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Our appeal is addressed primarily to the
individual American, because the transformation of a whole nation ultimately depends on
the initiative and change of character of the individuals who compose it. No great idea or
plan of action by the government or other interested organizations can hope to succeed if
the individual neglects to respond in his or her own way as personal circumstances and
opportunities permit. And so we respectfully and urgently call upon our fellow Americans
of whatever background to look at the racial situation with new eyes and with a new
determination to lend effective support to the resolution of a problem that hinders the
advance of this great republic toward the full realization of its glorious destiny.
We mention the experience of the Bahá'í
community not from any feeling of pride and ultimate victory, because that which we have
accomplished still falls short of that to which we aspire; nonetheless, the results to
date are most encouraging, and it is as a means of encouragement that we call attention to
From its inception in 1863 the Bahá'í community was dedicated to the principle of the
unity of humankind. Bahá'ís rely upon faith in God, daily prayer, meditation, and study
of sacred texts to effect the transformation of character necessary for personal growth
and maturity; however, their aim is to create a world civilization that will in turn react
upon the character of the individual. Thus the concept of personal salvation is linked to
the salvation, security, and happiness of all the inhabitants of the earth and stems from
the Bahá'í belief that "the world of humanity is a composite
body" and that "when one part of the organism suffers all the rest of the body
will feel its consequence."
Guided and inspired by such principles, the
Bahá'í community has accumulated more than a century of experience in creating models of
unity that transcend race, culture, nationality, class, and the differences of sex and
religion, providing empirical evidence that humanity in all its diversity can live as a
unified global society. Bahá'ís see unity as the law of life; consequently, all
prejudices are perceived as diseases that threaten life. Rather than considering that the
unity of humankind can be established only after other problems afflicting it have been
solved, Bahá'ís believe that both spiritual and material development are dependent upon
love and unity. Therefore, the Bahá'ís offer the teachings of their Faith and the
example of their community for examination, convinced that these can make a contribution
toward the eradication of racism endemic in American society. We do so with firm faith in
the assistance of our Creator, Who, out of His infinite love, brought forth all humanity
from the same stock and intended that all belong to the same household. We believe,
moreover, that the day of the unification of the entire human race has come and that "The potentialities inherent in the station of man,the full measure
of his destiny on earth, the innate excellence of his reality, must all be manifested in
this promised Day of God."
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The National Spiritual Assembly of
the Bahá'ís of the United States is the national administrative body for the Bahá'ís
of the United States. The Assembly, has nine members and is elected annually by delegates
from the forty eight contiguous states. It directs, coordinates, and stimulates the
activities of local Bahá'í administrative bodies and of the 131,000 Bahá'ís in the
The Bahá'í Faith is an independent world religion with adherents in virtually every
country. The worldwide Bahá'í community, numbering more than five million, includes
almost all nationalities and classes. More than 2,100 ethnic groups and tribes are
represented. There are 165 National Spiritual Assemblies.
Bahá'u'lláh was the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá'í Faith.
The central principles of His religion are the oneness of God, the oneness of religion,
and the oneness of humanity. His religion "proclaims the necessity and the
inevitability of the unification of mankind.... It, moreover, enjoins upon its followers
the primary duty of an unfettered search after truth, condemns all manner of prejudice and
superstition, declares the purpose of religion to be the promotion of amity and concord,
proclaims its essential harmony with science, and recognizes it as the foremost agency for
the pacification and the orderly progress of human society. It unequivocally maintains the
principle of equal rights, opportunities and privileges for men and women, insists on
compulsory education, eliminates extremes of poverty and wealth, abolishes the institution
of priesthood, prohibits slavery, asceticism, mendicancy and monasticism, prescribes
monogamy, discourages divorce, emphasizes the necessity of strict obedience to one's
government, exalts any work performed in the spirit of service to the level of worship,
urges either the creation or the adoption of an auxiliary international language, and
delineates the outlines of those institutions that must establish and perpetuate the
general peace of mankind."
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