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State of DefianceChallenging the Johns Committee's Assault on Civil Liberties$

Judith G. Poucher

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049939

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049939.001.0001

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(p.153) Appendix Documents from the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee Records

(p.153) Appendix Documents from the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee Records

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State of Defiance
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University Press of Florida

Document One

July 28, 1956

ATTENTION

ALL WHITE CITIZENS OF THE DAYTONA BEACH AREA

On last week the fine citizens of our area organized a chapter of the White Citizens Council in this section. Since that time we have been encouraged by the moral support of meany of the fine citizens of Daytona Beach, including such men as Rev. Ralph Todd of the First Methodist Church, Mr. Henry Coleman of the Commercial Bank, H. M. Bixler of the YMCA, Owen Eubanks of the Florida Loan, Rev. Jack Bryant of Port Orange, and City Manager Allen of Daytona Beach. Aside from this it has been heartening to know that our State legislature is with us, led by Gov. Collins. We feel that they will back any organization that is against the Negro and his mad craze for civil rights.

Our objectives are these:

  1. 1. To preserve segregation in the public schools, if this means closing the schools and using the money for private schools for White children.

  2. 2. To keep Negroes off the public beach and areas that immediatly join the beach.

  3. 3. To destroy the Intergrated Ministerial Association in Daytona Beach.

  4. (p.154) 4. To institute a mild program of violence to frighten the Negro into submission, stopping only short of bombing their homes as we did at Mims in 1951, through the old KKK.

  5. 5. To demand the destruction of the NAACP, a step the legislature has already taken. Their records should be destroyed and their leaders defamed and prosecuted.

  6. 6. To work closly with the newly organized KKK. We feel that our Governor and legislature are with us, for they have not as yet mention the revival.

  7. 7. To force a city ordinance by which Negroes will not be granted the privilege of public protest on any matter.

  8. 8. To close all facilities to Negroes in the downtown area.

  9. 9. To ban through our legislature all mixed sports, including the baseball team that trains here in the winter and have already written the team of our distaste for Negroes on their teams.

  10. 10. To institute a program that will result in the investigation of Negroes churches. If the churches can't be banned, certinly their ministers can be prosecuted for advocating civil rights, and ultimately chased from the pulpits.

  11. 11. And finally, to follow Mississippi in Burning all Books that speak of interracial fellowship and teaches that the Negro should be granted first class citizenship.

Read the paper for our next meeting on Tuesday, and come and join us in this great crusade to preserve the power of the white race. The News Journal will be against us, but yhis will not matter. It is run by Jews who themselves are one step above Negroes. Rev. Todd will bring the prayer on next week, and a list of undesirable Negroes will be circulated.

THE WHITE CITIZENS COUNCIL OF DAYTONA BEACH

John Larsen, William Leonard, Eric_enner [illegible]

White Citizens’ Council flyer. Note references to the Moore assassinations and to the Johns Committee at numbers 4 and 5, respectively. Box 17, file 19. By permission of the State Archives of Florida, Tallahassee. (Because of the poor reproduction quality of the original, this document was retyped, retaining the original document's typographical and spelling errors.)

(p.155) Document Two

Appendix Documents from the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee Records

Committee-created chart, attempting to show connections among civil rights groups and activists. Box 12, file 103. By permission of the State Archives of Florida, Tallahassee.

(p.156) Document Three

Appendix Documents from the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee Records

Undated memo referring to homosexual investigations as beginning in 1957, during the Johns Committee's first full year of operations. Box 1, file 27. By permission of the State Archives of Florida, Tallahassee.