Race: The Circumstantial Influence of UUism on U.S. Policy

As they did during the 19th century debate over slavery Unitarian and Universalist politicians in the 1960s played important, but by no means exclusively progressive, roles in Civil Rights legislation. It can be argued that as, or more important, were that organizations that lobbied for change like the National Association for the Advancement of Color People an organization which Unitarians helped to found. Another influence is serendipity, but for it to work one must show up as James Reeb did. With the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom just passed and the anniversary of Selma approaching this talk will look at UU involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and legislation.