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LEADERSHIP
CONFERENCE
ON
CIVIL RIGHTS
ROY WILKINS, Chairman
ARNOLD ARONSON, Secretary
JOSEPH L. RAUH, JR., Counsel
CLARENCE M. MITCHELL, Legislative Cha irman
MARVIN CAPLAN , Director Wash i ngton Office
J. FRANCIS POHLHAUS, Speci al Consultant
.'
'
YVONNE PRICE, Executive Assistant
2027 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D. C. 20036 phone 667-1780
THE
LEADERSHIP
New York address: 20 West 40th St. , New York 10018, phone BRyant 9-1400
CONFERE N CE · ON
WHAT
I t S p e a ks F o r

IT
IS
AND
CIVIL
RIGHTS:
DOES
M i 11 i o .n s
In the las t 17 ye ars th e
on Civil Rights has becom e
a
L eade .rship C o n fere nce
u n iq ue s pok es ma n :
voice for 112 nation a l o rganiz a tio n s
gether to urge ne w c i v i l
when they pres s f o r
t he
when they jo i n t o -
ri g hts laws upon Con gre s s
and
s tr o ng erifo:rcement of exi sti ng l a ws .
Th e Co nference is a coalition of ma j or civi l
rights,
labor,
religi ou s ,
w ho se s t r eng t h lies in it s
civ i c
and fraterna l groups
unity o
Wh e n
the Conf e ren c e
c omes ou t in support of a p e n di ng bi l l or urges a
of act i on up on t h e
gover n m rant ll
co urse
it spea ks o n beh alf of
mil l ions of A mericans of all ra c e s
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creeds,
re ligions,
and ethnic grou ps and from all walks of life o
It s
P urpose
In it s
statement of pur pose ll
clares itself as
~'a v oluntary ll
the C onf eren ce de-
nonpartisan ass ociation
of autonomous national organizati o ns see king to advance
"Cooperat ion in the Common Cause of Civil Rights for All"
�PARTICIPATING ORGAI\JIZATIONS
AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
l~ l\T ONAL E c.AU TY CULTURISTS' LEAGUE, INC.
AFRICAN METHODIST EP ISCOPAL ZIO N CHURCH
~,AT O~",L CA I HOLIC CONFEREN CE FOR INT ERRACIAL JUSTICE
NI, T ld~;'IL Ch T1 1 J LIC SOCIAL ACTION CONFERENCE
ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INC.
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ALPHA PH I ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.
N
AMALGAMATED CLOTHING WORKERS OF AMERICA
TIO',Al C~l'· V L OF CATHOLIC WOMEN
/\MALGA MATED M EAT CUTTERS & BUTCHER WORKMEN
,,
AMER l.,AN CIVI L LIBERTIES UNION
, ~-'1/.l ~01, •~ IL OF CH URCHES-COMMISSION ON
Fi E.LI, ION e. R4CE
N ,TIONAl. COuNCI L OF JEWISH WOMEN
/\Ml:. RICAN ETHICAL UN ION
' AM ERICAN FEDERATION OF LABOR ORGAN IZATIONS
c,NITY RELATIONS ADVISORY COUNCIL
10·,;,L C ,L'l'CIL OF CATHOLIC MEN
CONGRESS OF INDUSTRIAL
i-lAflO~ ,L COLJ NCIL OF NEGRO WOMEN
NA1 IONi\l..COUNCIL OF PUERTO RICAN VOLUNTEERS, INC.
Al\1EfllCAN FEDERATION OF STATE COUNTY & MUNICIPAL EM PL OYEES
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AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS
N Ai .CN , L DENTAL ASSOCI ATION
AMERICAN JEWIS H COMM ITTEE
NA:!ONAl FA'lfo,lERS UN ION
AM ERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS
NATIO~ AL FEDERATION OF CATHOLIC COLLEGE STUDENTS
ATlvl\ \L CC U ', CI L OF SENIOR CITIZENS, INC.
