Again a new home mission study book is added to the lengthening series of such books issued by the Council of Women for Home Missions and the Missionary Education Movement. Their purpose primarily is to lead Christian people to the active practise of that cardinal principle of Christ, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself".
Obviously, if our neighbor is to be loved, he must be known. We must realize something of his racial mind and spirit, his handicaps, his achievements, his capacities, his horizon, his goals. Our seeking to know him must be on the basis of the broadest sympathy. In the friendliest and most helpful spirit we should sincerely desire to understand him in the place where he is and to apprehend something of the road by which he came and the direction of his highest and best aspirations, that we may, so far as we can, make it possible for him to attain his best in our common civilization. We should at the same time quite as earnestly seek to know ourselves in respect to our limitations, achievements, and goals in the building of the social order.
It is a valued privilege to have as the author of The Trend of the Races a gifted and honored representative of the Negro people. The following summary of his career appears in Who's Who in America: "George Edmund Haynes, sociologist; born Pine Bluff, Ark., May 11, 1880; A.B., Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn., 1903; A.M., Yale, 1904; student University of Chicago, summers 1906, 1907; graduate New York School of Philanthropy, 1910; European travel, 1910; Ph.D., Columbia University, 1912; Secretary Colored Men's Department International Committee Y.M.C.A., 1905-1908; professor of sociology and economics, Fisk University, 1910-1920 (on leave, 1918-1920); Director of Division of Negro Economics, U. S. Department of Labor, May, 1918, to May, 1921. One of the founders and formerly Executive Director, National League on Urban Conditions among Negroes. Member American Academy of Political and Social Science; American Economic Association".
Dr. Haynes brings to his task, not only the results of thorough study, but also the experience gained by residence and investigation in communities of many different types. Between 1912 and 1920 he traveled in the rural districts of every Southern state and has visited all the cities, North and South, in which there is any considerable Negro population.
It is the earnest hope of the publishing committee that the book will create in all who use it a greater hunger and thirst after righteousness in the relationships between the races.
Edith H. Allen, Chairman, Joint Committee on Home Mission Literature representing The Council of Women for Home Missions and The Missionary Education Movement.