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A basic intro to this site can be found on the home page under “Welcome!” Below are a few additional notes:
Privileging of Black/White Aspect of Race Unity:
Obviously the issues of racial prejudice in the US are complex and multi-layered, and not simply “black and white.” Baha’u’llah tells us that prejudice in its various forms destroy the edifice of humanity.¹ Shoghi Effendi stated “the main object of the Bahá’í interracial work is to abolish prejudice against any and every race and minority group…”² At the same time he points out that racism against Black people “epitomize the feelings of color prejudice so rife in the United States.”³ As the Bahá’í community strives to promote unity and justice amongst all people, our Writings suggest that there is a special importance to the unity between Black and white people which has implications not only for the US, but for the world. This site focuses on the early history of race amity between whites and African Americans in the Faith, however it should be noted that all activities to promote race unity, particularly as the Faith has grown in the US, are inclusive of people from all ethnic and racial backgrounds.
I had a challenge of figuring out the best way to organize the information so that it made sense for viewing. I made date headings as well as general category headings, but many of the posts encompass several dates and categories. Every single page in this site is linked to one date on the right hand column, so by scrolling through those you can effectively see every post on the site.
All of the content on the site I gleaned from various sources that I made an effort to credit in each post. Special thanks to Christopher Buck (“Alain Locke; ‘Race Amity’ and the Bahá’í Faith””, and his book Alain Locke: Faith and Philosophy) Gwen Etter-Lewis Richard W. Thomas (Lights of the Spirit: Historical Portraits of Black Bahá’í in North America: 1898-2000), Gayle Morrison (To Move the World: Louis Gregory and the Advancement of Racial Unity in America), Tod Ewing (Toward Oneness: A Compilation on Racial and Cultural Issues) and the websites of the Bahá’í International Community and The US Bahá’í Website.
Need for Content:
I would still love to post more historic photos and additional significant information. If you have anything to share that might fit in with this site, please contact me at mishamay19 (at) gmail.com.
1. The Universal House of Justice, Messages from the UHJ 1968-73. pp 99-100
2.On Behalf of Shoghi Effendi, Baha’i News, no 188, 10/46, pp 3-4