bMS 1148

Unitarian Universalist Association, Commission on Religion and Race. Records, 1968-1969

Summary Information:

Call Number: bMS 1148
Title: Unitarian Universalist Association, Commission on Religion and Race. Records, 1968-1969.
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 Homer Jack, who was director of the Department of Social Responsibility for the UUA in the late 1960s. Jack was the staff liaison between the Commission on Religion and Race and the Unitarian Universalist Black Caucus. This Commission sponsored the Emergency Conference on the Black Rebellion in New York City in October, 1967, which is where the UU Black Caucus emerged. Many of the records in this collection deal with the organization of the Emergency Conference, and people's responses to it after it ended. The collection includes drafts of statements about the Black Caucus, financial records, FULLBAC material, sermons, and papers dealing with the formation of the Black Affairs Council.

Note: See related collections bMS 1011, bms 1146, bms 531, bMS 15027, and bMS 1144.

Container List:

Box 1
Apartheid and Banks
BAC General (1-2)
BAWA 1969
Black Rebellion Conference--Administration (1-2)
Black Rebellion Conference October 9-Nov. 12

Box 2
Black Rebellion Conference November 13
Black/White Task Force 1968
Board and Administration
BUUC 1968
BUUC/BAC 1968-1969

Box 3
Church Resolutions
Commission for Action On Race
Division Race Relations 1968-1969
FULLBAC 1968-1969
FULLBAC--Post Cleveland (1-3)

Box 4
Negro Rebellion
Personal Correspondence
Social Responsibility--Apartheid Briefings
Social Responsibility--Black Manifesto (1-2)
Social Responsibility--Seminar on White Relations
Task Force on White Racism, 1968
X-Change 1969
White Racism 1968-1969