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Rev. Eugene Carson Blake
President of the National Council of Churches USA, 1954-1957

General Secretary, World Council of Churches, 1966-1974


"We cannot remain silent on Viet Nam. We should remember that whatever victory there may be possible, it will have a racial stigma…. It will always be the case of a predominantly white power killing an Asian nation. We are interested in peace, not just for Christians but for the whole of humanity."

– Eugene Carson Blake

Eugene Carson Blake, sixth from left (in collar), in a meeting with civil rights workers in the White House, August 28, 1963.

Secretary of Labor Willard Wirtz, Mathew Ahmann, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lewis, Rabbi Joachin Prinz, Rev. Eugene Carson Blake, A. Philip Randolph, President Kennedy, Vice President Johnson, Walter Ruether, Whitney Young, Floyd McKissick. (John F. Kennedy Library)

When Blake was president:

■ Segregation ruled illegal in the U.S.

Disneyland opens

James Dean killed in a car crash

McDonald's formed

Rose Parks refuses to give up a
        seat on the bus

Elvis appears on Ed Sullivan

Hungarian Revolution

Suez Crisis

TV remote control is invented

Velcro introduced.

Eugene Carson Blake




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