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INSTITUTE ON RACE RELATIONS PROGRESS NOTES & COMING EVENTS Number 2 January, 1944 SMITH, RUSTIN TO LEAD CONFERENCES The revitalized, reorganized, revitaminized program of the Institute on Race Relations will begin this Saturday (Jan. 15) with a talk by J. Holmes Smith of New York. The meeting will take place at the Lucy Slowe Dormitory, 3rd and U Streets, N.W., and will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Mr. Smith, formerly a missionary to India, now lives and works at the Harlem Ashram in New York, which is patterned after the Ghandi ashrams of India. Residents of the Harlem Ashram work with the underprivileged colored people of that section. Mr. Smith is also chairman of the Non-Violent Direct Action Committee of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. For a long time, J. Holmes Smith has been an active advocate for Indian freedom. Recently, he has done a great deal of research on Puerto Rico, a United States possession in the West Indies. He has uncovered evidence of our gross mismanagement of that island and of our mistreatment of Puerto Rican Nationalist Leader Campos. Pearl Buck, authoress, and the New York newspaper, PM, have become interested in exposing conditions on that island. On Saturday, Dr. Smith will speak briefly to the IRR meeting about India and Puerto Rico, and will mention plans for observing Indian Independence Day on January 26. This meeting will be open to the general public. Next Tuesday (Jan. 18), Dr. Smith will discuss non-violent direct action with a smaller group of people who are active in or interested in this phase of IRR work. The discussion will begin at 8 p.m. at 1734 F Street, N.W. Rustin Here 5th, 26th, 27th Bayard Rustin, Race Relations secretary of the Fellowship of Reconciliation and participant in many non-violent direct action experiments, will lead a three-day conference on January 25, 26 and 27, for IRR member and friends. The conference will be held at the Asbury Methodist Church on 11th and K Streets, N.W. Mr. Rustin and Washington leaders will direct discussions on various phases of IRR work from 4 to 5:30 p.m. each afternoon of the conference. Light suppers will be served in the evenings from 6 to 7. Meditation periods led by ministers of Washington churches will be held from 7 to 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, Mr. Rustin will lead discussions on the non-violent projects undertaken and planned by the IRR. These discussions will be open to members who have been doing this type of work, and to individuals who are definitely planning to become active in non-violent direct action. Tho work we have already done will be evaluated and the mistakes and successes carefully analized. The Thursday evening session will be open to the general public. Mr. Rustin will speak this time on the need for the techniques of non-violent action. Further details of this conference will be announced soon.
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