Dad on: racism; women and youth in civil rights; nonviolence and boxing

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John C. Melançon

Was a member of the NAACP. Thought it was too conservative then.

In the South, most of the racist had a few blacks they new that if you included them they would say “Now wait, they are different.”

Person (minister) he worked with worked in the city slums and as he learned all of these people came from some little spot in the country he thought - we’re in the wrong place. Opened some thing with greek name.

Says it is women who did hardest work in civil rights movement.
It is the young people who did things. The nonviolent sit ins is what got things started, and then the ‘black establishment’ got involved. Black middle class asked Martin Luther King Jr. to lead. Dad knew him. Lady that ran the thing hiding children from the Nazis in France, of which he was one, he invited to Macedonia. She is big pacifist and wanted to meet King. At his house a lot of people were gathered for rest and recreation-- and they are all watching boxing - a big fight - on TV. She is disgusted- that is all she can talk about.