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Why Was it a "Cool" Summer? (in New York City) - Night Call
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Date:1968-09-06
Length: 60:03 minutes:seconds
Del Shields, (Host) ; Willie Smith, (Guest)
The Rev. Willie Smith was director of the Neighborhood Youth Corps in New York City. The 30-year-old graduate of Union Theological Seminary had led a protest of 1,500 teenagers in front of City Hall in June because funds for youth jobs in the city had been cut by $2 million and there were fewer jobs available for youth. At the protest, some of the youth rioted; nine were injured and nine arrested. Smith was suspended for a week, then re-instated, and the city added $3 million to the program, allowing for 10,000 more summer youth jobs. The remainder of the summer in New York City enjoyed less racial violence than anticipated. Discussions in the program focused on anti-poverty and empowerment efforts.
Topics: Civil unrest; Radio programs; Social programs; Youth unemployment
ID: NC0074