RPW to Roy Wilkins Letter 11/19/64
RPW asks about the lawsuit against the Aunt Jemima Pancake House and about financial support from whites for the Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
RPW to Roy Wilkins Letter 11/19/64 Searchable TextCollapse
November 19, 1964
Mr Roy Wilkins,
20 West 40,
New York City.
Dear Mr Wilkins:
Thank you very much for your kind letter and for the material you sent me. But you remember the old saying, “One good turn deserves another.” The true meaning of that, I find, is that when you do a man a good turn you have to do him another. At least, that is the construction I am putting on the adage, and so am asking for another good turn. That is, I want to ask you another batch of questions.
(1) I am still trying to collect what information I can about the context of White’s remark in Life as to the proportion of “white money” that goes into the movement. Is there any information available – or educated guess – about your Legal Defense and Educantional [sic] Fund? And of course I’d be grateful for any leads on any other aspects of the situation. A lot is said here and there on the subject but I don’t want to parrot things without making some effort to get some facts for context.
(2) More than [a] year ago I raed [sic] that the Aunt Jemima Pan Cake House chain had an action brought against it (in, I think, the Middle West) by the NAACP. Is any information available about this. What I really want to do is to verify the fact that some action was taken.
I won’t even bother to apologize for trouble [sic] you.
With warm regards,
Robert Penn Warren
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