1934 April 29

First Brotherhood Day; Endorsed by FDR


Brotherhood Day, launched on this day, was a project of the National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ), which was founded on December 8, 1927. President Franklin D. Roosevelt marked the occasion by calling for an end to prejudice.

Brotherhood Day eventually evolved into Brotherhood Week, which was celebrated from the 1940s through the 1980s. Beginning in the 1960s, some comedians began mocking “Brotherhood Week” because it suggested that you could be a bigot the other 51 weeks of the year. NCCJ continues today as the National Conference for Community and Justice (see below).

Watch comedian Tom Lehrer mock “National Brotherhood Week”:

Learn more about NCCJ today: http://www.nccj.org/

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