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Formation of the Federal Council of Churches, bringing together 32 Christian communions in Philadelphia with a focus on social reform.

May 1908
November 1950

US churches from the Federal Council of Churches join with other ecumenical bodies to establish the National Council of Churches in Cleveland, Ohio.

The General Board of the National Council of Churches creates a Commission on Religion and Race to address racial conflicts.

June 7, 1963
August 28, 1963

The NCC joins the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, demonstrating their involvement in the struggle for racial justice.

The Commission on Religion and Race supports the Black Freedom Movement, including voter registration efforts and political education.

March 7, 1965

The NCC responds to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s call and joins the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in support of the Voting Rights Act.

The NCC launches the A.C.T. NOW to End Racism initiative to combat entrenched racism, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.


The National Council of Churches continues its mission of visible unity and promoting justice, peace, and the healing of the world with its 37 member denominations.