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Foreign leaders in MRA visit Valley
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
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Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Moral Re-Armament (MRA) was an international movement that developed from American minister Frank Buchman's Oxford Group. Buchman headed MRA from 1938 until his death in 1961.The movement had Christian roots, but it grew into an informal, international network of people of all faiths and backgrounds. Based around what it called the "Four Absolutes" (honesty, purity, unselfishness and love), it encouraged its members to be involved in political and social issues. The name of the group was changed to Initiatives of Change in 2001.
Photograph caption dated March 11, 1955 reads "Left to right are R. D. Mathur, founder and first secretary general of the United Nations Student Association of India; Mme. Irene Laure, French resistance leader, former member of Parliament and head of 3,000,000 French women, and husband Victor Laure, co-founder of Sailors Union of Marseilles; Dr. Ismail Hassan of Cairo, Egypt; and Max Bladeck, German miners' union leader. These members of the MRA Task Force are now in California in connection with the world program of Moral Re-Armament, a crusade based on an ideology to overcome war and answer Communism world-wide." The group is standing in front of the Valley Times newspaper office in North Hollywood.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Laure, Ire`ne
Moral Re-armament (Organization)
Valley Times (Firm)
Men--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
Associations, institutions, etc.--California--Los Angeles
Newspaper buildings--California--North Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Signs and signboards--California--North Hollywood (Los Angeles)
North Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Portrait photographs
Group portraits
Valley Times Collection photographs
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