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Nelson Poynter Memorial Library -- Catalogs; Florida -- Archival resources; Archives -- Florida -- Catalogs; Social justice; Civil Rights; St. Petersburg (Fla.) -- Race relations; Local and Regional History Provenance


Religions United in Action for Community (RUAC) was an interfaith ministerial group organized in 1969 to address social issues in St. Petersburg such as school desegregation, busing, health care, and community displacement resulting from the construction of Interstate 275. Other concerns included casino gambling, pornography, and the emerging Moral Majority movement. The papers were donated by Rabbi David Susskind, the first rabbi of the Congregation of Liberal Judaism in Orlando, and longtime rabbi at Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg. This collection consists of five document boxes containing organizational records covering the years from 1969 through 1981. Materials occupy 2.25 linear feet of shelf space and include RUAC's bylaws, corporate records, meeting minutes, membership lists, treasurers' reports, correspondence, and other miscellaneous documents.



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