First Race Unity Committee Founded

The National Spiritual Assembly founded the first Race Unity committee in 1939, a committee designed to support and assist in organizing race unity events across the country.  A five member committee, Dorothy Baker, a white woman, came to have an instrumental role in the committee’s affairs.   Historian Richard Thomas explains that “the committee stressed the role of education and culture, thereby giving parents recommendations for educating their children in the spirit of racial equality and encouraging all to acquaint themselves with African-American culture.”

Dorothy Baker

Dorothy Baker (R) and her daughter. Photo courtesy Eliot Baha'i Archives.

Source: Racial Unity: An Imperative for Social Progress by Richard W. Thomas


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