bMS 1146

Unitarian Universalist Association, FULLBAC (Full Recognition and Funding of the Black Affairs Council). Records, 1967-1971.

Summary Information:

  • Call Number: bMS 1146
  • Title: Unitarian Universalist Association, FULLBAC. Records, 1967-1971.
  • Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138-1911
  • Quantity: 4  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  FULLBAC, which stands for "full recognition and funding of the Black Affairs Council." FULLBAC was a white support group for the Black Affairs Council. It was established in 1968 in Philadelphia as an independent, continent-wide agency to advance the cause of black empowerment. Many of the records in this collection belonged to Reverend David B. Parke, one of the two original chairmen of the organization.

Note: See related collections bMS 1011, bms 1144, bms 531, bms 15027, and bMS 1148.

Container List:

Box 1

  • Ads ("UU World") 1971
  • Black Affairs Council (BAC)
  • BAC Support Group: Agenda and Minutes
  • BAC Support Group--Catechism
  • BAC Support Group--Minister's Letter
  • BAC Support Group--Miscellaneous
  • BAC Support Group--Postage/Phone
  • BACground
  • Black Empowerment
  • BUUC Materials, 1971
  • BUUC/BAC/FULLBAC/FFR/BAC Support Group History 1967
  • Chapters
  • Coalitions and Priorities-- BAC Support Group 1971
  • College (UWW) 1969-1970

Box 2

  • Commission on Appraisal 1971
  • Continental Leadership Team BAC Support Group 1971
  • Continental Renewal Conference 21-25 April -- Chicago
  • Correspondence
  • Extra Copies
  • Fellowship For Renewal (FFR) Misc. Memoranda (1-3)
  • Field Staff
  • FULLBAC 1968 (1-2)

Box 3

  • FULLBAC 1968 (3-4)
  • FULLBAC 1969-1970
  • FULLBAC 1970-1971
  • FULLBAC--Address Lists
  • FULLBAC--Corporation
  • FULLBAC--Correspondence (1-2)
  • FULLBAC--Development March 21-23, 1969
  • FULLBAC--Minutes

Box 4

  • FULLBAC--Miscellaneous (1-3)
  • FULLBAC--"Respond"
  • FULLBAC--White Racism Conference
  • FULLBAC/FFR/BAC Support Group
  • GA Delegate Lists 1971
  • GA Delegate Packets 1971
  • Gunning--UUA Correspondence, 1971
  • Higher Education--New Ways
  • Regional Efforts--BAC Support Group-- Spring 1971
  • Responses Receives To Our "Test" Mailing
  • Signatories to UU World
  • Stringfellow Address
  • UUA George W. Boyle Estate
  • White Racism (1-2)
  • Wilson, Harold