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September 25, 2013

Step Back in Time: Sept. 25, 3013

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50 years ago

Sept. 25, 1963

The sister of one of America’s best known Negro entertainers, Pearl Bailey, says there is no evident racial discrimination in Oneonta.

In fact, Mrs. Eura (Bailey) Robinson explained that such discrimination is almost non-existent in show business. At least, she said, “I’ve never run into it anywhere.”

Miss Bailey is currently appearing professionally as a singer in one of Oneonta’s night spots, where, accompanied by an organist, she sings current hits. She explained that where her famous sister “sings soft, and slow, and easy, I kind of liven them up a little (waving her hands), a little faster …”

Talking seriously about the problem of racial discrimination that has ravaged parts of the U.S., Miss Bailey expressed sadness that all races couldn’t be at peace with one another.

She told a reporter that she is very much in love with the scenic beauties of Oneonta. “I took a walk up on that mountain (a wave of the hand towards Franklin Mountain) and the colors … they are so beautiful, it is all so beautiful. I love it, I love it very much,” she said.

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