969
  • bms 1144/6(1-2) Dissaffiliation from the UUA, BAC and UUA, 1970-1972
  • bms 1144/6 (3) Dubois, W.E.B. Center, proposal, 1972
  • bms 1144/6 (4) Dupont -- Wilmington, Delaware
  • bms 1144/6 (5) Empowerment Fund
  • bms 1144/6(6-9)Fellowship for Renewal
  • bms 1144/6(10-11)Financial records, 1968-1972
  • bms 1144/6(12)Financial report, 1969-1970
  • bms 1144/7 (1) FOCUS ON,
  • bms 1144/7 (2) Fund proposals
  • bms 1144/7 (3) Funding, 19970-1973
  • bms 1144/7 (4) General Assembly, 1969-1971
  • bms 1144/7 (5) General Assembly strategy
  • bms 1144/7 (6) Inter-Religious Foundation for Community Organization, Inc., By-laws
  • bms 1144/7 (7) Meeting minutes, 1971-1979
  • bms 1144/7 (8) Miscellaneous
  • bms 1144/7 (9) National Program for Educational Leadership
  • bms 1144/7 (10)Newsclippings, 1968
  • bms 1144/7 (11)Oakland Conference, March 30, 1968
  • bms 1144/7 (12)Pacific Southwest District (PSD), annual meeting, 1969
  • bms 1144/7 (13)PSD, Project Equality
  • bms 1144/7 (14)Press releases, 1970
  • bms 1144/7 (15)Programs receiving financial assistance from the Black Affairs Council, 1969-1970
  • bms 1144/7 (16)"Project Change" 1969
  • bms 1144/7 (17) Project Democracy UUA, 1969-1970
  • bms 1144/8 (1-4) Proposals, 1972
  • bms 1144/8 (5) Racism in Education (Gothard)
  • bms 1144/8 (6) Resolutions, BUUC, national
  • bms 1144/8 (7) Social Concerns Council, 1967
  • bms 1144/8 (8) Support groups, non-UUA
  • bms 1144/8 (9) Support groups, UUA
  • bms 1144/8 (10)Survival Conference
  • bms 1144/9 (1) Source Material, 1971-1972
  • bms 1144/9 (2) Support group steering committee
  • bms 1144/9 (3) Traylor, Richard L. "Toward a Common Understanding of Oppression," January 13, 1968
  • bms 1144/9 (4-8) Traylor: Black Unitarian Universalist Caucus, Inc. et al vs. Richard L. Traylor, et al, legal documents, 1973-1975
  • bms 1144/10 (1-6)Traylor: BUUC, et al. vs. Traylor, et al, legal documents, 1973-1975
  • bms 1144/11 (1-7) Traylor: BUUC, et al. vs. Traylor, et al, legal documents, 1973-1975
  • bms 1144/12 (1-4) Traylor: BUUC, et al. vs. Traylor, et al, legal documents, 1973-1975
  • bms 1144/12 (5) Unitarian Universalist Laymen's League, Respond, draft, 1967
  • bms 1144/12 (6) UULL, Respond, "Last Exit to Grosse Pointe" by Henry Hampton
  • bms 1144/12 (7) UULL, Respond, "On Rebellion" by Eliza Paschal
  • bms 1144/12 (8) UULL, Respond, "Reflections on the Black Caucus" by Robert E. Jones
  • bms 1144/12 (9) UUA Board of Trustees, correspondence, agendas, and minutes, 1968-1973

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