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Gazette and Bulletin: February 24, 1955 – Brotherhood Improvement Needs Cited to Club by P.D. Mitchell

Inconsistencies in American democracy—with suggestions for remedying it—was the topic for P.D. Mitchell, executive director of the Bethune-Douglas Community Center, in his Brotherhood Week Address to the Williamsport Exchange Club members at the Lycoming this week. Mr. Mitchell cited two famous examples of well-known American Negroes experiencing great success and severe discrimination in their careers. The

Inconsistencies in American democracy—with suggestions for remedying it—was the topic for P.D. Mitchell, executive director of the Bethune-Douglas Community Center, in his Brotherhood Week Address to the Williamsport Exchange Club members at the Lycoming this week.

Mr. Mitchell cited two famous examples of well-known American Negroes experiencing great success and severe discrimination in their careers. The two persons were Dr. Ralph Bunche, U.N. mediator, who gained great fame for his great service during the Arab-Jewish conflict in Palestine, and contralto, Marian Anderson, who was the storm center of a national controversy years ago when she was refused permission to sing in Constitution Hall because she was a Negro

“Integration,” Mr. Mitchell said, “to me, is “Americanism.” He went on to mention three proposed laws that have been coming before each Congress for many years—the anti-poll tax bill, the anti-lynching bill and a bill for fair employment practices—as a series of American laws, which do much to offset inconsistencies in American democracy.

Other things that should be done to relieve racial tensions and improve the lot of all Americans, Mr. Mitchell said, include eradication of slum areas, providing better job opportunities for all and the most widespread use possible of churchly influences.

Mr. Mitchell recommended strongly the policies and principles of the Exchange Club in fostering brotherhood, “You people,” he told the Exchageites, “practice brotherhood all year all around and not just for a week.”

Compiled by Lou Hunsinger Jr.

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