Extra [handwritten text] OK [handwritten text] PRODIGAL SONS OR PRODIGAL FATHERS? Excerpts From Keynote Address by The Honorable Brooks Hays at the Twenty-Fourth National Conference on Citizenship Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C. September 17, 1969 Of major concern to most Americans today is the crisis confronting our country about what is commonly referred to as the "generation gap." At a period in our history when we are involved with major difficulties abroad and at home, our young people in many cases seem to feel that their country has either not lived up to its traditions and ethical principles or has not changed rapidly enough to deal effectively with new problems. As we gather here tonight to undertake the formal opening of our Conference on "Youth Activism," I would like to pay tribute to Judge Carl B. Hyatt who recognized the serious nature of our growing polarization and warmly embraced the increased efforts of our Conference to do something about this polarization. We all mourn the loss of our dear friend but know that he would be delighted at this fine turnout of delegates to continue the work with youth he so eagerly helped initiate. For it was Judge Hyatt who encouraged us to respond affirmatively to the righteous demands of our young people for reforms in America's society. As his successor, I hope that I can fulfill that promise.