[DISCRIMINATION -- UNITED STATES]; [MINORITIES -- UNITED STATES; JIM CROW--UNITED STATES]; Andrist, Ralph and Backlund, Ralph for WCCO (Radio station: Minneapolis, MN)
Title Neither free nor equal program[s] broadcast by WCCO on Wednesday, June 25-[July 30], 1947 from 9:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Binding paper portfolio
Book Condition Near fine
Publisher Minneapolis 1947
Seller ID 1700
4to portfolio (8¾” x 11¼”). Scripts for a 6 part radio show in one volume. Heavy brown paper portfolio with button and string closure; titles in black on cover. Each part is an unpaginated typescript printed on the recto only and bound in heavy grey paper with two staples at the top edge. Grey paper bindings have the titles, program information and date in black. Part 1: Program No. 1: The Face of Discrimination; 12 leaves. Part 2: Program No. 2: Discrimination in Employment; 13 leaves. Part 3: Program No. 3: Discrimination in Housing; 12 leaves. Part 4: Program No. 4: The Indian in Minnesota; 11 leaves. Part 5: Program No. 5: The Hate Merchants; 11 leaves. Part 6: Program No. 6: Meeting the Problem; 10 leaves. Includes introductory leaflet.A groundbreaking radio program in 6 parts created by WCCO following a community discrimination self-survey of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota performed by Fisk University’s Race Relations Department (RRD). When the results were released to the Twin Cities, the community rose to address the issues brought up by the survey through the implementation of new measures to fight prejudice and discrimination. Among these methods were a series of radio broadcasts titled 'Neither Free Nor Equal' by WCCO in Minneapolis-St. Paul, which were aired in the summer of 1947. Neither Free nor Equal reenacted true stories of discrimination that had been documented by social-service agencies in the Twin Cities, providing blatant and often shocking examples of everyday racism in the housing and employment sectors. The show also included dramatizations that demonstrated new agencies that the Twin cities had created to prevent such incidents from recurring, such as the Minneapolis Mayor’s Council on Human Relations, the St. Paul Council on Human Relations, and the Minneapolis Fair Employment Practice Commission among others. (See Adam Matthew Digital. Race Relations in America: Amy Hubbard, Neither Free Nor Equal. Accessed 5 October 2017). WCCO sent a number of these script portfolios to neighboring communities in the hope that it would generate interest in fighting racial and religious discrimination.Variety called the show "...the most courageous and two-fisted treatments of the subject yet attempted by radio." (2 July 1947, p.36 Radio Reviews) Near fine with offsetting from the staples to the program covers, and slight creasing to the portfolio, and occasional bending to the corners. An exceptionally scarce and important document in the history of the Civil Rights Movement. OCLC shows 13 copies worldwide.