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The Southern Conference for Human Welfare

Frank Porter Graham and Eleanor Roosevelt

In 1938, a group of southern liberals founded the Southern Conference for Human Welfare to bring black and white reformers from across the region together for the first time. The organizers asked Graham to be their keynote speaker and head of the organization. He selected the theme "equal and exact justice to all" for his address. The meeting generated criticism because it endorsed the end of racial segregation and included members of the Communist Party.