John Wilfred Haywood Jr., 73 a retired D.C. public school teacher and lecturer on race relations who was active in civil rights, community and church affairs, died of cancer Friday at Providence Hospital. He lived in Washington.

Mr. Haywood taught in Baltimore public schools and at Morgan State College in Baltimore before joining the D.C. public school system in 1940. He then taught at Brown Junior High and Dunbar and Springarn high schools. He also served as assistant director of a work-scholarship program and, from 1966-69, was director of a "Program on Problems of School Desegregation" for D.C. public schools.

After retiring in 1972, he lectured on race relations for the Washington International Center.

In addition, Mr. Haywood wrote articles on civil rights and community causes for the Negro History Journal, the Classical Language Journal, The Messenger and the Pittsburgh Courier.

A native of Waxahachie, Tex., he grew up in Baltimore, where his late father, Dr. Jr. W. Haywood, served for 17 years as dean of Morgan State College. He graduated with honors from Lincoln University in Pennslvania, earned a master's degree from Columbia University and a diploma from the American Academy for Classical Studies in Rome.

At his death, Mr. Haywood was president of the Henry A. Callis Scholarship Fund of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. The fund provides a full scholarship to Howard University.

His civic activities included service as vice president of the National Capital Clearing House for Neighborhood Democracy and as editor of the Brightwood Community Association Bulletin. He was a member of the Urban League, the NAACP, Citizens for Neighborhood Preservation, the National Education Association, Neighbors Inc., Americans for Democratic Action and the Classical League Association.

Mr. Haywood also was a lay speaker and chairman of the Council on Ministries of Asbury United Methodist Church here and represented the church on the Commission on Ecumenical Affairs of the Downtown Cluster of Churches.

Survivors include his wife, Marie of Washington; a daughter, Patricia Moore of Rockville; two sons, John III and George, both of Washington; a sister, Violet H. French of Washington, and four grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Henry A. Callis Scholarship Fund in care of Alpha Phi Alpha faternity.