"Federation's New Name Spells Progress," Interracial Review, December 1932


Though the debate over the name of the Federation had been settled and a unanimous decision to change was announced at the convention in September, this continued to be a topic of discussion throughout 1932. In the December 1932 edition of the Interracial Review, the editors expressed their approval of the Federation's name change as a "decidedly progressive and forward step."



As you read the document, reflect on the following questions:

  • What was the central issue in the debate over changing the Federation's name?
  • According to the author, how would the organization's name change affect its perception by the public?
  • How, if at all, could the name change affect the goals or actions of the organization?
  • Consider the definition of the term catholic. Explain how the new name is "truly Catholic."