Chicago Conference on Religion and Race collection
MSCCRR68

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Chicago Conference on Religion and Race (1963 : Chicago, Ill.).
Title
Chicago Conference on Religion and Race collection
ID
MSCCRR68
Date [inclusive]
1962-1967
Extent
0.25 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
The Chicago Conference on Religion and Race was formed immediately following the National Conference on Race and Religion in January 1963. The National Conference was the first of its kind, and attracted over 700 clergy members who represented over 60 denominations from across the country. The collection highlights both the National Conference on Religion and Race as well as the Chicago Conference on Religion and Race.

Preferred Citation

Chicago Conference on Religion and Race collection, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Administrative History

The Chicago Conference on Religion and Race was formed immediately following the National Conference on Race and Religion in January 1963. The National Conference was the first of its kind, and attracted over 700 clergy members who represented over 60 denominations from across the country. Upon the close of the conference, the executive subcommittee of the host committee formed the leadership of the Chicago organization, continuing to represent a diverse faith base including protestant, Catholic, and Jewish clergy and bringing the energy and initiatives of the conference into Chicago's social services community.

The National Conference took place in Chicago over a four day period, and sought to provide a forum for religious leaders to speak frankly about and mobilize their communities over radial segregation and inequality. Breakout sessions covered a variety of issues related to the religious community and racial experience, and concluded with an address by Dr. Martin Luther King.

The Chicago Conference picked up the torch and implemented a variety of the recommendations that came out of the conference, specifically on the topics of housing and employment. By continuing to build upon the interfaith coalitions formed in 1963, the Chicago Conference formed housing information centers to distribute listings of houses and apartments in a non-discriminatory manner, facilitated seminars on open housing for suburban clergy, and operated job finding and employement training programs. The Conference remained active into the 1970's.

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Scope and Contents

The collection highlights both the National Conference on Religion and Race as well as the Chicago Conference on Religion and Race. Researchers should be advised that the collection is quite small and only provides a minimal overview of the work of this organization.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives November 2004

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

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Related Materials

Related Material

Related materials providing both visual documentation and a more complete record of this organization's work can be found in the following collection and repository: Chicago Conference on Religion and Race, Photograph Collection and Manuscript Collection, Chicago Historical Society.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Chicago Conference on Religion and Race (1963 : Chicago, Ill.). -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • African Americans -- Civil rights.
  • Chicago African American History.
  • Chicago Community Organizations.
  • Chicago Political and Civic Life.
  • Interdenominational cooperation -- Illinois -- Chicago.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Chicago Conference on Religion and Race 

Box Folder

Central Housing Center, 1966-1967 

1 1

National Conference on Religion and Race, 1963 

1 2

Press Coverage and Article Reprints, 1962-1966 

1 3

Chicago Conference on Race and Religion - Purpose and Objectives, 1966 

1 4

Tri-Faith Employment Project - Press Coverage and Objectives, 1966-1967 

1 5

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