Edward L. Carter Jr. and Edward Matthews

Sunday, September 30, 1945

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

Host Bill Chase introduces the Triangle of Rhythm, performing "What is This Thing Called Love?"

Composer and pianist Melba Pope performs "Why Am I A Fool."

Edward L. Carter, Jr. field representative of the New York State Commission Against Discrimination. Carter is interviewed by Chase about the New York State Anti-Discrimination Act. Carter describes the process member of the community may go through if they feel that were unfairly discriminated against while seeking employment because of race, color, creed, or national origin. Mentioned in passing is the "Brooklyn borough gas case."

Bill Chase introduces "Porgy and Bess" baritone Edward Matthews, who sings "Invictus" by Bruno Huhn.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70213
Municipal archives id: LT168

Hosted by:

Bill Chase


Edward L. Carter, Edward Matthews, Melba Pope and Triangle of Rhythm


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About Freedom's Ladder

A short program dedicated to helping WNYC's listenership understand evolving civil rights issues in a dynamic format.

Bill Chase's Freedom's Ladder (1945-1946) joined many WNYC programs aimed at raising awareness of racial issues and instructing the citizenry on the ways in which Anti-Discrimination laws would impact their lives. Uniquely, Freedom's Ladder mixed entertainment like jazz and artist interviews with serious discussion of navigating the ins and outs of filing discrimination complaints.


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