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Amusement Park Bias In Cleveland Outlawed by Ordinance introduced by Charles V. Carr

November 4, 2008

“Many believe this to be the nation’s first Civil Rights Legislation.”

Rufus J. Allen, Registered Public Accountant

He fought hard for a legislation until 1946 when the Euclid Beach Mandate was passed prohibiting any amusement center in the city from racial segregation and discrimination with the loss of license as the penalty…”

Cleveland Plain Dealer

On Monday, September 16,  1946 Atty. Charles V. Carr, Cleveland City Councilman introduced an emergency ordinance designed to outlaw discriminatory practices in Cleveland amusement parks at a council meeting.

This action grew our of a series of assaults and battery charges brought before city courts against Euclid Beach  policemen.  Carr took the matter up with Mayor Thomas E. Burke, and his Amity Council, in the Mayor’s office and suggested the ruling that will be applied to all public parks.

Many believe this to be the nation’s first Civil Rights Legislation.”

Rufus J. Allen

Registered Public Accountant

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Charles V. Carr :The God Father of Black American Politicians

August 4, 2007

By John Bustamante, former Chairman, First Bank

First published March 1982 in , A Salute to Charles V. Carr: Highlights involving the life story of a great man.

Charles V. Carr was not only a legend in Cleveland— he is a man for all seasons.  While his political accomplishments, public services, his early stance as defender of human civil rights are well known–there is another Charles V. Carr that many of the young people do not know and it may have slipped the memory of some of others.

I was Chairman of First Bank and am particularly proud of  Charles Carr as a pioneer in the field of economics.  I became a student of his philosophy after realizing some of his immeasurable achievements.   He blazed the trail for Blacks in establishing a savings and loan association an insurance company a credit union and several businesses. I salute him for his knowledge and power of persuasion in bringing Blacks together and holding them together.

John Bustamante