Cat.No: 276956 Brooklyn challenges Dr. Jansen on the May Quinn case. Negro History Week, February 12-19, 1950
Brooklyn challenges Dr. Jansen on the May Quinn case. Negro History Week, February 12-19, 1950

Brooklyn challenges Dr. Jansen on the May Quinn case. Negro History Week, February 12-19, 1950

Brooklyn: Schools Council of Bedford-Stuyvesant-Williamsburg, 1950. Pamphlet. Four-panel brochure, 8.5x11 inches, rear panel partly toned. Also included is a folded broadside reprinting articles on the case from the New York Teacher News.

On the case of a local history teacher, May Quinn, who told her students "The Negroes were happy before they knew about racial discrimination. Now that they know are they any happier?" School superintendent William Jansen said that she showed poor judgment, but he failed to take serious disciplinary steps. The brochure notes that Quinn also had a history of anti-Semitic statements in the classroom, and calls for a full hearing on her case. Brooklyn-raised singer Lena Horne is quoted as saying "What of the waste of lives and hopes and dreams simply because of the refusal of opportunity?" Cites famous Brooklyn residents who fought against bigotry, including Walt Whitman, Henry Ward Beecher, and Jewish abolitionist Ernestine L. Rose. To the question, "Is bigotry the 'tree that grows in Brooklyn,'" Jackie Robinson is quoted as saying "NO!"

Cat.No: 276956

Price: $150.00