Wagner - Waldorf Dinner

Wednesday, January 12, 1949

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

Event to honor Robert F. Wagner, Jr., chairman of the City Planning Commission. The event benefits the Children's Welfare Federation.

First speaker, unidentified (possibly Dr. Channing H. Tobias), notes the importance of proper housing. Speaks specifically about the situation in East Harlem, particularly over crowding, littered streets, vacant lots and a generally polluted environment. He calls for a major operation, which requires that many organizations form a united force to create a home life for youths, as well as a strong church presence.

Vice President elect Alben Barkley speaks, he notes that his invitation was likely because Barkley and Mayor Wagner's father, Robert F. Wagner Sr., have served on the Senate together for many years, and actually started on the same day.

Barkley also speaks on the importance of childhood, he states that all children are entitled to be born into health, into an adequate home, and into a society that recognizes its obligation to him. Also notes US soldiers who have brought Christmas meals to the children of the land they are occupying. This, he says, is sure to spread democracy throughout the world.

Newbold Morris, on behalf of Mayor O'Dwyer, speaks very highly of Robert Wagner Jr., honoring him as a great citizen.

Robert Wagner Jr. thanks all speakers for their addresses. He speaks about the bright future for children. He speaks of a bright, democratic future. He says it is clear that we must provide security for all citizens, even from the youngest age. He emphasizes that despite the wealth of our nation 3 million people still lack adequate housing.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 69923
Municipal archives id: LT842


Alben William Barkley, Newbold Morris, Channing H. Tobias and Robert F. Wagner


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