Civil Rights in Indianapolis
Dr. A. D. Pinckney to Friend Letter, August 31, 1973
Pinckney writes that Indianapolis' reputation for being free from serious racial issues is being put to the test by the challenge of school desegregation. He asks for the recipient's support in ensuring the desegregation plan outlined by the courts is implemented in a peaceful manner.
Thomas E. Parker, Jr. Report on Racial Discrimination, April 30, 1974
In this report, Department of Administration Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Officer Thomas E. Parker, Jr. summarizes the details and results of a racial discrimination charge against the Department of Administration by Linda Triplett and Karen Meurer.
Herbert A. Gillen to Mayor Hudnut Letter, May 8, 1985
In the spring of 1985, Mayor Hudnut appeared on several television shows defending the city of Indianapolis' affirmative action policies against a suit filed by the Department of Justice. Hudnut received hundreds of letters like this one, both those in favor of and opposed to affirmative action, from citizens in Indiana and across the country.
Mayor Hudnut to Edwin Meese III Letter, September 18, 1985
In this letter, Mayor Hudnut writes to Attorney General Edwin Meese in defense of affirmative action policies in the Indianapolis Fire and Police Departments and urges the AG to reconsider the federal government's suit to end the program.
Black Panther Rally to Combat Facism Flyer, August 1969
This flyer advertises a Black Panther rally at Military Park in Indianapolis on August 17, 1969 to combat what the party views as fascism in Indiana. The flyer invites all people concerned about oppressed people to attend the rally, although it has strong criticism for the Progressive Labor Party.
Decision for the High Schools Editorial, January 28, 1970
This WFBM editorial discusses the plan approved by the Indianapolis School Board to integrate the city's high schools. The editorial board comes out in favor of the integration plan but also acknowledges some of the chief objections to the plan.
David Abdulrasheed to Mayor Hudnut Letter, October 1, 1987
Abdulrasheed, an African American citizen in Indianapolis, writes to Mayor Hudnut about the shooting of Michael Taylor. Abdulrasheed references unrest in other cities and the 1969 riots on Indiana Avenue and says that he hopes Hudnut will help to bring out the truth in this case.
Mayor Hudnut to Brady Williams Letter, October 12, 1987
Mayor Hudnut writes to Brady Williams, Acting U.S. District Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, to confirm his willingness to conduct an independent investigation into the shooting death of Michael Taylor through the FBI and the Justice Department.
Citizens' Demands to Mayor Hudnut, Richard Blankenbaker & Paul Annee, October 3, 1987
This unsigned document addressed to Mayor Hudnut, Director of Public Safety Richard Blankenbaker, and IPD Chief Paul Annee provides a list of demands for changes in Indianapolis law enforcement following the Michael Taylor shooting.