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Title: Citizens Interracial Committee (CIC) Community Dialogue Tapes, 1967-1969Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Citizens Interracial Committee (1963-1969)

Extent: 0.42 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 11/08/2006

Subjects: Race discrimination--California--San Diego--History--20th century--Sources, San Diego (Calif.)--Race relations--History--20th century--Sources

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

One of CIC's primary activities was to hold massive biweekly meetings called "community dialogues" to discuss broad issues such as racism, police sensitivity, education, and employment discrimination within the city of San Diego. The number of attendees at any given meeting was usually quite high—perhaps as many as 30 or more persons—representing an extremely wide variety of backgrounds, including city officials, educators, administrators, religious leaders, law enforcement, journalists, and minority community spokespersons. The meetings were moderated by CIC Executive Director Carroll Waymon, and his voice is often the first one heard in the audio recordings of the meetings.

The collection's sound recordings represent nearly 2 years' worth of CIC community dialogue meetings, from August 1967 to June 1969. They were digitized from the original reel-to-reel tapes, and total approximately 100 hours of footage. These recordings provide insight into the workings of a major metropolitan city engaging in discussions of race relations on an unprecedented scale. Of particular note is the meeting recorded the day after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Reel #12-1).  Several of the recordings include brief meeting minutes with the agenda, list of attendees, and some information regarding the content of the meeting.

Currently, there is only minimal information available for each tape. If you can provide more information on the content or context of these tapes, or wish to provide partial or complete tape transcripts, please email us at scref@rohan.sdsu.edu.

Click here to listen to the recordings: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee, or simply click the link below each item in the box list.

Biographical Note

Formed in 1963 because of increasing racial tension, the Citizens Interracial Committee (CIC) sought to create community dialogues and educate people about racial issues and concerns within city limits. In 1964, the CIC became an official non-profit organization and received city funding. Initially, the CIC consisted of a director (Carroll Waymon), a secretary, a consultant and a clerk. Over the next several years the city increased CIC funding, allowing the agency to expand to include other employees and services.

Under the directorship of Carroll Waymon, the organization responded to complaints, generated reports on racial issues and incidents (such as the Mountain View Park disturbance), created community dialogue through meetings, events, and a news column in The Voice, and sent out speakers and educational materials to educate the public about racial tension in San Diego. Because of city funding, the CIC's activities primarily targeted the metropolitan area.

The County saw a need for a similar agency, and in 1969, the County decided to partner with the City in order to create a county-wide Human Relations Commission, which would phase out the CIC. Many believed the City's decision to end CIC funding had more to do with CIC criticism of the City than the creation of a larger commission, and a community backlash against the City's decision ensued. Despite these efforts, the CIC eventually disbanded on December 31, 1969.

Subject/Index Terms

Race discrimination--California--San Diego--History--20th century--Sources
San Diego (Calif.)--Race relations--History--20th century--Sources

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Carroll Waymon

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Harold K. Brown Papers

Reverend George Walker Smith Papers

Leon Williams Papers

Carlin Integration Case Records

School Integration Task Force Records

Citizens United for Racial Equality (CURE) Records

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Citizens Interracial Committee (CIC) Comunity Dialogue Tapes, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Other URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee


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Item 1: August 18, 1967 (reel #22-1)Add to your cart.

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This tape is a recording of one of the numerous CIC dialogue sessions with community groups and city officials. This particular session included representatives the city attorney's office, the Urban League, San Diego City Schools, the Union-Tribune, various churches, the police department, city officials, and the mayor.

This recording includes introductions from participants, an overview of the agenda, and a discussion and review of the previous session's meeting minutes, as well as an agreement that certain public officials (the mayor, chief of police, and Councilman Hahn from the Southeast San Diego district) must be present at future meetings. After reviewing these minutes, the group discussed the definition of racism. One participant differentiated between racism and racial discrimination, claiming that San Diego is not racist because racism isn't embedded in its legal structure the way it was in Nazi Germany or South Africa. Other participants concluded that racial discrimination is accepted as normal in San Diego and this issue must be addressed in order to effect change. Mayor Curran also spoke up and stated that semantics makes communication about racial issues complex and difficult. The tape ends in the middle of Mayor Curran's discussion.

