November 25, 1974
In the wake of racial violence this year, good news in the area of race relations often has gone by without notice. One item that might have gotten lost was the 10,000 mile “Pilgrimage of Hope” undertaken by over 700 members of the California-based Peoples Temple Christian Church. The racially-integrated group, formed and headed by Rev. Jim V. Jones, is determined to make a stand for the survival of traditional American values of freedom, justice, and equality for all. Visiting ten major cities, as well as the nation’s Capitol, where they met with their district’s Congressman, the Temple’s caravan of buses carried people from 3 to 100 years old, whose spirit of brotherhood, co-operation, and good-will showed America’s better side in an era of growing social tensions.