Harry F. Ward

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Dr. Harry F. Ward (1873-1966) was a Reverend in the United Methodist Church. In 1907 he organized the Methodist Federation for Social Action, which later became the Methodist Federation for Social Service. He taught at Boston University and then joined the faculty of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he taught social ethics until his retirement in 1941.[1][2]

Communist propagandist

Outside the known leadership of the Communist Party USA, the five top pro-Soviet propagandists in US were all Protestant clergymen. Their names and positions are as follows: the Rev. Harry F. Ward, Professor Emeritus of Union Theological Seminary; the Rev. Kenneth Ripley Forbes, Executive Secretary of the Episcopal League for Social Action; the Rev. Jack R. McMichael, Executive Secretary of the Methodist Federation for Social Action; the Rev. Willard Uphaus, Co-Director of the American Peace Crusade; and the Rev. Joseph Fletcher, Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge, Mass.

The Rev. Joseph Fletcher and the Rev. Willard Uphaus were elected to membership on the World Peace Council at the Second World Peace Congress, held in Communist-controlled Poland, November 13-19, 1950. This gathering had been scheduled to meet in Sheffield, England; but, at the last minute, the British Government refused to allow the foreign delegates to land in England. The gathering was, thereupon, transferred to Warsaw. [3]

Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace

Harry F. Ward was a sponsor of the Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace which ran from March 25 - 27, 1949 in New York City. It was arranged by a Communist Party USA front organization known as the National Council of the Arts, Sciences, and Professions. The conference was a follow-up to a similar gathering, the strongly anti-America, pro-Soviet World Congress of Intellectuals which was held in Poland, August 25 - 28, 1948.[4]

Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner

On April 28, 1966 Harry Ward was a sponsor of the Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner. The dinner was held on the occasion of Herbert Aptheker's 50th birthday, the publication of his 20th book, and the 2nd anniversary of the American Institute for Marxist Studies. It was held in the Sutton Ballroom, The New York Hilton, Avenue of the Americas, 53rd to 54th Street, New York City. Most speakers, organizers and sponsors were known members or supporters of the Communist Party USA.[5]

American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born

In the late 1960s Harry Ward was listed as a Sponsor of American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born[6]

Civil Rights Congress

Ward was the Chairman of the board of the Civil Rights Congress.[7]


"By 1922, the Communists in America had received their orders from the Communist International to exploit Negroes in the Communist program against the peace and security of the United States. In 1923, the NAACP began to receive grants from the Garland Fund which was a major source for the financing of Communist Party enterprises. (Officials of the Fund included Communists William Z. Foster, Benjamin Gitlow, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Scott Nearing, and Robert W. Dunn, along with prominent leftwingers Roger Baldwin, Sidney Hillman, Ernest Gruening, Morris Ernst, Mary E. McDowell, Harry F. Ward, Judah L. Magnes, Freda Kirchwey, Emanuel Celler, Paul H. Douglas, Moorfield Storey, and Oswald Garrison Vilard). The grants continued until, at least, 1934."[8]

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