Reinhold Niebuhr Timeline: Appointed chair of Detroit's Interracial Committee

Reinhold Niebuhr Timeline: Appointed chair of Detroit's Interracial Committee

Correspondence from John Dancy

Detroit Urban League
The Social Service Among Negroes
1911 St. Antoine St., Detroit, Mich.
Telephone cherry 1325

Director
John C. Dancy

April 30, 1928.

Rev. Reinhold Niebuhr,
2726 Lathrop Ave.,
Detroit, Mich.

My dear Rev. Niebuhr:-

Through the columns of the daily papers I am apprised
of your taking leave from Detroit to enter the teaching
field in another city.

Had this news come mentioning some other minister it
would perhaps have occasioned no earthly syllable from
me, but in your case that is something else again.

I do not speak for myself only, I feel that I am express-
ing the feelings and the sentiments of the great majority
of Negroes in Detroit, when I say that there is genuine
regret in the minds of the colored group of this city
at your leave taking.

There are many of us still mindful of your usefulness
in trying to do those things which would mean for better
understanding and better relationships between the races
in the city of Detroit. To have you go without an
expression of our appreciation of your services would be
rank ingratitude.

I hope that in your new field that the same success
will come to you as have attended your endeavors in
Detroit.

With kindest regards,
I am sincerely,
John C. Dancy
John C. Dancy.

Reinhold Niebuhr Papers: Library of Congress, Manuscript Reading Room

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