What was the last major racially-segregated event in the US?
February 18, 2014 6:04 AM Subscribe
Does anyone know what the last segregated event was in the US ? I'm curious about "major events", say around 10,000 people.
posted by dubold to Society & Culture (8 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
A friend of mine asked this question, and I'm really curious, so I thought I'd query the hivemind.
"On 11 February 1964, the Beatles' first US concert took place, at Washington Coliseum.
Apparently the first Beatles American tour had a rider that they wouldn't play any segregated gigs.
From Wikipedia: The Beatles played a concert at the Gator Bowl on their first American Tour on September 11, 1964. It is notable because once the Beatles found out that the concert was going to be segregated, they refused to play there unless they allowed the audience to be desegregated, as there was no segregation in Europe. Paul McCartney went on record about their disapproval of the situation and their lack of understanding of segregation in the first place. John Lennon said, "We never play to segregated audiences and we aren't going to start now. I'd sooner lose our appearance money." They did end up playing to a desegregated audience.
So by 1964 there were still events that were segregated in the South. Any idea what the last major segregated events were?
I'm asking because I'm wondering how many European acts were performing in the 1950's and 60's to segregated audiences in the US?"