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Carolina Story: Virtual Museum of University History

Southern Conference for Human Welfare

Frank Porter Graham and Eleanor Roosevelt

In 1938, the Southern Conference for Human Welfare brought together black and white reformers from across the South for the first time. The conference organizers selected university president Frank Porter Graham as their keynote speaker and head of the organization. He chose "equal and exact justice to all" as the theme of his address. Some state residents criticized Graham for addressing an audience that included African Americans and members of the Communist Party.