Fellowship Commission.

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The Fellowship Commission is the nation's oldest and largest private metropolitian human rights organization, serving the Philadelphia area since 1941. The agency fought against all forms of discrimination against minorities in areas of education, housing, politics and employment.

In 1941 through the joint efforts of the Philadelphia Anti-Defamation League (Later the Jewish Community Relations Council), Fellowship House, the Race Relations Department of the Philadelphia Federation of Churches (now the Metropolitan Christian Council), the Friends Committee on the Race Relations (of the Religious Society of Friends), the Fellowship Commission was formed.

The four original constituent agencies were joined by the Philadelphia branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the International Institute (Later renamed the Nationalities Service Center) in 1942, and by the Philadelphia Branch of the National conference of Christian and Jews in 1943. The Council for Job Opportunity (CEJO) became the eighth constituent organization in 1946, followed by the American Civil Liberties Union in 1952.

Agency achievements include: key participation in promoting the peaceful acceptance of Black workers into the company union during the Philadelphia Transit Company (now SEPTA) strike of 1944; the passage of an ordinance in 1948 to establish Philadelphia's Fair Employment Practices Commission; established the Pennsylvania Race Relations Commission (later renamed the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission; organized the Citizen's Council on Democratic Rights (Later to become the Philadelphia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union in 1952); participation in the opening of Community College of Philadelphia in 1965; and helped pass the Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Law in 1961.

In recent years the Fellowship Commission's efforts to protect the rights and opportunities of individuals include such projects as the drafting and enactment of Pennsylvania "Compensation for Innocent Victims of Violent Crime Act", lobbying for stricter handgun controls, assisting Southeast Asian refugees groups in forming their own self-help orgnizations; and developing strategies to help women and children in poverty.

From the description of Photographs, 1946-1985 (Inclusive Dates). (Temple University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 122543409

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associatedWith Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990. person
associatedWith Bunche, Ralph J. 1904-1971. person
associatedWith Chisholm, Shirley, 1924-2005. person
associatedWith Clark, Joseph S. person
associatedWith Clayton, Constance. person
associatedWith Dickens, Helen Octavia. person
associatedWith Driscoll, Alfred E., 1902- person
associatedWith Erving, Julius. person
associatedWith Fagan, Maurice B. person
associatedWith Flagg, Walter B. person
associatedWith Goode, W. Wilson. person
associatedWith Greenfield, Albert M., 1887-1967. person
associatedWith Hatcher, Richard, 1944- person
associatedWith Hersey, John, 1914-1993. person
associatedWith Heston, Charlton. person
associatedWith Hoffman, Paul G. 1891-1974. person
associatedWith Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967. person
associatedWith Humphrey, Hubert H. 1911-1978. person
associatedWith Javits, Jacob K. 1904-1986. person
associatedWith Kaye, Danny. person
associatedWith Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968. person
associatedWith Kerner, Otto, 1908-1976. person
associatedWith King, Coretta Scott, 1927-2006. person
associatedWith Longstreth, W. Thacher. person
associatedWith Louis, Joe, 1914-1981. person
associatedWith Michener, James A. 1907-1997. person
associatedWith Moore, Juanita, 1917- person
associatedWith Murrow, Edward R. person
associatedWith Penny, Marjorie. person
associatedWith Poitier, Sidney. person
associatedWith Randolph, A. Philip 1889-1979. person
associatedWith Rhodes, E. Washington. person
associatedWith Rizzo, Frank, 1920-1991. person
associatedWith Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962. person
associatedWith Rouse, Williard. person
associatedWith Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967. person
associatedWith Scranton, William Warren, 1917- person
associatedWith Sevareid, Eric, 1912-1992. person
associatedWith Vallée, Rudy, 1901-1986. person
associatedWith Walker, Alice, 1944- person
associatedWith Wallace, Mike, 1918- person
associatedWith Wilkins, Roy, 1901-1981. person
associatedWith Winters, Shelley. person
associatedWith X, Malcolm, 1925-1965. person
associatedWith Young, Whitney, Jr. person
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Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
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Civil rights
African Americans--Civil rights
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Active 1946

Active 1985

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