Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst, 6320 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221  716-634-3010

Social Justice In The 60’s and 70’s

In 1963, the UUCA hosted an all-day conference on the inner city in conjunction with Citizens Council on Human Relations (CCHR), a community-based organization concerned with race relations.  Rock Ledge Day Camp, a multi-racial camp for suburban and inner-city, children was organized in 1966 and continued through 1975.  From 1967-1970, the Social Concerns committee and Lincoln Memorial Methodist Church in Buffalo ran a nursery school at Lincoln with support services for mothers of young children.  The Country Day Nursery School (1968-1976) was created and operated by members of this church to provide an integrated Nursery school experience for suburban and inner-city children.   Also in 1969, the UUCA and the UU Church of Buffalo organized a chapter of Black And White Action focused on producing as response to institutional racism especially through the Arts.  This led to the Black and White Arts Festival, a series of six programs aimed at reducing racial tension by showcasing professional (primarily Black) artists and dramatizing the Black contribution to American culture.