A M ERICAN NEWSPAPER GUI LD
NATIQ;-.; ' '- H JtRAT ION OF SETTLEMENTS & NEIGHBORHOOD CENTERS
AMF.R ICAN VETERAN S COMMITTEE
I\AT1C'N"'L I- -DE RATION OF TEMPLE SISTERHOODS
AMER ICANS FOR DEMOCRATIC ACTION
NA 110'\AI .l [ V' ISH WELFARE BOARD
AN1I DEFAMATION LEAGUE OF B 'NAI B'RITH
N ,l1C•NAL 1i1 EUiCAL ASSOCIATION
N/,11r~,AL NEWMAN STU DENT FEDERATION
A . rHILIP RANDOLPH INSTITUTE
NA1 If NAL Nf:.VSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION
l3 1SHOP'S COMM ITTEE FOR T HE SPANISH SPEAKING
NA rit, t, AL ORGANIZATION FOR MEXICAN-AMERICAN SERVICES
B 'NAI B'RITH WOMEN
NI\T 10N L ORGAN IZATION FOR WOMEN
BROTHERHOOD OF SLEEPING CAR PORTERS
II/Al ICNAL SHARECROPPERS FUND
CHRI STIAN METHODIST EP ISCOPAL CHURCH
ChL,RCH OF THE BRETHREN - BRETHREN SERVICE COMMI SS ION
Cf•URC H WOMEN UNITED
O:V.EGA I- SI PHI FRATERNITY, INC.
C TIZENS LOBBY FOR FREEDOM & FAIR PLAY
l'h B l:.TA SIGMA FRATERNITY, INC.
COLLEGE YCS NATIONAL STAFF
PH I DEL TA KAPPA SORORITY
CONGRESS OF RAC IAL EQUALITY
PIOla EER WOMEN, AMERICAN AFFAIRS
r LL TA SIGMA THETA SOROR ITY
EP ISC OPAL CHURCH -
DIVISION OF CHRISTIAN CITIZENSHIP
PRE.SBYTERIAN INTERRACIAL COUNCIL
RE1A IL WHOLESALE & DEPARTMENT STORE UNION
EPISCOPAL SOCIETY FOR CULTURAL AND RACIAL UNITY
FRANCISCAN JURISDICTI ON OF THE THIRD ORDER OF ST. l"RANCIS
SOUTHERN BEAUTY CONGRESS, INC.
SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
FRONTIERS INTERNATIONAL
· TEXTILE WORKERS UNION OF AMER ICA
HADASSAH
TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION OF AMERICA
HOTEL AND RESTAURANT EMPLOYEES AND BARTENDER S
INTERNATIONAL UNION
UNION OF AMERICAN HEBREW CONGREGATIONS
IM PROVED BENEVOLENT & PROTECTIVE ORDER OF ELKS OF TH E YVOR LD
INDUSTRIAL UNION OEPARTMENT-AFL-CIO
INTERNATIONAL LADIES GARMENT WORKERS' UNION Of- AMER ICA
INTERNATIONAL UNION OF ELECTRICAL RADIO & MAChlNF vv'OR K ERS
UNITAR IAN UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION -COMMISSION ON RELIGION
& RACE
U NITARIAN UNIVERSALIST WOMEN'S FEDERATION
U N ITED AUTOMOBILE WORKERS OF AMERICA
UNITCD CHURCH OF CH HIST- COMM ITTEE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE NOW
IOTA PHI LAMBDA SORORITY, INC.
UN ITED CHURCH OF CHRIST-COUNCIL FOR CHRISTIAN SOCIAL ACTION
JAPANESE AM ERICAN CITIZENS LEAGUE
U N 1TED HEBREW TRADES
JEWISH LABOR COMMITTEE
U NIT ED PACKINGHOUSE, FOOD & ALLIED WORKERS
JEWISH WAR VETERANS
LABOR ZI ONI ST ORGANIZATION OF AMERICA
L EAG UE FOR INDUSTRIAL DEMOCRACY
LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA- BOARD OF SOCIAL M l ~; ISTRY
U NI TED PRESBYfERIAN CHURCH -
COMMISSION ON RELIGION & RACE
UNI TED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH -
OFFICE OF CHURCH & SOCIETY
UNITED RUBBER WORKERS
UNITED STATES NATIONAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION
MEDICAL COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF POSTAL & FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
A TIONAL URBAN LEAGUE
Nf. GRO AMERICAN LABOR COUNCIL
·
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORl:.[.J PEOPLE
NATI ONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGE WOMEN
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLORED WOMEN'S Cl. UBS, INC
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NEGRO BUSINESS & PROFESS IONAL
WOMEN 'S CLUBS, INC.
UNITED STATES YOUTH COUNCIL
UNITED STEELWORKERS OF AM ERICA
UNITED SYNAGOGUE OF AM ERICA
UNITED TRANSPORT SERVICE EMPLOYEES
UNIVERSITY CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT
WOMEN' S INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FOR PEACE & FREEDOM
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REAL ESTATE BROKERS, INC.
