• Short Summary

    A Civil Rights rally in New York City to raise funds for Wednesday's March on Washington was a disappointing failure Sunday (25 August).

  • Description

    A Civil Rights rally in New York City to raise funds for Wednesday's March on Washington was a disappointing failure Sunday (25 August). The sponsors had hoped to fill the Polo Grounds -- a sports arena -- with 30 thousand people. The stadium holds 55,000. However, only two thousand people turned up. The small crowd seemed lost in the vast arena.

    The rally was organized by the New York State Association of Elks of the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World. The group has 50,000 members, all Negroes and is now affiliated with the predominantly white organization known as the Benevolent Order of Elks.

    The rally lasted from noon to midnight. There were a fashion show with Negro models, jazz singers, and a number of prominent speakers. An organizer of the rally said it cost more than 40-thousand dollars. Tickets sold at 2 dollars each.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA0SA2F5QTWGTXB0CHT5E53ZND
    Media URN:
    VLVAA0SA2F5QTWGTXB0CHT5E53ZND
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/08/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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