Item 2: September 1, 1967 (reel #22-2)Add to your cart.

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This tape is a recording of one of the numerous CIC dialogue sessions with community groups and city officials. This particular session included representatives from the city attorney's office, the Urban League, San Diego City Schools, the Union-Tribune, various churches, the police department, and city officials. Noticeably absent was Councilman Hahn from the Southeast San Diego district, Mayor Curran, and the chief of police.

This session began with introductions and a discussion of the purposes of the meetings. The group also heatedly discussed the absence of the mayor, chief of police, and Southeast San Diego councilman. Tom Johnson mentioned housing discrimination for African American servicemen and insisted that prejudice is the fundamental issue and that the City must recognize its normalcy in order to change it. Others agreed that the white community needs to accept that San Diego is racist and the mayor should articulate the problem to the public. Several participants stated that the media and city officials need to be more active in changing attitudes instead of waiting for a burst of violence. Another participant discussed the San Diego Mexican-American community's stance.

Item 3: September 15, 1967 (reel #06-1)Add to your cart.

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This session begins with some discussion over the official minutes and agenda being sent out too late after previous meetings. It is agreed that the audio recording would serve as the official minutes while the notes taken by a stenographer would serve as the official summary of minutes. It is also settled that an agenda with tentative topics of discussion would be sent to members ahead of time, with new subjects first being introduced, then experts brought in for consultation at a later session.

There was some frustration within the group on account of public officials and Board of Education members being unavailable to attend the bi-monthly meetings, causing their information to be out-of-date. The board was convinced of their essentialness in these matters by virtue of their individual power to reach out to the community and change attitudes about race relations. It was suggested that since continuity in the group (in regards to who attends and how often), and getting timely information through to the public were both of vital importance, a small group of 4-5 members would break off to discuss what kind of continuity would be required, and continue the discussion at the next board meeting.

There was some discussion over whether the definition of racism discussed in the previous meeting would be held and accepted by all group members, and how best to present their findings to the public. There was some disagreement over what action to take next, as some members felt a strong plan would be needed in order to persuade the public. Other members believed the whole community needed to be on the same page in regards to acknowledging the problem of racial disparity in San Diego before any policy decisions should be made. Many members felt the main problem lay in the fact that the African-American community was already suspicious and frustrated over the slow pace of the legislation process. On the other hand, whites too were suspicious of City Hall, and believed minorities would be granted superior benefits if allowed to pursue legislation that would expand civil rights and economic equality.

Item 4: September 29, 1967 (reel #06-2)Add to your cart.

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This session began with further discussion over which individuals and organizational representatives would be most valuable in furthering the aims and ideas of the group. It was emphasized several times that members of the Board of Education and Board of Supervisors, of whom too few were in attendance, were desperately needed in order to implement new policy within their respective organizations. Furthermore, the presence of greater numbers of public officials was considered to be crucial by virtue of their extensive connections within the community, and broad capacity to reach out to and persuade the public at large in regards to the necessity and merit of those new policies. It was agreed that the group should be expanded to include members of the Council of Churches and the Central Labor Council, and in addition that all those invited to attend be leading members within their organizations in order to affect significant change.

After some deliberation, the group broached the initial problem of how minorities were perceived within the community, and how this perception affected their ability to find employment, housing and fair representation in San Diego. The group debated that while the press could be useful in providing a healthy medium for discussion in the community, it was at that time largely in the hands of the white majority and used to spread fear and disinformation about minorities, often pitting one side against another in order to maximize readership. This was especially the case for non-white green-card carriers, who were perceived by whites to be cheating “true Americans” out of work, and keeping the minimum wage down by not participating in strikes. The fact that this narrow view of immigrants was so prevalent was of great concern to many members, who saw the consequences to be an increased number of deportations of non-violent people, and the breaking up of families, neighborhoods and businesses which had been established in San Diego for decades. Members agreed that while the blame should lie with those responsible, the first tasks to combat this mode of thought should be to allow minority voices to become more prominent in public discussion, and to educate those in power of the harms of these policies.

