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1964 - Race and Politics
Entering the Twenty-First Year

“The year 1963 has become known as the centennial year of the Emancipation Proclamation or the year of racial unrest and upheaval when civil rights became the Number One domestic issue. This year is destined to be known as the year of the Civil Rights Bill, legislation far more sweeping in this area than any other in modern times.

Among those to be honored this evening is the Honorable Robert F. Kennedy, Attorney General of the United States, who helped to write the legislation of that bill which was introduced under the Administration of his late brother, President John F. Kennedy. Our Twenty-First Anniversary Celebration also pays tribute to the memory of the late Medgar W. Evers, whose struggle to achieve some of the objectives of the Bill cost him his life.

Like all of our programs, this affair today is held for the benefit of our scholarship fund, named in memory of President Kennedy because of his interest in improved communications and improved educational opportunities for Negro students.

Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson
Honorary Banquet Chairman

Robert F. Kennedy
Distinguished Service Award

Carl T. Rowan
Distinguished Service Award

A. Philip Randolph
Distinguished Service Award

Winner of 1964 Journalism Award
Carolyn Grimstead
Eastern High School
Washington, D. C.