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Spanish-American night, and a lot of things. For example -- put it off,
let me show you some things that I have.
No, we can leave it on while you show. You bruoght a few props
No, in the file I was looking, I found a folder. Look at this. This
is April 1957. This is The New York Post. “Union's teen program gets
Norse attendance.” Someone from Norway came to it. “Members of
the Teen Time Committee: Joe Davis and Richie Sharnoff, Moe Foner.”
Me with Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt and Alma John.
Now, this is a program of teenagers. We have a headquarters on 50th
and Eighth Avenue, right in the neighborhood. What we do is some kid
writes a letter to the magazine saying, “You union's do all these social
programs. Why don't you do something for the kids?” So I say to
Davis, “Let's invite some over here.”
He sends his daughter, and we get a couple of active people's
daughters and kids in it. We talk, and we decide that we'll do
something called Teen Time at 1199, a monthly social. I get Piute
Pete's square dances, and we use the records with the dancing on
them. We get seventy-five, eighty, a hundred kids, and I bring in a
guest star. So we have Tom Ewell, who's then in “The Seven-Year
Itch” on Broadway. What's-her-name who did a film recently on the
bank strike? She directed it. Remember “The Willmar Seven” when it
was done for television? I forget her name. She was married to Arnie
Manoff, the writer, that's how I knew her. Lee Grant. That's right. She
was performing in a Broadway play, so I got Lee Grant to come, to
talk. Ruby Dee comes. I get a guy from the New York Knicks, Slater
Martin, to come with the manager or the PR guy. So it creates more
excitement. So that continues.
Then on a radio show, Alma John from WWRL, she says she's
interviewing Mrs. Roosevelt, so we get there and we take pictures, and
we meet Mrs. Roosevelt. So that starts it. Later on I got to meet Mrs.
Roosevelt again. So we're doing things that way, and it's a small
union, getting a Negro history celebration every year, starting with
Ossie. Ossie comes and he decides he will write a living newspaper.
You know what that is.
If that year was the Emmett Till murder case--Emmett Till
doesn't mean anything to you?
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