WORKERS DEFENSE LEAGUE
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS
WORKMEN 'S CIRCLI:.
NATIONAL BAPTIST CONVENTION, U. S. A.
YOUNG WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF THE USA
NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION
ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY
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civil rights for a,11 Americ ans through government action
at the national levelo
the
establishment and
By civil rights we mean not only
en :£orc e ment of rights in law,
f
but also the realization
social and
economic con-
ditions in which alone the £ul£illment of thes ·e
is possibleo
rights
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How the . Conference Beg an
(
The Leadersh ip C o n£ex enc e
was formed
in 1950
by national organiz ations whose l e aders felt that while
they often spoke and acted se parately,
occasions when they coul d
make a
there we r e
many
greater impact upon
official Washing t on a nd t h e genera l public if they joined together in suppoI't of spe cif i c
i ss ue s o
The Co n fer ence m ex ge d two existin g groups:
the National Counci l fo r
by A.
Ph ili p R andolph,
a
Permanent FEPC,
headed
and the National Em er g enc y
Civil Rights Mob ilization headed by Roy Wilk ins and
Arnold Aron son .
A ll three men c on tinue to play imp o r ..
tant r ol es in th G Co nfezence :
Mr.I_ Randolph is a
and Mro
M r .
member of the
W ilkins is Chair ma n,
Ex e c utive Commi ttee ,
Aronson is Secretary .
How the Conferenc e Grew
From the first ,
the Conference undertook to
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unite its groups behind sp e cific civil rights bills ..
it grew in numbers i t
g r ew in influenceo
The Conference
has coordinated all th e na ti onal campaigns fo r
civil rights billso
It s
series of civil ri ght s
19570
major
g r eate st s ucc e sses wer e the
l aw s
pass ed by Congr e ss
The mos t no t abl e la ws in t h i s
Rights _ Act of 196 4 a nd th e
s i n ce
g r oup w ere t he Civil
Vo ting Ri--g hts Act of 1965.
But the C o n f eren c e does not wo r k
laws to statute b oo ks ..
As
I t s org ani zati on s
ju st t o ad d
know la ws
are worth li t tle unless th e y are adequately en f orced.
It campaigns u n t ir in g ly f o r
existing prog r am s
a de qu a te fund s to k e ep
goin g a n d for a dequ a te e n forc e m e nt.
How the Co n f eren c e O perates
T he C on fe ren ce functio ns thr ou gh three main
Commi t te e s:
for t h e
the Executive Com m ittee which se t s policy
o rga n i zation ; the Legislative Co mmi ttee,
the C ha i rm a n ship of Cl aren ce Mitchell,
s t r a teg y f o r
u nder
which plans
pendi ng bills; and the Com mittee on C o m-
pliance and E n f orcement » under James Hamilton o f
the Nation a l Council of Chur c hes ,
which wo r ks to see
that the laws are ad mini stered str o ngly and effectively.
How the Conf erence Keeps Its Groups I n f o rme d
The Co n ference tries to keep in constant touch
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with its organizationso
It sends them regular MEMOs
that set forth the immediate legislative situation and
suggest what groups can do to help mobilize support
for a bill or a
of bills,
course of action.
pamphlets,
It publishes analyses
papers on what still needs to be
done to achieve full equalityo
Not Civil Rights Alone
Over the years the Confe re nce has b ro adened
its concernso
It realizes that the fight for full equality
and the War on Poverty are interconnected.
In ad -
dition to campaigning for civil rig hts bills it has also
worked for passage of an adequate minimum wage law· ;
for reapportioned state legislatures so that they represent more truly all the peo p l e in a
educational oppo rtun ity; for
adequate food di stribution
to the country's poor; for h om e
of Columbi a ; for
state; for broad
rule fo r
the Dist ri ct
s chool desegregation.
These are only a few of its campaign s .
The
Confere n ce remains t od ay f i rm in its belief that progress in civil rights is the co n cern of everyAmerican,
not the int erest of an y on e
groupo
It believes,
in Roy
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Wilkins•
words,
that "we are all tied together
that the fut u ·r e f o r
A m er ic a
mu s t b e
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and
an int e g r at e d fut u r e ;
a nation in which all men and women share equally in
its burdens and its benefitso
Its motto is
still:
"Cooperation in the Common Cause of Civil Rights for All"

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