Vol 81, No 11 (2020)


Cover Page

This month’s cover features Encampment for Citizenship (EFC)participants at a Brooklyn Dodgers baseball game circa 1956. In 1946, Algernon Black, Alice K. Pollitzer, and members of the American Ethical Union began an experiment in democratic living. EFC was a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian summer residential camp. Black and Pollitzer believed that societal change would come through education and the lived experience of self-governance in a racially diverse community. Through the years, EFC has adapted to changes in American society, while holding fast to its core mission to create a life-changing summer experience in democratic citizenship.

The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries Special Collections and Archives created an online “scrapbook” giving a retrospective of EFC from 1946 to 2016. The exhibit is available at http://bit.ly/2fVTvvU.