RE: International Davis Cup Meet, Newport Beach California, April 15-17, 1977

by Jewell Handy Gresham, Coalition of Concerned Black Americans
New York, New York, United States
April 20, 1977
2 pages
Type: Correspondence
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Letter from Jewell Gresham, Executive Director of the Coalition of Concerned Black Americans, to John Backe, President of CBS, complaining about its coverage of the International Davis Cup meet held at Newport Beach, California under the auspices of the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF) and the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA). Gresham argues that the coverage had political implications, which if left unaddressed, unfairly compromise the interests and welfare of the American Black community. Gresham requests that CBS grant equal time to members of the Coalition to present its views about the appearance of South African athletes in competitive play on U.S. courts. One or two other people from the sports world who oppose to South African participation in international sports exchange would also be asked to be present. The letter mentions Secretary of State Vance, Attorney General Bell, the New York Times, Haywood Burns, Dr. Charles Cobb, the United Church of Christ (UCC), the Division of Race and Society, the National Conference of Black Churchmen, Lennox Hinds, Esq., the Federal Communications Commission, and the National Conference of Black Lawyers.
Collection: Private collection of Robert Edgar