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[[image - black & white photograph of auditorium of attendees and speaker of Ninth Annual Conference]] [[text accompanying photograph]] In 1947 THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF UNCF ALUMNI was launched with a meeting in Chicago attended by representatives of the Alumni Associations of colleges in the UNCF. The theme of the first conference was, "How the Alumni Can Best Serve the Member Colleges of the United Negro College Fund and the Cause of Education." The founding President James E. Stamps, a Fisk graduate, was the first co-chairman of the Chicago campaign for UNCF in 1944. Since the inception of the Fund, James Stamps has given devoted service to the UNCF both in his leadership among the alumni and in the annual campaigns. He has attend 8 of the 9 National UNCF alumni conferences held to date. Out of the first meeting in Chicago in 1947, has come a strong national body of UNCF alumni leaders and 32 Inter-Alumni Councils that have been established in key cities across the country to add strength and substance to alumni support for UNCF on the local level. Like the Fund itself, the National Council of UNCF alumni has set a pattern for the alumni of other private colleges holding membership in cooperative fund-raising groups. It has shown the way to secure unified alumni participation in state, regional or national fund-raising organizations supporting their individual Alma Maters. A full report of the first National Conference of UNCF alumni in Chicago is included. [[/text]] [[program cover]] Program Ninth Annual Conference NATIONAL COUNCIL OF UNCF ALUMNI AT BENEDICT COLLEGE COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA FEBRUARY 11 AND 12, 1955 Theme "THE ROLE OF UNCF ALUMNI IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF INTEGRATED EDUCATION" [[/program cover]]
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