William J. Trent

Tuesday, October 09, 1956

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

Marvin Sleeper hosts.

William J. Trent Jr., the executive director of the United Negro College Fund, answers questions.

Panelists include Paulette Singer and Penny Fox.

Many of the 31 member colleges are already have integrated student bodies, all of the faculties are already integrated. It has only been legal for these schools to integrate since 1954, but now the schools are actively recruiting white students. 12% of students are from the North portion of the US.

Medical schools have recently opened up a lot in the South. Professional school's doors are opening more rapidly than undergraduate schools. Trent disagrees with the quota system.

The total enrollment among the 31 member colleges is 23,000 students.

Refers to "Miss Lucy's case." Also talks about students in Alabama attempting to integrate.

He believes that the end to segregation will not put an end to Negro Colleges, but that they will have more white students.

He speaks of notable graduates from these schools - Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King, Jr.

He notes a problem in New York is housing - due to rent there is some defacto segregation.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72047
Municipal archives id: LT7589

Hosted by:

Marvin Sleeper


Penny Fox, Paulette Singer and William J. Trent


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