Address at the Annual Convention of the Theatre Owners of America, New York City

October 28, 1963


New York, NY

Those of us who are white can only dimly guess at what the pain of racial discrimination must be—what it must be like to be turned away from a public place, or made to use only a segregated portion of that place, for no reason other than the color of one’s skin. Prostitutes, criminals, Communist and Fascist conspirators—these people are free to go to the movies and to choose their own seats, so long as they are white. How can a Negro father explain this intolerable situation to his children? And how can the children be expected to grow up with any sense of pride in being Americans?