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"28 Days at the Piccadilly" Program

Object Number: 2008.001.0042
Category: Oral Histories
Oral history interview subject: Clarence Broadnax
Oral history interview subject: Rev. Earl Allen
Oral history interviewer: Bob Ray Sanders
Type of Object: Oral history
Dimensions: 64 Minutes
Medium: DVD-R
Videotaped program titled "28 Days at the Piccadilly," featuring Clarence Broadnax, Rev. Earl Allen, and moderator Bob Ray Sanders. Illustrated with surveillance photographs in the Museum’s Dallas County Sheriff’s Department Collection, this program featured two organizers of a 1964 civil rights protest at the Piccadilly Cafeteria on Commerce Street in Dallas.

Civil rights activist Clarence Broadnax was the first African-American hairstylist hired to work at the Neiman Marcus department store in Dallas. A member of the NAACP and the Nation of Islam, he was one of the key organizers of the prominent 1964 protest of the downtown Piccadilly Cafeteria, and he was arrested on several different occasions during the civil rights movement.

A civil rights activist, Rev. Earl Allen was pastor of the Highland Hills Methodist Church in Dallas in 1963. A leader with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), he also helped organized the Piccadilly protest.

A respected newspaper, radio and television journalist in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Bob Ray Sanders was a student at an African-American high school in Fort Worth in 1963. On Thanksgiving Day that year, his marching band performed a memorial tribute to President Kennedy. Sanders was later an active supporter of the civil rights and peace movements of the 1960s and 1970s.

Program conducted at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza on June 11, 2008. The program is one hour and four minutes long.

The video attached to this record is an excerpt. The entire program is available in our Reading Room to on-site researchers or by submitting a Rights & Reproductions Request Form.
Curator's Notes

All three program participants also recorded one-on-one oral history interviews with The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. - Stephen Fagin, Associate Curator

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