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Telegram from Al Vann: Promising Action if Services and Personnel are Withdrawn

This telegram was sent from Al Vann to CUNY Chancellor Albert Bowker. Vann, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition. Vann writes the message on behalf of the Coalition's member organizations in an effort to challenge the university to deliver on its promise of space and financial support for the community's representatives on the Presidential Search Committee. Failing this, Vann warns of organized community "action."

The community's presence on the committee was an achievement in itself and followed months of efforts from neighborhood organizations and individuals. Over the course of Medgar Evers College's creation, CUNY officials and Bedford-Stuyvesant community members often clashed, and this particular dispute is just one example of the several that arose from the community's efforts to exert influence over their college's development.

Source | CLAGS Archive
Creator | Vann, Al
Date Created | June 18, 1968
Rights | Obtain From CLAGS Archive
Item Type | Text (Diary / Correspondence)
Cite This document | Vann, Al, “Telegram from Al Vann: Promising Action if Services and Personnel are Withdrawn,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed May 18, 2022,

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