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College Presidents 'Take Over' City

United Negro College Fund Convocation
Rackham Memorial Hall Auditorium 
Woodward and Farnsworth, Detroit, Mich.

Monday Evening, 8:30 P.M. - October 8, 1951

Chester C. Beach, Chairman
U.N.C.F. 1951 Michigan State Committee

Rev. William B. Sperry
Detroit Council of Churches

Dr. F. D. Patterson
President, Tuskegee Institute, and founder and president of the United Negro College Fund

Camilla Williams, Soprano
"Oh Come, My Dearest"  Thomas Arne
"Un Bel Di" from "Madame Butterfly"  Puccini
"When I Bring to You Colored Toys"  Carpenter
"River Jordan" (Spiritual)  Lily Strickland
Borislav Bazala Accompanist

The Future of Liberal Education
[[obscured by clipping]]ARD, president of the 
[[...]]oration of New York



1951 marked another Patterson inovation - that of holding UNCF Board meetings in major campaign cities throughout the country to give old friends of the Fund the opportunity to meet with the member college presidents and to make new converts to the cause through a series of public events. Detroit was the scene of the first such convocation and the visiting presidents were literally given the keys to the city. UNCF Alumni started the ball rolling with a reception for the presidents - the city's churches, schools and club groups freatued them as guest speakers during their stay - the Detriot press, radio and TV stations gave them the "big news" treatment - a crowd of 1,000 Detroit residents attended the final event of the weekend, the public meeting, and somehow during it all, UNCF board business managed to get itself transacted! Since then, UNCF Board meetings have been held [[obscured by newspaper clipping]]hia, Pittsburgh, Chicago, San[[...]]d New York City. The New York [[...]] also marked the opening of the [[...]] New York City UNCF campaign for 1955. 

Clipping from 
Detroit Mich.
Michigan Chronicle
Oct 20 1951

[[Image - black and white photo of two women and two men]]

A GRACIOUS gesture toward hospitality was made by Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Baker whose home in Boston Boulevard was thrown open to the visiting presidents here for the [[underline]] U.N.C.F. [[/underline]] conclove. Prominent social and civic figures joined the visitors for an evening of Carlotta Franzel's divine music. 

From left: Mrs. Ba[[obscured by another clipping]] M. Ellison of Vir[[...]] eraldine Ellison [[...]] ho accompanied [[...]]

Circ. W. 62,850
OCT 27 1951

Dr. Patterson Addresses Group in Detroit

[[Image - black and white photo of Dr. F. D. Patterson speaking with a line of men sat behind him]]

Tuskegee Institute's president, Dr. F. D. Patterson, is shown speaking before 1,000 people at the United Negro College Fund's recent convocation at Rackham Memorial Hall Auditorium in Detroit, Mich.

Also on the podium, left to right, are President Richard V. Moore, Bethune-Cookman College; Chester C. Beach, 1951 Michigan State Committee chairman, UNFC; Charles Dollard, president, Carnegie Corporation of New York; Hollis F. Price, president, Lemoyne College.

Charles W. Jones, co-chairman, Michigan State Committee; James P. Brawley, president, Clark College; President A. W. Dent, Dillard University; James A. Colston, president, Knoxville College; Dr. J. M. Ellison, president, Virginia Union University, and President W. S. Strassner of Shaw University.

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