City Hall Reception for Sleeping Car Porters

Wednesday, September 20, 1950

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

City Hall reception for International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.

September 20, 1950

Band plays Star Spangled Banner.

Grover Whelan introduces Mayor Impellitteri and A. Philip Randolph.

Impellitteri talks about the history of the union: Began with 6 people 25 years ago. They faced a battle for recognition against every cruel device. They were spied on. Pensions stopped. Insulted. Fired. Now they have found a leader who could not be intimidated. Randolph, untiring courage and vision. Under his leadership the Brotherhood is now up to 18,000 from 11 different races. Pay is now a minimum of $235 a month for 205 hours. Movement for fair employment practices committee and opening of jobs to Negroes. Elimination of discrimination in the armed forces ended. Wish Randolph and union members continued support and friendship.

Randolph speaks.
"We want to express our appreciation and gratitude for this unusual reception for our 25th anniversary in the freest and greatest city in the world."

Department of Sanitation Band plays a waltz.

Announcer comes back with a recap.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 5957


Vincent R. Impellitteri, A. Philip Randolph and Sanitation Department Band


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Programs ranging from the 1930s to the 1970s covering a variety of cultural and political topics.

From archival broadcasts of sewer plant openings to single surviving episodes of long-defunct series, "Miscellaneous" is a catch-all for the odds and ends transferred as part of the New York Public Radio Archives Department's massive NEH-funded digitization project, launched in 2010.

Buried in this show you will find all sorts of treasures, from the 1937 dedication of the WNYC Greenpoint transmitter to the 1939 lighting of the City Hall Christmas tree and the 1964 reception for Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

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