A Civil Rights rally in New York City to raise funds for Wednesday's March on Washington was a disappointing failure Sunday (25 August).
LS Polo Grounds
MCU Man handing out leaflets and banners
MCU Woman holding banner
CU Banner: Civil Rights New
CU Job and Freedom Banner
MLS Cameraman pan to crowd
MS People entering Polo Grounds
LS People seated in grandstand
MCU Piano player
MS Three women seated
CU Man and woman seated
People at speakers stand
MS Rally officials
LS People in bleachers of stadium
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Background: 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.