Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial Foundation Luncheon

Wednesday, April 08, 1964

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

Opens with introduction of honored guests.

Doris Mays sings the National Anthem, followed by the invocation by Father Ford.

Marian Anderson reads a short writing by Eleanor Roosevelt.

Dr. Harold Taylor speaks of Eleanor Roosevelt's great works, he notes that the best way to honor her memory is to continue her efforts to improve the world around us all.
He speaks of the many young people inspired by Roosevelt, who are doing good works in the Freedom Schools in the south. He talks about university students across the country working on civil rights projects. He suggests different ways the Eleanor Roosevelt foundation could provide aid to these and other human rights projects.
He suggests that a Eleanor Roosevelt Center could be built in Manhattan as a meeting place for all those who have been inspired by her work. He suggests a world wide labor of love.

One Eleanor Roosevelt intern, Edith Barksdale who has just returned from two years in the Peace Corp in the Philippines. She speaks of her experience abroad, and her difficulty dealing with the continued inequality in the United States. She speaks of her Eleanor Roosevelt internship.

Next, Ambassador Adlai Stevenson speaks. He charms the many women in the audience. He speaks of the guest of honor, Lady Bird Johnson. He speaks at length about the pursuit of peace.

Anna Rosenberg Hoffman speaks next. She too pays tribute the Lady Bird Johnson's compassion. She describes a time five years ago, when she had concerns about Roosevelt's hectic speaking schedule, and a conversation she had with Roosevelt about plans for a birthday party. Hoffman reads a letter from Eleanor Roosevelt. She closes by requesting donations to the Eleanor Roosevelt Foundation.

Finally, Lady Bird Johnson speaks.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71911
Municipal archives id: T276


Marian Anderson, Edith Barksdale, Anna Rosenberg Hoffman, Lady Bird Johnson, Adlai E. Stevenson and Harold Taylor


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