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by Official, Cause His Criminal Prosecution Prosecution Under Civil Rights Law For the first time since the passage of the Civil Rights Law in this Sut, a white man is being criminally prosecuted prosecuted for discriminations against colored colored citiien. There have lieen several civil actions against white firms and cor-. cor-. cor-. porattons but there has never bern criminal criminal proceedings, although sections 514 of the Penal Code of Stale of New ork makes it a criminal ortciise to discriminate discriminate against any person on account of race, creed or color, punishable by :t (me of nm less ihxn .sO, nor more than $500, and not less than thirty days imprisonment nor more than ninety days. This case is particularly important in that it establishes a precedent in the law, and is a very important event for col-uied col-uied col-uied people in this country. Last Monday, two young adored men, ictor R. Dalv head of the department of investigation, reference and research of the New York Urban League, and Hirnld E. Simmelkiaer a enun Krn .1 ui Municipal Court, entered I'ambra 'I lu aire -I -I 1 Uih -i -i the Al-M Al-M Al-M Seventh Avenue. Mr. Simmelkjaer asked in; uj nniee lor an orchestra ticket to Wednesday's matinee. A ticket was issued him. hut upon examination it proved to be for a balcony seat. The clerk informed him that there were not seats left for Wednesday, although ii was early on Monday that the ticket w;as requested. This aroused the suspicions suspicions of Daly and Simmelkjaer, so they stepped up to a young Jewish man who was standing in the lobby and telling rum of their suspicions requested him t purchase an orchestra ticket for them. m, ,,i.. rnica. and on inquiring for a ticket at the window, was given ; He; in iif fi ,-t ,-t ,-t row. The Treasurer's Statement The two colored men then stepped up to the window and asked the clerk why it was they couldn't buy an orchestra ticket, while a white man could get one in the liffh row. a half minute later. 1 lien the man in the ticket office, thinking thinking that he had two harmless, ignorant Krsrns to deal with, marit the state-inent state-inent state-inent which will probably cost him thirtv etvin'" tc "", ,hf A"imbra Theatre WW. These Wfre his words: "I am the Treasurer of the Alhambra Theatre Corporation, and 1 have instructions instructions not to sell orchestra ticket to any colored people in this theatre." Whereupon the colored men inquired his name, which was given as Kenneth Marccau. They left the theatre and went directly to the nearest court. A summons was issued by Judge Silverman after the circumstances were explained to him. Tne young men served l lie summons themselves. Monday, August M), the case came up at the Magistraies Court on St. Nicholas Avenue and 167th street. I lie trcasur ot the Alhambra was orcd men had ito lawjer, but represented represented their own case. Judge Silverman listened attentively to the whole proceedings. proceedings. . When the case came tu an end the Judge congratulated the colored men and slated that he agreed with ihetn thoroughly "n 'heir cHorts to stamp out this discrimination where it was utterly uncalled for. Te state that Irom the evidence presented there was .Ma'rrrau under bond pending trial tie only one thing io do. namely, to hold Mr. lore Special Sessions of the Criminal Conn. . The Judge further advised the young men tn bring a civil suit against ihc Corporation, which wouid entiilc 1 liiem to .damages amounting to each. ! Discrimination on Keith Circuit In the testimony. Mr. Simmelkjaer pointed out that this discrimination was not local to the Alhambra Theatre, but was the national policy of the Keith Circuit, rendering it impossible for a colored person to buy an orchestra ticket ticket in any of the Keith Theatres tliroug-out tliroug-out tliroug-out the country. Mr. Daly, who has just won a suit amounting to SI J00 against a restaurant restaurant in Greenwich Village, stated to the Court that the colrred people have been hoodwinked by theatres in this district for a long time and it is only now that they are beginning lo realize that they are being discriminated against. He cited a ease of having to battle a way through a crowd of ushers before he could get lo an orchestra seat which he purchased in Loews Victoria Theatre in 125th street. I

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  1. The New York Age,
  2. 04 Sep 1920, Sat,
  3. Page 6

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