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Title: Letter from Russell B. Sugarmon, Jr., Attorney to Mr. Wade H. Sides, Jr.
Contributor: Sugarmon, Russell B., Jr.
Keywords: Memphis (Tenn.) -- Race relations;Integration;Theatre;Segregation;Letter;Sugarmon, Russell B., Jr.;Willis, A. W., 1925-1988
Issue Date: 24-Nov-1962
Description: A letter from Russell B. Sugarmon, Jr. and A. W. Willis, Jr. to Wade H. Sides, Jr. On November 14, 1962, Sugarmon, Willis, and their wives were refused admission to a production of "Gypsy" at the Front Street Theatre; they had been encouraged to buy season tickets because the Theatre had adopted a new policy of non-discrimination. Sides and Attorney Hunter Lane met with the two men and explained that the policy was reversed because admitting blacks had diminished ticket sales. The letter calls for a full vote of the theatre's board of governors and chastises well-educated Memphians for practicing discrimination at a time when blacks are accepted at wrestling matches and jazz events without incident.
Appears in Collections:Russell B. Sugarmon Collection

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