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Herbert Daughtry Global Ministries on the Occasion of the 40th Anniversary Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee

Herbert Daughtry Global Ministries on the Occasion of the 40th Anniversary Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee

 By Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry Sr.

Honorable Sirs and Madams,

As Emeritus National Presiding Prelate of the House of the Lord Churches and Chairman of the National Black United Front and at the present Founding President of the Herbert Daughtry Global Ministries, with profound praise, appreciation and gratitude. I wish to convey our congratulations to the Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee (HNPC) on their 40th Anniversary.

For four decades you have not faltered nor failed to fulfill the vision of your founders, Louise Franklin- Ramirez and Josephine Butler: “let us work unceasingly to establish a just peace to oppose militarism, and to completely dismantle all nuclear weapons, that the world’s children will be free of the threat of nuclear war and share and enjoy the beneficent and bountiful future.”

 Let me say at this point we, The Herbert Daughtry Global Ministries share the vision of your founders. We work, advocate, and pray for a world in which all enjoy freedom, justice and equality where there is quality education, health services and meaningful employment for all in a world of sustainable energy, nuclear disarmament and peace between nations and individuals.

 The world is indebted to you for all that you have done and are doing. I tremble to think where we humans would be —  if we would be at all— if there had been no Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee and likeminded organizations and individuals who have been in the struggle for lo these many years, and have declared they will be in the struggle until the end.

Especially with all the emphasis I can command, on behalf of the Third World Progressive Committee, we owe you and we are deeply indebted to the Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee.

In 1981/82 when world leaders were convening in a great global demand for the disarmament of nuclear weapons, there were powerful racists who sought to block the participation of the National Black United Front which I headed at the time. But, because we had secured the permit for the sites that they wished to hold their demonstrations they were forced to deal with us.

We expanded our original group to include all so-called “third world people”. We named the group the Third World Progressive Committee and commenced the hard work of deepening and increasing our coalition. We became an integral part of the Internal Leadership of the Disarmament Committee. We demanded and received ⅓ of all the Disarmament Committee activities. ⅓ of progressive people participated in the program and ⅓ of the budget for promotion and other expenses.

I called John Steinbach and asked him to arrange a meeting for me to speak to the Washington D.C area HNPC. To the eternal credit of John, he effectuated my request.

 We journeyed to Washington, D.C. I spoke to the members of the HNPC. I gave them an update on what was happening in the International Disarmament Committee and how we were organizing. The HNPC wholeheartedly endorsed our efforts and became members of a Third World Progressive Committee and helped us in our organizing work.

For the event, on June 12, 1982 they brought three bus loads to New York. The event will always be remembered as the greatest peace disarmament rally ever held. Over one million people from across the world came to New York for the nuclear disarmament rallies and demonstrations.

I spoke twice, first in front of the United Nations then we marched to Central Park where we continued the rally. And again I was asked to address the rally.


May God bless our efforts and allow us to see the day in the words of the Holy Scriptures of the Christian faith.

“God shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” Isaiah 2:4

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