Dr. Frank S. Horne

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Dr. Frank S. Horne. (1899-1974) Horne was a member of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s (FDR) “Black Cabinet” and outspoken opponent of segregation.

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

Moderator is Marvin Sleeper.

Guest is Dr . Frank S. Horne, Executive Director, City of New York Commission on Intergroup Relations.

Panelists include Jim Farrell, Alan Cohn, Michael Spielman, Marvin Oppenburg, and Larry Lipsitz.

Horne first describes the role of the Commission on Intergroup Relations. He describes the powers of the commission and their mission to promote positive relationships among all groups in the city and stamp out discrimination.

Horne is questioned about a statement made by Eleanor Roosevelt, in which she stated that New York City could not call itself integrated until the ghettos are abolished.

He speaks about neighborhoods and schools that are not truly integrated. He calls it de facto segregation in our schools. He talks about the lower quality in these schools. He discusses the potential of busing to resolve segregation problems.

Horne notes that they have not yet held any public hearings and speaks of the committees power to subpoena individuals.

Horne specifically notes instances of discrimination in hospitals and nursing homes.

He describes how the average citizen can file a complaint with his department.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72357
Municipal archives id: LT7671