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Why did they do this?
Because the deans have been singularly inept and
unsuccessful in doing anything in
legislation;they are totally unknowing
about Washington and they really didn't
have any people who had any know-how or
leverage or talent to represent them.
They just wanted new gyms and new
dormitories and new classrooms more than
they wanted research facilities.
Isn't that interesting that they representing a
whole area of the intellect should be
inept at understanding this sort of
Yes. It takes quite a lot of finding out about
and then a great deal of determination
and it takes money to have someone spend
their time on it unless they're
self-propelled as Mrs. Mahoney and I
Congressman McCormack, the leader of the House,
decided that if this amendment of the
deans' were attached to S 849, Clayton
Powell, the Negro representative from
Harlem, would insist on his amendment
which would prohibit segregated schools
from receiving any funds. This Powell
amendment, in McCormack's opinion, would
defeat the bill in the House. This
horrified us, the possibility of this.
Consequently, it was a big problem.
It would be defeated why?
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