1967 - "Police and the Ghetto" meeting in San Francisco


By the end of July, 1967, police and poor, black communities across the nation were in a state of tension that had been building for years.  Community anger over police brutality, severe unemployment, and a lack of decent housing had led to riots in Harlem, Philadelphia and Watts that destroyed businesses and police had killed dozens of people.  The appearance of  "Black Power" advocates and new, militant black groups such as the Black Panthers was creating confusion and tension among the building coalition of whites and blacks in the mainstream civil rights movement.

I photographed a July 22, 1967 meeting entitled "Police and the Ghetto," held in a building called "The Hall of Flowers" in Golden Gate Park.  I recognized a number of black leaders and activists among the largely white, progressive audience.  Speakers included Mark Comfort, community activist, Cassandra Davis, Robert Kaufman, UC
Berkeley history graduate and long-time campus activist and political mentor, Barbara Lindsay, San Jose author and and local activist.  The meeting was covered by public radio station KPFA, and San Francisco news stations.

This meeting was typical of the way in which the Bay Area progressive community seemed to respond to issues at the forefront of their concerns.  They usually gathered with diversity of ethnicity, political leanings, and ages.  I would appreciate any information you readers can provide about names of those photographed, the topics discussed, and any actual results.


The audience listened attentatively, asked questions and contributed information


At first I thought this gesticulating speaker was Thomas Burbridge, President of the San Francisco NAACP.  I think that's wrong.  Can you provide me with his name, etc,?


That's Robert "Bob" Kaufman standing to speak, next to ______________ Brown. 


Cassandra "Cassie" Davis (now Lopez) speaking


Mark Comfort, Oakland community activist, in Latino garb.  Lou Hartman, KPFA reporter recording Mark's remarks.