by Gregory Hunter
...As the danger of a world conflict loomed in the thoughts of students and faculty at Howard, time was passing and the day was rapidly approaching when the United States would enter the war. In January of 1940, in light of the pressing situation, President Johnson appointed the University-Wide Committee on Education and National Defense 16. James M. Nabrit, secretary of the University, became the chairman. The committee was charged with the responsibility of studying and making recommendations concerning "all aspects of the relationship of Howard University to the National Defense program17. The Committee was composed of six sub-committees: Air Raid Protection, Women in National Defense, Military Service Problems, Education and Morale, Conservation of Cultural Resources, and Physical Fitness and Recreation18.
At the same time, the school began sponsoring services for students and faculty to build morale. Faculty members from different departments conducted a series of lectures under the theme: "The Negro in the Present World Crisis." The College of Liberal Arts also inaugurated a series of lectures entitled "Orientation Lecture Series: The Basis of the Present Conflict," which became required for all military personnel to attend19.
The Sub-Committee on Education and Morale sponsored the establishment of a University Center for Civilian Morale Service. Its function would be: