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John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy’s Letter to the United Negro College Fund After His Great 1959 Speech There, Endorsing the Organization and Praising “the outstanding job the Fund is doing in the fields of education and human relations.” Letters of JFK on issues of race are incredibly uncommon. This is offered for sale for the first time
1504. 15/04/1959. Soon he would donate the proceeds he received for his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Profiles in Courage, to the FundThe United Negro College Fund (UNCF) was founded in 1944 by Frederick Patterson, President of the Tuskegee Institute, and Mary McLeod Bethune, an advisor to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Administration, to provide a steady, consistent stream of funding to 27 financially struggling small historically black colleges and universities scattered across the South. It also hoped to support access to higher education for impoverished African American students by ""an appeal to the national conscience."" Early UNCF supporters included President Roosevelt and John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who sat on the board until his death in 1960. The first annual fundraising effort generated $760,000, a sum that would be worth about $15 million today. In 1948 a young Martin Luther King, Jr., graduated from UNCF-member institution Morehouse College. But he did more than give it lip service; he donated his Pulitzer Prize proceeds from his prize-winning book, Profiles in Courage, to the UNCF.Then in 1959 the organization got a big boost when Massachusetts Senator (and future President) John F. Kennedy decided to get involved in a big way. He spoke to its national convocation that year, which was held in Indianapolis on April 12. In his stirring speech to that convocation in support of its goals, JFK stated: “So let us raise both our sights and our standards. One era in the history of our Negro colleges is coming to an end. But another is just beginning. It will require more … [Click Below for Full Description]
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