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Herald Tribune
Sunday April 21, 1946

The United Negro College Fund
In 1943 the United Negro College Fund was formed by twenty-seven accredited Negro institutions of higher learning joining together to raise money for their operating expenses. In 1944 $900,000 was subscribed and in 1945 more than a million dollars. This year's goal, with thirty-three participating colleges, is $1,300,000. 

In our judgment, Americans who contribute to this fund are not contributing to a charity but to their own well-being. There are in this country thirteen million Negroes, which means one in every ten Americans, and it is axiomatic that the state of so large a minority group affects the whole country. These colleges are attempting not just to improve the lot of Negroes by education but to bring them to a level of service to their own people in proportion that the of the white people to theirs - that is to say, enough doctors, lawyers, teachers and other professionally trained men and women.

In the relatively short space of time that Negroes have been in this county and in the still shorter time since they were emancipated, their gains have been remarkable and their integration into society notable. It is well less than a hundred years that they have been on their own here; they have contributed generously of their culture, of their service in war time, of their particular talents to the American way of life. But there is much still to be done. State and Federal laws can be of some assistance; however, in order to take full advantage of existing opportunities and to serve themselves and America better, they must be educated. The address of the United Negro College Fund is 38 East Fifty-seventh Street, New York 22.

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The New York Times


This year more than every we must see to it that our colleges are prepared to carry a maximum load of work, and ready to do it well. One group of colleges deserves special attention in this respect: the institutions that devote themselves to education of the Negro. Under the leadership of the United Negro College Fund thirty-three of these private colleges are beginning a campaign for $1,300,000. John D. Rockefeller Jr. is chairman of the advisory committee for this third annual fund drive, and a number of other prominent men and women have interested themselves in the cause. 

The need for full subscription is more pressing this year because of the unusual burden thrown on all educational facilities by the returning veteran. The Negro played an important, and often heroic, part in the war. He shared the mud, the danger, the sweat and the tears. Now he has the right to continue his interrupted education if he wants to do so. Many college doors will be closed to him, and to others regardless of race, color or creed, simply because there are too many returning veterans to be cared for at once in the colleges of their choice. But we cannot allow these thirty-three Negro private colleges to turn away any applicant because they lack funds, or to curtail their programs because of it. 

The educated Negro was once a rarity. His numbers are increasing year by year, and his contributions to the arts, science and education steadily gain a wider and juster recognition for his abilities. From these we all gain, regardless of color. And, as we mutually put a proper, unprejudiced estimate on the contributions of all races to the common good, we move surely closer to the goal of living together in harmony. 
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