Alexander J. Allen

Sunday, August 21, 1960

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Frank Titus moderates.

Alexander J. Allen, Associate Director of National Urban League, discusses "the current status of the Negro in America."

Panelists include Bruce Herrell and Mike Selkin.

The National Urban League is celebrating its 50th anniversary and will be holding a conference the following week.

What changes are anticipated for Negroes in 1970 - better housing, fair education, employment based on merit. Will cities become exclusively Negro? Allen believes the future of cities relies on community involvement, housing development, etc. Not simply race.
The Urban League's job is involvement in communities and leadership. Each city will have to develop its own priorities.

Housing represents the most serious problem today. Discrimination in municipal services.

Unequal educational opportunities and medical services are also discussed.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72056
Municipal archives id: LT9017


Alexander J. Allen, Bruce Herrell, Mike Selkin and Frank Titus


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