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National Board Files. Reports on Local Associations: Michigan: Benton Harbor, 1968. (Box 3, Folder 48)

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Marsh, Leo B


This folder contains materials created/collected by Leo Bergman Marsh. Marsh began his YMCA career in 1928 in Detroit, where he served as assistant youth work secretary, transferring to the same position in Chicago in 1929. In the 1930s and 1940s Marsh worked in Ohio and Atlanta. Marsh joined the National Board as director of Interracial and Counseling Services in 1948 and in 1954 he had the distinction of becoming the first black president of the Y's National Association of Secretaries (AOS). In 1967 Marsh became assistant executive of the Board and executive of the Committee for Interracial Advance. He was one of the founders and the first general chairman of the National Conference of Black and Non-White Laymen and Staff (BAN-WYS). In 1969, After retiring from the National Board in 1970, he served for a year as associate development director of the New York City YMCA, where he was instrumental in establishing a successful Black Achievers in Industry program for the Harlem YMCA. This folder specifically contains materials related to Marsh's regional and local work with interracial affairs for the YMCA.
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