Christopher Stewart 
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Re: “Why Fannie Mae Duncan deserves recognition

Peace. As the archivist of FATHER DIVINE's Library & Museum at the Woodmont Estate in Gladwyne, PA, I write to correct the misperception that the Peace Mission Extensions and Enterprises were/are for any particular race. The teachings of the Peace Mission include the negation of racial thinking, and members foreswear the use of all racialized terms (including "white" and "black") to live and work together as integrated children of God. FATHER DIVINE regarded all such divisions as abominations, and the renunciation of racial thinking followed by practical integration are seen by the Peace Mission as essential to true Americanism and true religion. FATHER DIVINE was teaching these doctrines as early as 1912 (our earliest documentation), and during the 1930s, the Peace Mission became the largest and most successful economic cooperative in the history of the United States with more than 30,000 integrated members, leading the cause of integration wherever Extensions developed, especially in the northeastern US. Long before Freedom Riders or the counterculture of the 1960s, members of the Peace Mission were travelling across country in red, white and blue buses emblazoned with "PEACE, Out of One Blood GOD Made All People. There were Peace Mission Extensions throughout the United States and on every continent except Asia and Antarctica.

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Posted by Christopher Stewart on 10/05/2017 at 2:37 PM

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