Guide to the American Race Crisis lecture series, 1964

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New School Archives and Special Collections
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American Race Crisis Lecture Series
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American Race Crisis lecture series

This series on the "race crisis" in the United States addressed topics ranging from the impact of school integration, to housing discrimination, affirmative action, the growing Black separatist movement, and the motivations for racial prejudice. A slate of civil rights activists, leaders and experts participated in the series:

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6 Feb: Martin Luther King, Jr., president, Southern Christian Leadership Conference: Opening Address
13 Feb: Joseph Monserrat, director, Migration Division, Department of Labor, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
20 Feb: Dan W. Dodson, director, Center for Human Relations and Community Studies, New York University
27 Feb: Robert C. Weaver, administrator, Federal Housing and Home Finance Agency
5 Mar: Milton A. Galamison, chairman, Citywide Committee on School Integration
12 Mar: John O. Killens, author, chairman of the Harlem Writers Guild Workshop
19 Mar: Melvin Tumin, professor of anthropology and sociology, Princeton University
26 Mar: Charles Abrams, housing consultant to the United Nations; visiting professor, MIT
2 Apr: Algernon D. Black, chairman, National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing
9 Apr: Louis E. Lomax, social critic and author
16 Apr: Whitney M. Young, Jr., executive director, National Urban League
23 Apr: Ossie Davis, stage and screen star, playwright
30 Apr: Bayard Rustin, deputy director, March on Washington
14 May: Roy Wilkins, executive secretary, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
21 May: James Farmer, national director, Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)

(titles here are as they were listed in the original press release)

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Scope and Contents note

The audio recordings and transcripts in this collection represent three lectures and part of a fourth in a 15-part series on the "American race crisis" held in the spring of 1964 at The New School. The speakers in the recordings here include Martin Luther King, Jr., Charles Abrams, Melvin Tumin, and Roy Wilkins. Dr. King opened the conference, and the recording consists only of the question and answer session following his address. Also included are press releases and publicity produced by The New School about the series. Topics discussed range from the impact of school integration, to housing discrimination, affirmative action, the growing Black separatist movement, and motivations for racial prejudice. Links to the digitized audio recordings are provided below.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

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External Support

The digitization of the audiotapes in this collection was funded by the New School Student Senate.

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Collection Inventory

Title Box Folder
Press releases and publicity (photocopies) 

Link to digitized file of press releases and publicity

[http://dmc.newschool.edu:8180/luna/servlet/s/88ke0e]
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Audio recordings and transcripts 
Title Box
Martin Luther King, Jr. question and answer session following opening remarks, 6 Feb 1964 

On February 6, 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave the opening address of this 15-part series of lectures on the "American Race Crisis" at The New School. While the recording of his opening remarks has not been located, the second part of the session, in which Dr. King responded to audience and moderator questions, is presented here.

Audio recording  NSAV
Transcript 
Title Box
Milton A. Galamison: "The Urban Dilemma," 5 Mar 1964 [not digitized]  NSAV
Melvin Tumin lecture: "Facts and Fiction about Race Relations," 19 Mar 1964 

Side one consists of a lecture delivered by Melvin Tumin at The New School as one in a series of 15 lectures on the "American Race Crisis" held in the spring of 1964. At the time, Tumin was professor of sociology and anthropology at Princeton University. Side two consists of Tumin's question and answer session with the audience following his lecture.

Audio recording  NSAV
Transcript 
Charles Abrams lecture: "Unsettled Issues in the Cities," 26 Mar 1964 

Side one consists of a lecture delivered by Charles Abrams at The New School as one in a series of 15 lectures on the "American Race Crisis" held in the spring of 1964. At the time, Abrams was president of the National Committee Against Dicrimination in Housing. Side two consists of the question and answer period following Abrams's lecture.

Audio recording  NSAV
Transcript 
Roy Wilkins lecture: [untitled], 14 May 1964 

Side one consists of an untitled lecture delivered by Roy Wilkins, Executive Secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as one in a series of 15 lectures on the "American Race Crisis" held at The New School in the spring of 1964. Side two consists of Wilkins's question and answer session with the audience.

Audio recording  NSAV
Transcript 

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Collection guide Last Updated: 06/05/2012

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