Fifty years of the University City Swim Club; history of swimming pool segregation in America


Guests: Dr. Lynda Murray Jackson, Nancy Drye & Jeff Wiltse

“They Said it Couldn’t Be Done.” In June 1964, black and white families in West Philadelphia pooled their resources and created a private swim club for their families and friends. Fifty years later membership at the University City Swim Club is at capacity, and it shares an anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act. Our guest, DR. LYNDA MURRAY JACKSON’s father was one of the charter members of the club. She grew up swimming at the pool and is now the treasurer. Former board member and administrator, NANCY DRYE, has seen the club through challenges over many years.  And University of Montana history professor, JEFF WILTSE, joins us to discuss America’s long legacy of discrimination in swimming pools.

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