Many in the group voiced their frustrations over the slow-pace of the meetings, so to accommodate this request a motion was passed to further discuss what action to take when conflicting views cannot be settled, and to put specific problems and areas of focus onto the agenda two weeks from that point in order to gather all necessary information and experts to find a solution. The group agreed to begin next weeks’ session with discussion over the transit system, and that time for dialogue should be limited so as to allow more time for problem-solving.

Item 5: October 13, 1967 (reel #07-1)Add to your cart.
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Item 6: October 27, 1967 (reel #07-2)Add to your cart.
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Item 7: November 10, 1967 (reel #08-1)Add to your cart.
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Item 8: December 1, 1967 (reel #08-2)Add to your cart.
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Item 9: December 15, 1967 (reel #09-1)Add to your cart.
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Item 10: January 12, 1968 (reel #09-2)Add to your cart.
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Item 11: January 26, 1968 (reel #10-1)Add to your cart.
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Item 12: February 9, 1968 (reel #11-1)Add to your cart.
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Item 13: February 14, 1968 (reel #01-1)Add to your cart.
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Item 14: February 23, 1968 (reel #10-2)Add to your cart.
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Item 15: March 8, 1968 (reel #11-2)Add to your cart.
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Item 16: April 5, 1968 (reel #12-1)Add to your cart.
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Item 17: April 19, 1968 (reel #12-2)Add to your cart.
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Item 18: May 3, 1968 (reel #13-1)Add to your cart.
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Item 19: May 17, 1968 (reel #13-2)Add to your cart.
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Item 20: June 7, 1968 (reel #14-1)Add to your cart.

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This meeting took place 2 days after the assassination of Robert Kennedy.

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Item 21: June 21, 1968 (reel #14-2)Add to your cart.

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Item 22: July 12, 1968 (reel #15-1)Add to your cart.

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Item 23: July 26, 1968 (reel #16-2)Add to your cart.

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Item 24: August 2 ,1968 (reel #16-1)Add to your cart.

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Item 25: September 6, 1968 (reel #17-1)Add to your cart.

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Agenda: discussion of police review board.

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Item 26: September 20, 1968 (reel #17-2)Add to your cart.

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Agenda: sensitivity training for police officers.

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Item 27: October 4, 1968 (reel #18-1)Add to your cart.

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Item 28: October 18, 1968 (reel #18-2)Add to your cart.

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Item 29: November 1, 1968 (reel #02-2)Add to your cart.

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Item 30: December 6, 1968 (reel #03-2)Add to your cart.

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Agenda: education.

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Item 31: December 20, 1968 (reel #03-1)Add to your cart.

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Agenda: education.

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Item 32: January 10, 1969 (reel #04-1)Add to your cart.

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Agenda: education.

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Item 33: January 31, 1969 (reel #04-2)Add to your cart.

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Agenda: communications and news media. Note: this recording has very poor sound quality.

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Item 34: February 14, 1969 (reel #02-1)Add to your cart.

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Agenda: communications.

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Item 35: February 28, 1969 (reel #02-1)Add to your cart.

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Agenda: the news media and the minority community.

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Item 36: March 14, 1969 (reel #21-2)Add to your cart.

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Item 37: March 28, 1969 (reel #05-1)Add to your cart.

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Item 38: April 11, 1969 (reel #05-2)Add to your cart.
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Item 39: May 9, 1969 - part 1? (reel #20-1)Add to your cart.
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Item 40: May 9, 1969 - part 2? (reel #20-2)Add to your cart.
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Item 41: June 6, 1969 (reel #19-1)Add to your cart.

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Item 43: Special Report on 'Sunday in the Park' July 13, 1969 [booklet], August 11, 1969Add to your cart.

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