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The New York Times
December 12, 1947, p. 35

Fast to Address Rally

Author Banned From Brooklyn College to Speak at School


Although banned from speaking at Brooklyn College next Monday, Howard Fast, who is awaiting sentence for contempt of a Congressional investigating committee, will address a rally Thursday night at Midwood High School, adjacent to the college, it was learned yesterday. Meanwhile, 300 students at City College attended a mass meeting yesterday protesting the barring of Mr. Fast and Arnold Johnson, legislative leader of the Communist party, from that campus.
Dr. J.M. Ross, principal of the Midwood High School, has given written permission to the Brooklyn College Chapter of the Committee for the Defense of Civil Liberties to hold the rally in the school auditorium. However, it was understood that Dr. Ross had not been informed officially that Mr. Fast was scheduled to be a speaker.
At the City College mass meeting, Leon Wofsy, executive secretary of the New York State American Youth for Democracy, criticized Dr. John J. Theobald, dean of administration, for his "confused and contradictory" action in barring Mr. Johnson. Dr. Theobald, who was in conference during the day in the office of Dr. Harry N. Wright, college president, announced he would appear at a student council session at 5 P.M. today to "present the viewpoint of the administration."
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