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Several student organizations this past week have joined in an effort to rally college support behind participation in the national Civil Rights movement.
The Civil Rights Committee, the Student Senate, and the TRIANGLE Editorial Board have pledged their support and leadership to the "Emergency Fund for Freedom."
This fund, colected and administered by the Presbyterian Church, aids projects that will accerelate the growth of racial equality in the United States and abroad.
Last May the Presbyterian General Assembly created the United Presbyterian Commission on Religion and Race and appropriated $500,000 for its work over a three year period. This commission is now in operation with a full-time staff.
Soon after its inception the Commission recognized the necessity of raising a much greater amount of money. In response to this need the Presbyterian General Assembly created the Emergency Fund.
Feb. 9 has been designated Race Relations Sunday and on this date a special nation-wide offering will be taken to aid in the Civil Rights program.
Rev. William Clemenson, minister of the Hanover Presbyterian Church, reports that the creation of this commission and the adoption of the special offering marks a significant and unique move by the Presbyterian Church.
The college organizations already backing this fund have asked other campus groups to join in support of the project. This week organizational leaders are to formulate a means of taking a separate collection on campus. This will give all students and faculty the opportunity to share in the project.
The "Emergency Fund for Freedom" is used (1) to help United Presbyterian ministers whose congregations refuse to support them because of their activities in the racial crisis (2) legal aid for persons unjustly arrested and jailed because of participation in peaceful protest and public demonstrations.
Other uses include (3) financial support for voter registration and educational programs (4) scholarship aid for Negro children in culturally deprived areas and for Negro youth entering the United Presbyterian ministry.
Further provisions are (5) aid to victims of racial injustice in Southern Africa and other critical areas (6) funds to meet unforseeable future emergencies in America's racial crisis.
On advocating a strong and vigorous stand on Civil Rights the United Presbyterian Commission states that it "does not encourage civil disobedience and street demonstrations simply for the sake of creating civil strife."
"There are, nevertheless, test cases, occasions for symbolic acts and situations of extreme urgency in this struggle when the Christian, with a heavy heart and with a willingness to suffer, must obey God rather than man in a non-violent witness against an unmitigated evil."