[Archive]: "Neither Free Nor Equal" Civil Rights Radio Program Scripts

Minnesota: 1947.

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Hardcover. First edition. Quarto. Measuring 8¾” x 11¼”. Scripts for a six-part radio show banded together in one volume. Heavy brown paper portfolio with button and string closure, titles in black. Near fine with offsetting from the staples on the program covers, and slight creasing on the portfolio.

A groundbreaking radio program in six parts created by WCCO following a community discrimination self-survey of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota performed by Fisk University’s Race Relations Department (RRD). When the results were released to the Twin Cities, the community rose to address the issues brought up by the survey through the implementation of new measures to fight prejudice and discrimination.

Among these methods were a series of radio broadcasts titled *Neither Free Nor Equal* which reenacted true stories of discrimination that had been documented by social-service agencies in the Twin Cities, providing blatant and often shocking examples of everyday racism in the housing and employment sectors. The show also included dramatizations that demonstrated new agencies that the Twin Cities had created to prevent such incidents from recurring, such as the Minneapolis Mayor’s Council on Human Relations, the St. Paul Council on Human Relations, and the Minneapolis Fair Employment Practice Commission among others. WCCO sent a number of these script portfolios to neighboring communities in the hope that it would generate interest in fighting racial and religious discrimination. *Variety* called the show, “...the most courageous and two-fisted treatments of the subject yet attempted by radio.”

Scripts here include, Part 1: Program No. 1: *The Face of Discrimination*; 12 leaves. Part 2: Program No. 2: *Discrimination in Employment*; 13 leaves. Part 3: Program No. 3: *Discrimination in Housing*; 12 leaves. Part 4: Program No. 4: *The Indian in Minnesota*; 11 leaves. Part 5: Program No. 5: *The Hate Merchants*; 11 leaves. Part 6: Program No. 6: *Meeting the Problem*; 10 leaves. Includes introductory leaflet.

A scarce and important document in the history of the Civil Rights Movement. *OCLC* locates 13 copies.


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Item #447106 [Archive]: "Neither Free Nor Equal" Civil Rights Radio Program Scripts
[Archive]: "Neither Free Nor Equal" Civil Rights Radio Program Scripts
[Archive]: "Neither Free Nor Equal" Civil Rights Radio Program Scripts
[Archive]: "Neither Free Nor Equal" Civil Rights Radio Program Scripts
[Archive]: "Neither Free Nor Equal" Civil Rights Radio Program Scripts
[Archive]: "Neither Free Nor Equal" Civil Rights Radio Program Scripts