Guide to the Citizens Interracial Committee (CIC) Community Dialogue Tapes

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Guide to the Citizens Interracial Committee (CIC) Community Dialogue Tapes 1967/1969

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Citizens Interracial Committee (CIC) Community Dialogue Tapes
Dates: 1967-1969
Identification: MS-0490
Creator: Citizens Interracial Committee
Physical Description: 0.42 linear ft
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
Phone: 619-594-6791
Note:
Other Information:
Additional information may be found at http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee

Historical 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.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Geographic Name:

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

Topical Term:

Race discrimination -- California -- San Diego -- History -- 20th century -- Sources

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

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Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

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.

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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

Scope and Contents

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

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1

August 18, 1967 (reel #22-1)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel22-1 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.
Box 1

September 1, 1967 (reel #22-2)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel22-2 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.
Box 1

September 15, 1967 (reel #06-1)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel06-1
Box 1

September 29, 1967 (reel #06-2)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel06-2
Box 1

October 13, 1967 (reel #07-1)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel07-1
Box 1

October 27, 1967 (reel #07-2)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel07-2
Box 1

November 10, 1967 (reel #08-1)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel08-1
Box 1

December 1, 1967 (reel #08-2)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel08-2
Box 1

December 15, 1967 (reel #09-1)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel09-1
Box 1

January 12, 1968 (reel #09-2)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel09-2
Box 1

January 26, 1968 (reel #10-1)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel10-1
Box 1

February 9, 1968 (reel #11-1)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel11-1
Box 1

February 14, 1968 (reel #01-1)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel01-1
Box 1

February 23, 1968 (reel #10-2)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel10-2
Box 1

March 8, 1968 (reel #11-2)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel11-2
Box 1

April 5, 1968 (reel #12-1)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel12-1
Box 1

April 19, 1968 (reel #12-2)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel12-2
Box 1

May 3, 1968 (reel #13-1)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel13-1
Box 1

May 17, 1968 (reel #13-2)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel13-2
Box 1

June 7, 1968 (reel #14-1)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel14-1 Click here to view meeting minutes from this session.
Box 1

June 21, 1968 (reel #14-2)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel14-2
Box 1

July 12, 1968 (reel #15-1)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel15-1
Box 1

July 26, 1968 (reel #16-2)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel16-2
Box 1

August 2 ,1968 (reel #16-1)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel16-1
Box 1

September 6, 1968 (reel #17-1)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel17-1
Box 1

September 20, 1968 (reel #17-2)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel17-2
Box 1

October 4, 1968 (reel #18-1)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel18-1
Box 1

October 18, 1968 (reel #18-2)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel18-2
Box 1

November 1, 1968 (reel #02-2)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel02-2
Box 1

December 6, 1968 (reel #03-2)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel03-2
Box 1

December 20, 1968 (reel #03-1)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel03-1
Box 1

January 10, 1969 (reel #04-1)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel04-1
Box 1

January 31, 1969 (reel #04-2)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel04-2
Box 1

February 14, 1969 (reel #02-1)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel02-1
Box 1

February 28, 1969 (reel #02-1)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel02-1
Box 1

March 14, 1969 (reel #21-2)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel21-2
Box 1

March 28, 1969 (reel #05-1)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel05-1
Box 1

April 11, 1969 (reel #05-2)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel05-2
Box 1

May 9, 1969 - part 1? (reel #20-1)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel20-1
Box 1

May 9, 1969 - part 2? (reel #20-2)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel20-2
Box 1

June 6, 1969 (reel #19-1)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel19-1
Box 1

No date (reel #11-3)

Scope and Contents

http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/citizens-interracial-committee#reel11-3