Letter from Isaiah Bennett to Norman Hill, President of A. Philip Randolph Institute, detailing South Carolina chapter political activities

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  • ["CHARLESTON CHAPTER\nOF THE\nA. Philip Randolph Institute\n119 SPRING STREET\nUPSTAIRS\nCHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA 29403\n\nJune 17, 1980\n\nMr. Norman Hill, President\nA. Philip Randolph Institute\n260 Park Avenue South\nNew York, N.Y. 10010\n\nDear Mr. Hill:\n\nThis letter is in reference to my letter dated June 2, 1980 in which we requested\nfunds in electing our friends to public office in the state of South Carolina.\n\nCharles \"Pug\" Ravenel was successful in his bid for the congressional seat of the\n1st District. His opposition in the general election is one of the most Anti-Union,\nyoung canidate today, and a strong supporter of Strom Thurmond. We know that \"Pug\"\nwill be in a battle during the general election.\n\nI also stated that we had two Black canidates running for the South carolina\nSenate. This contest resulted in one of them being victorious and will be in a runoff.\nWm [William] \"Bill\" Saunders, a Black canidate will face William Youngblood who is White.\nThis is the first time a Black has had the opportunity to be elected. We are a part\nof a colation [sic] to make Mr. Saunders Runoff a victory.\n\nAs I stated to you in the New York, the Georgetown APRI [A. Philip Randolph Institute] Chapter is not active and\nas result of our investigation, we found partisan politics for the two Black Canidates\nfor the senate seat. We couldn't put money there because they were not active; as\nindicated sometime ago they were excluded, by default and no recoginizeable leader\nemerge to participate in APRI [A. Philip Randolph Institute] functions throughout the year.\n\nThe Hampton APRI [A. Philip Randolph Institute], was most effective in the congressional Race and helped turn the\ntide for Ravenel in that area also, the Florence Chapter did a good job in behalf\nof John Jenrette.\n\nIn conclusion, the general election will be a battle against the opposition and\nwe are continually working and planning meetings with friends for Ravenel and\nSaunders. The runoff for senate will be June 29th and we're working diligently to\nget the First Black elected since the 1800\".\n\nSincerely Yours,\nIsaiah Bennett\nIsaiah Bennett, President\n\ncc: James Johnson\nEttaphine Scott\nFrankie Jones"]
Title:
Letter from Isaiah Bennett to Norman Hill, President of A. Philip Randolph Institute, detailing South Carolina chapter political activities
Creator:
Bennett, Isaiah (1926-2002)
Date:
1980-06-17
Description:
Letter from Isaiah Bennett to Norman Hill, President of A. Philip Randolph Institute, detailing South Carolina chapter political activities, including the primary victory of Charles Ravenel.
Collection:
Isaiah Bennett Papers, ca. 1932-2002
Contributing Institution:
Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
A. Philip Randolph Institute, Ravenel, Charles Dufort, 1938-
Topical Subject:
African Americans--Politics and government--South Carolina--History--20th century, African Americans--Suffrage--South Carolina--Charleston--History--20th century, Labor unions--South Carolina
Geographic Subject:
Charleston (S.C.)
Shelving Locator:
AMN 1056
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
image/jpeg
Digitization Specifications:
600 dpi, 24-bit depth, color, Epson Expression 10000XL, Archival masters are tiffs.
Copyright Status Statement:
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