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1966 U.S. Civil Rights Commission Hearings in Cleveland: Health

Map of Cleveland with infant mortality rates by Census tract in 1964.
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

In a relatively short session focused on public health, a physician and a researcher briefed the U.S. Civil Rights Commission on infant mortality rates, prenatal care and the limited availability medical staff in Cleveland's African American communities. 

Listen to all the testimony below. Audio is courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration. 

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  • William C. Payne Jr., program analyst for the Federal Programs Division of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
  • Dr. Joanne E. Finley, Health Council of the Cleveland Welfare Federation
1966 Civil Rights Commission Hearings: Health

Nick Castele was a senior reporter covering politics and government for Ideastream Public Media. He worked as a reporter for Ideastream from 2012-2022.