PROCLAMATION 3739-AUG. 30, 1966
I urge the Department of Agriculture, land-grant colleges and universities, the cooperative extension service, and all appropriate Government officials to cooperate with national, State, and local organizations in carrying out programs to observe National Farm-City Week, including public meetings and exhibits, and press, radio, and television features. I urge that such programs emphasize: —the growing interrelationship between rural and urban areas. —the need for finding still better ways of using our rural and urban land resources. — the national endeavor now moving forward with growing momentum to create a better total environment for all our citizens by opening the doors of opportunities to Americans wherever they live, and by removing the causes of poverty and ignorance. — the importance of continuing to revitalize and beautify both countryside and city. I N W I T N E S S WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States of America to be affixed. DONE at the City of Washington this twenty-fifth day of August in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and sixty-six, [SEAL] and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and ninety-first. LYNDON B. JOHNSON
By the President: DEAN R U S K,
Proclamation 3739 INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation
It is not difficult to test a man for literacy. Ask him to write a simple message. Or to read one. Millions upon untold millions of persons cannot pass that test. Their communication with their fellow man is severely limited. Their intelligence is unformed by contact with the written word. They live out their lives in the darkness of ignorance. Illiteracy is the greatest single barrier to economic and social progress in many of the countries of the world. The people of Angola are 97 percent illiterate. Rhodesia is 93 percent illiterate. Haiti has the highest illiteracy rate in the Western Hemisphere—nearly 90 percent.
In Iraq, in Iran, in Bolivia and in many more countries the majority of men and women cannot read and write. Even in our own country where education is accorded its proper importance, there are three million illiterate adults.
August 30, 1966