This is a picture of the original document, my father’s last fundraising letter in 1972, after he resigned from the orchestra. The picture on the blog is a thumbnail, which links to a full-resolution document when you click on it. The header for the stationery was in use for many years. I took the photo. More Wikipedia source material.
“Jim………..The cops in Philly stopped me back un the good old days on South Street,I was dressed in White- Tie and Tails. I was on my way to the Academy of Music to play with the Philadelphia Orchestra. I lived in walking distance of the hall………They were dressed in leather and they had a very angry German Shepard with them. They asked me to prove that I owned the 3 horns in the case. I picked up my C trumpet and played the loudest notes I have ever played………..With hands on guns they told me to get the heck off the street. I miss Philly:-)”
Wilmer related this experience in response to getting his first hoodie and the jokes that followed noting it was a dangerous piece of clothing to wear in light of the Trayvon Martin case.
More Wikipedia source material to demonstrate the kind of racism black classical musicians faced when the Symphony of the New World was formed.
This is a photograph of a flyer made by the Symphony of the New World of the Joan Peyser NY Times article. I framed the flyer. It is in my home. I took the photograph. More Wikipedia sourcing. This image is linked to a full-resolution photograph, which I took, so it can be read. This article without Symphony of the New World fundraising images can also be downloaded from the NY Times digital library.
More Source material for Wikipedia
Joan Peyser, “The Negro in Search of an Orchestra”, ”The New York Times”, November 26, 1967
Another document for the source material for Wikipedia.
As I write the Wikipedia page, I will be putting documents up on this blog for reference to original source material.