The American Jewish Committee and The Office of Black Ministry of the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, have come together with Xavier University to create this conference.

The American Jewish Committee, established in 1906 by a small group of American Jews deeply concerned about pogroms aimed at Russian Jews, determined that the best way to protect Jewish populations in danger would be to work towards a world in which all peoples were accorded respect and dignity. Over 100 years later, AJC continues its efforts to promote pluralistic and democratic societies where all minorities are protected. AJC is an international think tank and advocacy organization that attempts to identify trends and problems early - and take action. This program is hosted by ACCESS, New Generations Program and the Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Center for American Pluralism.

Established in 1976, the Office of Black Ministry (OBM) was created to address some of the unique spiritual, cultural and social needs of African American, African, and Caribbean American Catholics, as well as the larger Black Community. The Mission of the Office of the Black Ministry is to listen to and promote the aspirations of Black Catholics. To encourage self-reliance, cultural identity, economic freedom, and spiritual growth in the Black Community; and To work towards the eradication of racism and all forms of oppression within the Church and Society.

Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans is the only historically black, Catholic university in this country. Xavier was founded by a white women from Philadelphia (St. Katharine Drexel), to provide higher education for young Blacks; today it welcomes all people and serves a "community" that is broader than Black and Catholic. Since Hurricane Katrina, Xavier has been the site of the coming together of AJC and OBM in a unique and meaningful collaboration.

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