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Dresden Story

Dresden Story
1954, director: Julian Biggs

Excerpt (2:49)


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Ontario passed the Fair Accommodation Practices Act prohibiting racial discrimination in public-access areas such as restaurants in 1954. In this excerpt from a 1954 film, we see panels of Black and White residents of Dresden expressing conflicting opinions on discrimination. Hugh Burnette, National Unity Association spokesman, states that actions can be regulated by law, harmonious feelings can come later.