GEORGE E. BROWN JR. - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/01/1973 - HFSID 79118
GEORGE E. BROWN JR.
The activist who became a congressman signs this letter encouraging favorable consideration of the Riverside Unified School District's Emergency School Aid Act application
Typed Letter signed: "George E. Brown Jr." in blue ink, 1p, 8x10½. No place, 1973 June 1. On official congressional letterhead. Addressed to: "Dr. Herman R. Goldberg/ Director/ Division of Equal Educational Opportunities/ Office of Education/ 400 Maryland Ave., S.W./ Washington, D.C. 20202". Written to "Dear Dr. Goldberg". In full: "The Riverside Unified School District has submitted a emergency school aid act application for $1,296,325 in funds which are to be used to reduce the discrepancies between minority and non-minority students in achievement levels and to reduce racial tensions. I am proud to represent a large part of the Riverside Unified School District, a district which has achieved national prominence through its early and conscientious efforts to achieve integration./ These funds are important not only to the successful implementation of this program but, more importantly, to making it possible for every child involved to achieve his full potential, something which is not otherwise likely in any urban school district struggling with excessive class sizes and the many other ills to which they are prone./ In addition to the sheer importance of this grant to the educational needs of the students, I am impressed by the extent of civic support for the program. This portends well for its eventual success./ I think you can read in my remarks my enthusiastic support for this application and my hope that your office will give it serious consideration./ Sincerely". George E. Brown Jr. (1920-1999) served as a Democratic congressman from 1963 to 1971, and again from 1973 until 1999, representing a number of different Southern California counties. He first attended Central Junior college and then transferred to UCLA, where he became involved in the University Housing Cooperative Association. Although Brown initially registered as a conscientious objector, he eventually rescinded his status as an objector and served in World War II. Following the war he completed his BS at UCLA and began working for the Department of Water and Power for the city of Los Angeles. He then became involved in the local politics of Monterey Park, eventually becoming the town's mayor. Brown's congressional career was defined by his anti-war stance, his unwavering support for civil rights legislation, and his interest in promoting science policy. Staple holes at upper left-hand corner. Corners and edges worn and creased. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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