NYPR Archives & Preservation
February 3, 2017 - Volume 16  Issue 05
Edition # 747

1967: Mayor John Lindsay and others speak at a memorial service for Apollo 1 Astronauts Virgil Grissom, Edward White, and Roger Chaffee.
June 10, 1939

Negro News and Views

"America must be alert to the doctrines of racism which are at present being used by the countries influenced by the Nazi government and philosophy as an instrument for political and persecutory aims, spread into this country, said the Reverend John Lafarge, S. J., associate editor of the magazine America and a leader of the Catholic interracial movement, in a brief talk on the National Urban League's Negro News and Views program broadcast over station WNYC, New York recently.

"Racism," Father La Farge explained, "already has a foothold in America. During the two or three decades that immediately preceded the War of Secession, and shortly after that event, racist theories singularly like those now being circulated by the Nazis were propagated in this country. They were used to justify chattel slavery; and later to justify political and legal discriminations against the Negro.  The influence of the American racist doctrines has persisted into our day. Some of them were revived on the floor of the Senate during the filibuster of the Wagner-Van Nuys anti-lynching bill."

Source: "Says Seeds of Racism Exist in Treatment of Negro Citizens," Opportunity, July, 1939, pg. 215.

Note: John LaFarge, Jr., S.J. (1880–1963) was an American Jesuit priest known for his activism against racism and anti-Semitism.
WNYC first day of broadcast, July 8, 1924 (Municipal Archives Collection)

Long before MTV, Leonard Ware's jazz trio was performing for the newsreel cameras in 1943 as they played in the WQXR studio. 
The New York Public Radio Archives Celebrates Black History Month. We've pulled together some of the department's leading preservation work, series and sonic artifacts concerning African-American history.
WNYC celebrated its 92nd anniversary this past July. Just think, 7-and-a-half short years to the big centennial. In this space we'll be linking to various historical WNYC champions, broadcasts and milestones celebrating nearly a century on the air in the public interest. This week: An Exclusive Unearthed Track by Blues Legend Reverend Gary Davis.

This week's NEH-funded Annotations blog series features: Lewis E. Lomax, one of the first black television journalists to host a regular TV interview program.

The Fevered Land, a WHA drama about prejudice heard on WNYC in 1946.

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