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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION for the ADVANCEMENT of COLORED PEOPLE 62nd ANNIVERSARY CONVENTION Leamington Hotel Minneapolis, Minn. July 5-9, 1971 [[image - black & white photograph of Roy Wilkins and Whitney M. Young, Jr.]] [[caption]] Tangible evidence of the spirit of cooperation between the NAACP and the National Urban League: Roy Wilkins presents Whitney M. Young, Jr., with the latter's NAACP Life Membership plaque. Mr. Young purchased his life membership during a national NAACP membership campaign. (Layne photo) [[/caption]] A National Committee for Commitment to Brotherhood will be formed by the National Conference of Christians and Jews, to obtain support for the National Urban League, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, in a concerted attack racism and polarization across the country. The Committee under the co-chairmanship of Mr. William T. Gossett, former vice-president and general counsel of Ford Motor Company, and Mrs. Gossett, will organize local groups across the country to foster public support, involvement and cooperation for the three organizations, for the sake of peaceful change. "We can continue to move in the direction of polarization, or we can make an effort to restore a feeling of respect and compassion for each other," said NCCJ President Sterling W. Brown in a November 24th press conference announcing plans for the year-long project, which will begin during Brotherhood Week in February of 1971. League Executive Director, Whitney M. Young, Jr., said the project "moves away from the missionary concept. Black people have always thought that white people wanted to work for, not with Black people. The thing to do is give us the tools and we'll do the job." Mr. Young added that in addition to technical, and financial assistance, whites could "work on white racism" by talking to groups who would not necessarily invite Blacks to address them.
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